Confucius Institute criteria for MLA
Criteria for MLA applications if you wish to to become an MLA at Victoria University of Wellington.
Being a Mandarin Language Assistant
Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand
Each year Xiamen University and the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington select Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs) from the top universities in China.
Selected MLAs are placed in New Zealand schools for the purpose of developing, assisting and supporting the Chinese language classes at these schools.
The annual MLA selection process is rigorous, involving face-to-face interviews held in China and conducted in English by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington.
Selection takes into account the characteristics and needs of New Zealand schools and students, and the specific competencies and attributes of candidates to meet these requirements fully. A range of different MLAs are usually selected to be placed in a variety of New Zealand locations, both urban and rural.
Here is what you need to be should you wish to apply to Centre for Language Education and Cooperation and Xiamen University to become a Confucius Institute MLA at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
- Be a university graduate with a fully completed Bachelor’s Degree and have graduated officially from your university. Evidence of a Bachelor’s graduation certificate is necessary for your application to be accepted.
- Be enrolled in a Master’s studies programme at a Chinese university, with the ability to spend a year in New Zealand working full time (not part-time) as an MLA (and not on your university papers).
- Have a high level of understanding and verbal competency in the English language, equivalent to at least IELTS 6.5, TEM8 65 or CET 6.500.
- Be very interested in working in a school environment and in teaching primary and high school students, possibly as a potential future profession.
- Have a highly positive attitude to being away from China and your family and living among New Zealanders, and be sufficiently open-minded and resilient to be able to live in and learn about the New Zealand way of life which is very different from living in China.
- Be as able to live successfully in an isolated rural community (sometimes without much internet or Wi-Fi facilities) where you could be the only Chinese person, or in a more urban environment, for one year.
- Be versatile enough and fully able to adapt to a New Zealand lifestyle that involves speaking English, eating Western food, participating in outdoor life and sports, and getting involved in a lot of informal social interactions with teachers, homestay families and the community.
- Be skilled in looking after your own health and well-being, while interacting fully and successfully with New Zealanders, both professionally and socially.
- Be able to obtain a Chinese security/police clearance and get it notarized before arriving in New Zealand.