Working in China

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Some students will be able to work whilst they are studying in China, either part time or in the holidays. Working can be a great way to get additional experience and enhance your employability or find opportunities for after you graduate. There is legislation about working in China for students and it is your responsibility to check and ensure that you comply with all the requirements. Previously international students were not permitted to work in China, but now it is allowed to take internships as long as you get permission from your University.

There are a number of ways to find opportunities in your industry. Since China is a booming economy, many students find opportunities presenting themselves in a way that doesn’t happen in their home country. For example, international students at Central Academy of Drama are often scouted for roles in Chinese movies. Students at Beijing Language and Culture University are often asked to provide support for international companies who are localising their content etc.

You can search for opportunities online by looking at adverts in University cafes, or through websites such as, you can also attend networking events. Another way is to ask your University professors, because they will have industry links and can help to make an introduction. You can also try contacting companies yourself.

If you can speak Chinese this can greatly enhance your attractiveness for opportunities. So if you are planning to be in China for a while, it is a good idea to focus on learning Chinese at the start, and then you can put your Chinese skills to use in a practical setting later.

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