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teach English in china

Speak To Us About This Program:
(+1) 916 692 0226 (USA/ CAN)
(+44) 208 1333 885 (UK)

Shanghai TEFL /TESOL Program Summary

Spend 4 weeks TEFL / TESOL training in one of the most famous metropolitan and modern cities in the world - Shanghai! After which, receive a paid teaching job in China.

Shanghai has an excellent transport system, with buses, metro and even high speed rail. For those who wish to stay in Shanghai and teach English, there are many opportunities because English is a sought after language of business. As well as businesses seeking better English skills for their staff, parents encourage children to be studious and there are many language centers available that cater only to young learners.

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I couldn't recommend this course more highly. I wasn't sure that I'd be a good teacher (or able to make it in China!), but the people I've met and the skills that I've learned through TEFL Heaven have quickly made me feel like a successful member of Shanghai's teaching community.

 Alex O'Hara

​ See full review on the Go Overseas website >>>

Key Program Details

  • Fully Accredited TEFL / TESOL Certificate qualifying you to teach English anywhere in the world
  • Job placement services from our team in Shanghai - so you get all the help that you need to find paid work in China within 30 days of finishing the course
  • Pre-departure guidance on visas, accommodation choices, types of work available, costs of living and salary guides, connections with previous teachers - everything you need to be as prepared as you can be for your paid teaching abroad experience
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    Complimentary accommodation for the duration of your TEFL / TESOL training
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    Free airport transfer including meet and greet on arrival
  • Private Facebook group for your course and session, meaning you can connect with those already booked way before you meet them in person in China
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    Cultural program including free authentic Chinese boxing class, social outings, Graduation dinner and regular alumni meet-ups
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     Volunteering opportunities with local low income public schools 
  • Lifetime worldwide job assistance from our team so you can find work in other countries after your first session teaching abroad
  • Friends come naturally on this program. There are typically 6 or more candidates on the course every month, meaning acquaintances become close friends really quickly

China - The Great Wall, Even Greater History and Modern Cities

From the Great Wall of China, to the long period of the Qing Dynasty to 1949 communism, to the fast growing free markets of China today – China is rich in history, progressive in character and deep in culture. Today, China boasts one of the strongest economies in the world and that means the demand to learn English has grown rapidly as well – with many families willing to pay for the skills they need to get ahead in the world.

When you settle in China however, things quickly become more normal and people are just as friendly as you would expect. The people love foreigners and they love to learn English. Teachers are highly respected and you will find that being a teacher in China is more than just a job. You are an example of the Western world.

You Will Be Fully Qualified After TEFL / TESOL Training

This program consists of 4 weeks TEFL / TESOL training, which will be a mixture of daytime study and some evening work and assignments. TEFL / TESOL trainers will make sure you have everything you need to become a confident teacher of English (TEFL / TESOL) in China.

Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL / TESOL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL / TESOL certificate. The TEFL / TESOL certificate is externally accredited and accepted worldwide.

A Time to Make Friends

After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. Spending so much time each day around the same people who are in the same situation means friendships solidify quickly. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way.

Finding Work is Easy Through Our TEFL / TESOL Team

During the TEFL / TESOL training period, we give you all the tools, resources and contacts you need to secure a paid teaching job. Most jobs are secured within a few weeks after the course, and sometimes even shorter than that. A great benefit is to have our experienced in-country TEFL / TESOL team at your disposal recommending good places to work, and where to avoid applying for jobs.

In China, most teaching jobs are in language centers or kindergarten schools that run all year round.

Contract lengths are for around 6 months or more, but preferably 12 months. Salaries vary, but are around the equivalent of 1800 - 3000 US dollars per month, with costs of living being much lower at about 700 US dollars per month. For a clearer idea of costs, one of our teachers, Stephanie, wrote a China Salary vs. Livings Costs Guide for you.

You Need a Bachelors Degree to Teach English in China

Only those who are native English speaking and hold a bachelors degree (in any subject) can come on this course and teach English in China. In terms of the job placement services, through our experience we know those with a bachelors degree secure jobs within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.

Accommodation is Affordable on a Teaching Salary

Accommodation costs are  all included for the duration of the training period.

After training and when you are in your teaching job, accommodation can be between 500 - 1000 US dollars per month depending on what you want. China has low cost to luxury apartments, and with the salary teacher's receive, many people go mid range.


Minute Consultation CALL

With one of our travel experts to answer any questions you may have about teaching English abroad.

On the call you will discover

  • All of the teaching programs and locations available
  • Program eligibility and criteria
  • More information about the TEFL training period and types of teaching placements on offer
  • The chance to ask us any questions you have 

Program Fees

The full price of the this program in 2019 is $1850 US dollars.  This gives you a 4-week long, fully accredited TEFL / TESOL training certificate in Shanghai, meaning you can teach English and get paid anywhere in the world, as well as job assistance from our team in Shanghai and worldwide lifetime job seeking assistance from TEFL Heaven.

This is split into 2 payments - a booking deposit to secure your place (after a successful Skype / FaceTime interview), and then a final payment normally due 30 days before your selected start date.

The first installment of $550 US dollars is due when you book the program. The final installment of $1,300 US dollars is due no less than 30 days before your course start date. You have to pay the first installment in US dollars, so if this is different than your own currency, please see www.xe.com for current exchange rates, which change daily.

Start Dates

2019 Start Dates

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2020 Start Dates

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Tuesday 6th August – Friday 30th August (spaces left)

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Tuesday 12th November - Friday 6th December (spaces left)


I finished the course and I had a lot of different job opportunities and a lot of guidance from the course instructors, and it really made the whole transition from course to kindergarten really easy.

Sarah Eure

 TEFL Teacher China

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Learn Chinese

There is no faster way to learn Chinese than total immersion when you are in China! It is a hard language for sure, but like anything, it gets easier the more you practice - many people have become expert Chinese speakers.

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In China, as a TEFL teacher you will earn high salaries compared to living costs. There is plenty to spend your money on but with the option if being able to save, it makes China an attractive choice.

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