Teaching Career in China

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Working abroad in China is a great way to get started on this once-in-a-lifetime career teaching abroad in China. We’re offering you the opportunity to live and work abroad, experience new places, new cultures, travel in your spare time, and earn a full-time salary. Once you gain valuable working experience, you can progress on EF's many career paths - as a Senior Teacher, Director Of Studies or in areas like Product Development, Recruitment or Marketing.

You do not need any work experience or to speak Chinese. EF will provide you with training and support to obtain the qualifications you need to work abroad.

We have been in China for over 20 years, so you can be sure of a safe, hassle-free, legal transition to your job in China. All you have to do is take the first step and submit a job application!

The World is Waiting for You

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Package includes:

Competitive local salary

Airport pick-up assistance upon arrival

Flight allowance

Free Mandarin Chinese lessons

Health insurance

Legal Z work visa

Free hotel for your first two weeks

21 days of paid holidays

social & cultural events

Job Requirements

While we welcome applicants with teaching experience, it is not a requirement for applying. You will, however, need these highlighted requirements to be issued a valid work visa. Don’t have all these documents on hand? You can apply and provide them later.

A Bachelor’s Degree

Ability to live abroad for at least one year

A TEFL Certification

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Explore China

Working at EF English First


Teach in our fresh & modern classrooms, designed for EF by award-winning architect William Lim. Our small class sizes create a vibrant environment that encourages interaction between teacher & student.


Experience the future of education with our tech-savvy learning platforms. Interactive whiteboards/touchscreen TVs, iPads, and constant developments from our Tech Team make us leaders in online/offline learning.


Our curriculum is developed in-house, keeping it fresh, fun, and relevant. We provide the materials you need to create a dynamic and innovative classroom even if this is your first teaching experience.

Career Paths

EF English First Teacher Community

When you join EF English First in China, you don’t just join a company, you join a community many of whom become your family away from home. Build relationships that last a lifetime with people from all over the world.

Teacher Testimonials

Matthew G.

I knew EF as a company before I even started looking for a job. You see EF schools in the UK. Having the idea of a big international company, you feel more secure & confident about all the benefits you get.

Vuyo J.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with local Chinese people, Americans, Brits, etc. It’s such a “United Nations” here in Shanghai. The cross-cultural sharing of ideas and strong work ethics has transformed me for the better.

Rob H.

It’s very rewarding to see how students change and develop over time. You can see the children grow up physically and also ability-wise. It’s really amazing to be able to journey with them and see how they get to improve.

Frequently Asked Questions


Shanghai (China)

EF Education First
1st Floor, Jiu An Plaza

Shanghai, China 200040.