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Living in China Questions
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- Which visa do I need to work legally in China? To teach legally in China you need to have a Z visa. In order to get this you’ll need a visa invitation letter from your employer. Once you have your invitation letter you can apply for your visa at your local embassy. Your employer shoul...(read more)
- What is the cost of living like in China? Unless you’re living in the centre of Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, living in China is VERY cheap. Many teaching contracts include free accommodation – and if yours doesn’t rent costs from 500 to 1,500RMB per month. A three ...(read more)
- What is the standard of accommodation like in China? Accommodation in China can range from pretty swish to pretty basic. Most apartments have squat toilets and wet rooms, rather than traditional bathrooms, but apart from that your apartment will probably be pretty similar to small studio apartmen...(read more)
- How many hours a week do TEFL teachers in China usually work? This just depends. Teachers in China can end up working anti-social hours at evenings and weekends, so make sure you are firm when signing your contract about what kind of hours you want to work. On average you’ll have 25 contact hours pe...(read more)
- How much tax will I have to pay on my earnings in China? Depending on where you’re working, you’ll pay 0-10% of your salary as tax....(read more)
- Will my employer pay for the cost of my flight to China? Sometimes – you just need to negotiate the cost of your flights to be included as an end of contract bonus....(read more)
Advice from the Experts
A few of our TEFL experts (Dave, Meryl, Laura, Rebecca, Rachel and Rich) have also come out from behind their headsets to answer some of our most popular TEFL questions on camera: please excuse the giggles ‐ they all got a bit nervous!
Anyway, take and look, and if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, just give one of them a call ‐ they don’t seem to be able to keep a straight face, but when it comes to TEFL they really know what they’re talking about!
- 01. I am not a native speaker, can I still do the course / find work?
- 02. Which course is right for me?
- 03. How are i-to-i courses accredited?
- 04. I'm a non native speaker. Can I still do the weekend course?
- 05. How do I pass the weekend course?
- 06. Who attends the weekend course?
- 07. What do I need to bring with me on the weekend course?
- 08. How much of the online course do I need to complete before I attend the weekend course?
- 09. What is the demand for TEFL?
- 10. How do I find work after my course?
- 11. What is the difference between the short course and a 4 week programme?
- 12. Do I need to speak the local language of the county I'm teaching in?
- 13. I don't have a degree, where can I teach?
- 14. Can I still find work with just the 20 hour weekend course?
- 15. Who can TEFL?
- 16. What is TEFL?
- 17. How do i-to-i's courses work?
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