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 teaching language.
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 5, 2014), Dragon Boat Festival (June 2, 2014),
Mid- Autumn Day(Sep 8, 2014)Christmas and New Year. The break in
between the semesters (January/February) is variable but normally lasts
about six weeks.
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 2014, 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.
Class sizes vary depending
on the subject (20 for art classes, 35-45 for language classes).
All overseas lecturers are
provided with free furnished accommodation on campus.