The Application Process
Here to support you throughout the application process, pre-departure, and beyond
After submitting an application form, you’ll receive an interview invitation from us within 3 working days. If successful at interview, a Coordinator will work with you closely to find a school and role which is an ideal fit based on your preferences. You will then start to speak directly with schools, and once you’ve found your perfect match will sign an employment contract.
Check out Opportunity China’s thorough Pre-Departure Guide to ensure you’re fully prepared before heading to China!
Regardless of where you are in the world, Opportunity China are here every step of the way, contactable via email, we chat, skype and telephone.
Assessing your eligibility to teach in China is easy. If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a native-English-speaking country, and no form of criminal record, Opportunity China welcome your application.
Once offered a role by an employer school, you will also need a minimum 120 hour TEFL certificate*, or a reference letter demonstrating 2 years of professional or teaching experience after graduating from your bachelor’s degree.
These are the basic requirements set by the Chinese government to obtain a work ‘Z’ visa.
Of course, we look for teachers with engaging and friendly personalities, those who exhibit skills in resilience and flexibility as well as excellent communication and presentation skills, and cross-cultural understanding.
*You can start your TEFL Qualification after applying to Opportunity China.
Teach China Graduate Program – February 2018 intake
Ambitious? Globally focused? Excellent communication skills? Kick-start your career with this challenging and fulfilling experience of a lifetime.
Our Graduate Program facilitates teaching roles in China for dynamic graduates, combining a paid role with skills training. On completion, you will have gained an exceptional insight into this fascinating country, have enhanced your future employability, and built an excellent foundation on which to hone a rewarding career.
A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in China
Who Are Opportunity China?
Working only with trusted partner schools and education institutions, we’re here to offer personalised advice and resources throughout the process, whether you’re an experienced teaching professional, a first time teacher or are taking a gap year.
We pride ourselves on offering a professional and personalised service to all candidates, right from their initial application through to beginning their dream opportunity in China. Learn more
Connect with Current Teachers in China
Opportunity China encourage teachers to learn about the experiences of others teaching in China. As part of the application and school-matching process, we will always introduce you to a current teacher at the school you choose to work for, and will connect you to other teachers working in the same city as you.
Read more about the experiences of just a few current and former Opportunity China teachers.
I teach adorable children English through playing games for a few hours a day. This is a new experience and a great way to learn a new language. It’s a lot easier to like in China than you think!Luke Edwards, Beijing 2017
Our salary allowed us to live a great lifestyle. Savings varied each month due to travelling etc. RMB6000- 7000 on a good month.Jon Foy, Mianyang 2017
I share a 2-bedroom flat with my boyfriend who works at the same school as I. The location is very good! With our e-bike we reach a lot of places very quickly.Sarina Schramm, Chengdu 2017
I’ve been around Hangzhou West Lake many times and went by boat to the island in the middle. There is also a lovely water fountain by the lake which is very pretty. Baoshi mountain has great views of the lake and the city.Vincent Taylor, Hangzhou 2017
Our feedback is glowing about Opportunity China. Can’t fault it. The fact that we’re dealing with native English speakers, and we can communicate freely and frankly is great. All candidates that I talk to have very positive experiences with Opportunity China – unlike many other recruitment services. Very happy.EF Education Centre Manager, Shenyang
"I had such an amazing time I have fallen in love with Guangzhou and its people. I can honestly say I’m already excited about my next trip to China." by HampusRead more
"We were living in an beautiful apartment in Tianhe District, it was a very safe and spacious area... My host family was very lovely, I’ve learned a lot from them and I will miss living with them. They liked to learn about my culture and enjoyed sharing information about the Chinese culture." by Laurence CoutierRead more
"On my first weekend, I went with several other teachers to take a day trip to Qishan, a national forest park. A teacher had arranged for a van to take us there, a trip that took a couple of hours after some navigation and communication issues, but we finally made it to the mountain and began our hike. It was great to get out of the city and see the mountainside...the trip was also a way for me to chat with teachers from other branches and hear about their experiences." by Helena DuncanRead more
"The Teacher training at Aihua very impressive. It was simple but effective, fun and interesting! My first few lessons made me realise I could teach, even having had no experience beforehand. There's always something to do in Beijing, and there's always something you 'want' to do in Beijing!" by Dominic De CoutoRead more
"The experience has been great! I've gotten on really well with the other teachers I've met. Waking up and looking out of the window, seeing I'm in China is still mad! " by Aaron LemboRead more
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