Asian Studies Program
Joseph Adler
Kenyon College homepage

Study / Work / Travel Opportunities in East Asia

Note: This list does not cover regular study-abroad programs, although a few are included for China. The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) website has a good listing of academic programs covering all parts of Asia, but it doesn't include programs that just involve travel or work. Some of these are language programs held in the U.S., but many are located in Asia. ESLinsider is a site that has lots of resources for teaching in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.

Most of the programs listed below I know nothing about, so I cannot vouch for the reliability of their promises. Those I can vouch for are marked with a red asterisk (*). Those with affiliations with American universities are also presumably reliable. It is important to note that most, if not all, of the English-teaching jobs do not require any teaching experience or training. All they need is native English speakers with college degrees. Undergraduates are eligible for some of the summer jobs.

Oxford Seminars offers a training and certification program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESOL/TESL/TEFL). They have a three-week course (two meetings a week) for $1095 that includes a placement service and extensive support information on China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Also, for a listing of Zen Centers in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States, some of which have opportunities for Buddhist practice for periods ranging from a weekend to three months, click here.

China Taiwan Japan South Korea Mongolia

General info Teaching English Volunteering A few study programs

General information


Middle Kingdom Life A comprehensive guide to teaching in China.
ESL Cafe: China Tips and warnings.
Summer seminar :
  IMUSE Beijing Summer Fellowship Program IMUSE (Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange) brings "outstanding students from Chinese and American colleges and graduate schools together in August to share their opinions, experience Chinese culture, and learn from one another."
Teaching English:
  Learning Enterprises Teach English with a Chinese teaching partner from Nanjing University for 5 weeks in a rural Chinese village school, living with a local family. For the adventurous. Cost: airfare, visa, and about $500 for miscellaneous expenses.


Teach for China Two-year teaching commitment at under-resourced schools in rural China. Training, housing, and stipend provided. Feb. 7 application deadline for 2012.
  WorldTeach* Teach English in middle-high schools (students 11-18 years old) in Hunan province. Housing and $250/month provided. A fee of $1000 covers round-trip airfare from the U.S., visa, pre-departure and in-country orientation, and health insurance.
  Teach in China A few job opportunities; unclear if they charge a fee.
  Amity Foundation Christian organization; BA required; teach English conversation to middle school teachers. Two-year commitment; housing, transportation and stipend provided. They also have a shorter service learning option (1-4 weeks).
  International Teaching Advantage Helps college graduates find English teaching positions in China. $325 fee. Fifteen primary school positions currently available in Beijing (as of 1/26/08), beginning September, 2008 (more information here).
  U.S.-China Educational Exchange A private, non-profit service that helps native English-speakers with B.A. degrees to find jobs of varying length teaching English in China.
  Teach in Asia

A consulting firm specializing in global education recruitment.

  CIEE Teach in China* This is a well-established, reputable organization. Their fees are $1300-$1500. The teaching positions are in private schools in China, housing is free, and the salaries are slightly higher than in public schools.
  English Teaching Program in Shenzhen Teach English in a Shenzhen public school (near Hong Kong). Free housing; monthly salary and travel bonus. Preceded by 3-week intensive courses in TEFL and Chinese language. Continuing Chinese courses available in Shenzhen.
  Colorado China Council for Teaching English in China Placement service, with training -- no teaching experience or certificate required.
  Global Volunteer Network Teach English in Xi'an or Kunming. Free room and board, no pay. Tax-deducible fees, $2,495 – $2,895.
Volunteer work:
  Volunteers in Asia (VIA)

One- or two-year posts in Beijing, Ningxia, Qinghai, Hunan, Guangzhou, Sichuan, Yunnan and Jiangsu, mostly combining English teaching with English resource work at a Chinese nonprofit organization. Cost: $2,000 ($500 rebate if you remain for two years) plus airfare to Thailand (for training). Housing and small monthly stipend provided.

  Projects Abroad Volunteer or intern in a number of different fields (teaching, healthcare, journalism, business, law) in and around Shanghai or Chengdu. Fees (not including airfare) for teaching range from $3,145/1 month to $5,345/3 months, but they include housing, food, insurance, and local support staff.
A few study programs:
  Schwartzman Fellowship Fully funded one-year Masters degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University. Language of instruction is English, no prior knowledge of Chinese required.
  Beijing Institute of Asian Studies (Beijing University) Program affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C., with an unusually extensive selection of courses. Semester, year-long, and summer programs.
  Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program* Study and practice Chan/Zen Buddhism at a monastery in China. This program is designed for speakers of English. It is not an academic program. All expenses are paid. See also their Woodenfish International Student Exchange (WISE).
Scholarships for studying Chinese A list of links maintained by Prof. Patrick Moran at Wake Forest University.

TAIWAN: Living and Teaching in Taiwan A very good website with tips on living and teaching English in Taiwan, by a longtime American resident.
  Teaching English in Taiwan Another good guide, with further links and job ads.
  Teaching English and Living in Taiwan Job listings and advice
  Teach English in Taiwan A good, full-service job placement service.
  Teach in Taiwan A listing of teaching jobs.
  Teach in Asia

A consulting firm specializing in global education recruitment.

JAPAN: Fellowships, Study Abroad, and Internship Opportunities An extensive list from Ohio State University -- some are for OSU students only.
  Formal Programs to Teach / Live in Japan A list from the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco.
JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program * One of the most popular ways to teach English in Japan after graduation. Job listings in Japan.
  Pasona Summer Internship Program Open to undergraduate and graduate students. High level of Japanese proficiency required. Paid summer internships in Japanese companies. Housing, ¥120,000/month, $1,000 for airfare provided.
  Teach in Asia

A consulting firm specializing in global education recruitment.

  Bridging Project for Study Abroad/Japan Scholarships available for study in Japan.
  Japanese scholarships for International Students Scholarships funded by the Japanese government.
  Summer Program in Kyoto (Univ. of New Orleans) Five-week summer program at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

SOUTH KOREA: Teach in Asia

A consulting firm specializing in global education recruitment.



US-Mongolia Field Research Program

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) in conjunction with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers student fellowships for research in humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, to be conducted under the supervision of a Research Sponsor who plans to be on site in Mongolia.

  Learning Enterprises Teach English for 4 weeks at the Sant School in Ulanbataar, Mongolia's capital city, while living with a local family. Cost: airfare, visa, and about $500 miscellaneous expenses.

       Edit date: 10/16/16

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