Can I teach English in China without a degree?

Short answer, no. Long answer, yes.

I’m native, but I have only TEFL, can I teach in China? I have a friend who is already working in China for 5 years, can I do the same?

We at believe it is important to know all the ins and outs of teaching English in China legally. And so we’ve crafted this piece explaining what you’ll need to secure a legal Chinese work visa in the teaching category. We hope this information will save you time!

In order to get a Chinese legal work visa in the teaching category, you must have an undergraduate degree from a Native English-speaking country. This applies to Native and Non-Native English speakers.

Keep in mind, if you haven’t got a degree and are eager to teach in China, you will still easily find predatory agencies who’ll offer full-time positions on a tourist or business visa. Mainly because they are driven by commissions. Unfortunately, this will expose you to being fined and deported.

We understand how dire the consequences of being fined and deported are — and that is why we feel it’s necessary to make you aware of it before you take further action.

We hope this information has been valuable and insightful to you. That is one of our goals at — to bring transparency to the international teaching market by letting you browse jobs from trusted schools and specifying all conditions upfront, including degree requirements and types of visas issued by the employer.

To find more information about teaching English in China for Non-Native English Speakers — please check out this article or send us a message —