Study/Work questions from cash-conscious American grad
April 19, 2012
Hey all, I have a couple questions about moving to Chengdu. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
First some bio — I am an American set to graduate from a Big Ten university in a month. My degree is in Linguistics and I also have a well respected TEFL certificate. I really want to move to China but keep running into a visa problem when looking for employment as an ESL teacher, namely the requirement that two years of post graduate experience are needed for a proper work visa.
Lately I have been thinking of coming to study Chinese on a student visa as a Chinese language student. My Chinese is pretty elementary but I am very eager to learn. By the end of the summer after I buy my plane ticket I will probably have about $2500 (¥15,000) in hand to fund my study. I think this will only be enough to pay my tuition for one semester (assuming ~¥8000) and get me started for a couple months. I have settled on Chengdu as my target destination so I have a couple question for the community.
1. How hard is it for a reasonably well-qualified foreigner to find teaching or tutoring work on a student visa? (I know this is not strictly legal)
2. Would it be possible to earn enough to fund future study beyond my first semester?
Again, any insight would be greatly appreciated .. I think I've exhausted the helpfulness of Google in getting these questions answered so I hope dealing with some real humans will prove a little more effective!
May 27, 2012
It is easy to find some part time job here. There are lots of English training school in Chengdu. Most of the training schools need native English speaker. The price on average for foreigners are 150RMB per hour.
Some of the schools need experienced teacher. I dont know if you are comfortable with kids or not from age 8 to 18. By the way the English traning schools they dont care about if you have a student visa or work visa.Good luck!