Frequently Asked Questions
All teachers should hold at least a Bachelor's degree and some working
experience in order to clear through the visa procedures. Native English
or Japanese speakers with a non relevant degree may apply for language
lecturer posts and if successful will be predominantly assigned to
The year is divided into two semesters. The first begins September 1st
and ends in January (depending on the date of Chinese new year). The
second semester begins at the end of February and lasts until mid July.
There are three days holiday in October and May and one day off for
traditional Chinese Festivals: Qingming (Apr 4, 2013), Dragon Boat
Festival (June 16, 2013), Mid- Autumn Day(Sep 19, 2013)Christmas and
New Year. The break in between the semesters (January/February) is
variable but normally lasts about six weeks.
How many hours will I teach per week?The contracted maximum is 16
periods (45 minutes each) but you may be given less. Actually, in the
past years, most teachers work an average 10-12 hours each week.
Am I expected to teach every day (5 days a week)?No, you can work out a
schedule with the secretaries so that you don't have to teach every day.
What is the
salary? There are three levels of salary. The first is for language
teachers with no relevant qualifications and little experience. The
second is for subject specialists with master’s degrees and/or extensive
experience. The third is for experienced higher education lecturers with
proven research profiles (this would normally include a PhD). The actual
amount varies from year to year and is not currently fixed for the year
2013, but is based on local rates for teaching staff in China. This
year’s rates of pay range between 6, 000 – 8,000 RMB a month, with an
increase of 100 – 500 RMB based on qualifications and experience.
However additional benefits such as accommodation, airfare allowance
effectively double the gross salary. If lecturers choose to work longer
than 16 hours they are contracted to teach, the Office of International
Cooperation & Exchange can arrange additional paid work on campus and in
the city. The cost of living in Zhaoqing is a fraction of that living in
Europe or the USA. It is safe to say that you will not become rich by
international standards teaching at Zhaoqing, but you will be able to
live a very comfortable life. Lecturers who have come from European and
American Universities in the past all report a rise in the quality and
standard of living.
Is a return air
fare provided? On completing an eleven month contract you will receive a
5,000 RMB air ticket allowance. For those working more than a year
foreign teachers are paid the 12th month and also receive the air fare
bonus each year.
Do I have to pay
for my work visa? You need to pay for the initial application, but the
university will pay for the residence permit expenses.
Class sizes vary depending on the subject (20 for art classes, 35-45 for
- What is their English level? This varies greatly throughout the
University. All students have been learning English from elementary
school and have a basic ability to communicate in English. English
Language students are reasonably fluent.
- How can I teach a specialist subject if the students do not understand me? For specialists teaching outside the English department translators
are provided for formal lectures. For practicals, lab time and workshops
teachers should be able to communicate in English.
- What are the teaching facilities like? Most class rooms have multimedia
facilities to project computer presentations, play DVD's and radio
microphones as well as traditional chalk boards.
All overseas lecturers are provided with free furnished accommodation on
- What is provided in the accommodation? Furniture, beds, bedding, air
conditioning, fridge, TV, DVD player, washing machine, microwave etc.
- What bills do I need to pay? Electricity and water are free within a
- Can I get access to the Internet? If you have your own computer it is
possible to arrange a broadband internet connection free of charge at
home, otherwise you can use one of the internet Cafes located outside
the main campus.