Employer profile

EF English First

Updated: July, 2019

About EF English First

EF English First is all about opening doors through education. In fact, that’s our mission statement. Our teachers and staff work hard everyday to make sure our students and customers are learning happily in an engaging environment. As an employee, you’ll learn all about EF English First and the ways we make sure our mission statement coincides with our core values such as: entrepreneurial spirit, passion and attention to detail.

EF English First, a division of Education First, started in China in 1994, back when ESL was gaining traction in the Middle Kingdom after the opening up and reform policies of the 1980’s. Because of our early start, we became a trendsetter of teaching English in China. Now EF operates in over 60 cities across China with 300+ locations. We are not a thirrd party recruiter. All positions being recruited for are EF English First positions.

EF Education First was founded in 1965 by a man with a vision, Bertil Hult, who still heads the company today. His dream was to create an educational experience for students unlike any other. Focusing on language training, travel and above all, fun, Education First has since grown into a successful company with over 40,000 employees, 500 schools and offices, and locations in 107 countries.

No experience necessary

Most people are worry about their qualifications. Please don’t. EF English First’s Graduate Program accepts people from all backgrounds who are interested in spending a year abroad in China. All training is provided, and a concentration in education is not necessary. Once you speak with one or our recruiters, you will learn more about this exciting opportunity. If selected, you will be enrolled in a fully sponsored, 120 hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. This qualification is required by the Chinese government and will be yours to keep forever.

Full support from application to arrival

EF English First ensures a smooth and successful transition to China. Each year we safely place over 1,000 teachers amongst our 300 locations across China. Moving abroad is exciting but can also be a little overwhelming. Our team is here to make sure you only need to think the great times you have ahead. EF English First’s full arrival support includes a(n):

  • Experienced recruiter guiding you through the process
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • Comprehensive onboarding to assist your acclimation
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Free hotel accommodation during your first two weeks in China
  • Interest free salary advance (upon arrival in China)

Work sectors

teaching and education


China, Shanghai

Contact details

+86 (21) 6039 5868
1F Jiu An Plaza
258 Tongren Lu
China 200040

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