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General Information

The Teaching Assistant (TA) application filing period for FALL 2015 has concluded and is CLOSED.
The Fall 2015 TA Application Deadline was: May 26, 2015

The Winter 2016 Chinese language TA Application is currently available.
Application Link:
The deadline to complete the Application is: November 16, 2015

Note: All TAs (including TAs teaching currently) must apply for the upcoming quarter's TA position to be considered.  The hiring of TAs is based on CHIN course enrollments as well as the budget allotment provided the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Application for WINTER 2016 TA positions can be accessed online until November 16, 2015.  The Chinese Studies Program Office requests that applicants refrain from contacting the Chinese Studies Office to inquire about application results.  Of course a prospective TA may email questions if he or she cannot find the information in Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants will be contacted in late-June regarding the WINTER 2016 TA Application results.  All correspondence will be delivered to the applicants' official university email addresses (@ucsd.edu email accounts). 

To avoid delay(s) in the application process, applicants must follow the instructions and meet the requirements listed below.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please access the TA FAQ page.  

UCSD Student ID Requirement

The Chinese Studies Program uses an online application in the selection process for the Chinese language teaching assistant positions.

All applicants must have their UCSD Student ID # (Example: A50012345) & Student Triton Link password to access the application.

Candidate Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements in order for the application to be considered.

  1. Matriculation as a UCSD graduate student. 
  2. Candidates must maintain strong academic standing.  The Chinese Studies Program will request permission to hire TAs from their home department. 
  3. Candidates must have superior pronunciation and be skilled at communicating in Pǔtōnghuà also known as Mandarin Chinese. Candidates must be able to read and write clearly in both Traditional & Simplified characters. 
  4. Experience as a Chinese language instructor is a requirement, but others will be considered. The Chinese Studies Program may contact your former employer(s) to confirm your previous work experience.
  5. Additional Requirements as listed below.
Additional Requirements

TAs are hired as supplemental instructors of Mandarin Chinese in an effort to help students learn the langauge. A TA needs to be able to teach at various levels of backgrounds and abilities. Currently only qualified UCSD grad students are selected to be CHIN TAs. Each TA must be available to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The main purpose for employment as a TA is to attend and lead assigned CHIN section(s) as well as proceed with other various TA tasks without reservation. TA schedules' must be flexible so that the grad can occasionally attend corresponding lectures that occur on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Attendance to TA Orientation meetings, section(s), weekly and wrap-up meetings is mandatory and lack of attendance is factored into the rehiring process. 

All TAs are constantly supervised for quality and effectiveness by Chinese lecturers and are evaluated by their own students. The efforts of the grad student is pivotal in the grade that is earned by the TA. Appropriate responsiveness and behavior with students, staff, and instructors is essential. Missing compulsory meetings, office hours, sections, and/or weekly meetings are grounds for dismissal and will adversely affect rehiring decisions. 

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. This opportunity is for qualified graduate students to apply for any open Chinese language teaching assistant position(s) as they become available. Employment as a TA is based on available funding, the need for TAs to teach section(s), and the need to fill TA vacancies.

ALL Current Teaching Assistants must reapply each quarter.
Carefully read & follow the instructions on the online application.

The Selection Committee reviews dozens of competitive & qualified applications. To enhance your chances of being selected, you will need to submit complete, clear, error free, impressive and accurate application materials on or before the deadline date.

  • The Chinese Studies Program requests all applicants to refrain from contacting the office to inquire about the results of your application. All applicants will be emailed once the top candidates are selected.
  • The online application allows UCSD graduate students to instantly submit a majority of their application for any Chinese language Teaching Assistant position that may be available. It is best to prepare your information to complete steps 1 through 6 mentioned below.
Prepare the following materials so that you may upload or include in this application:

  1. Answer the questions in the online application.
  2. A CV or resume should be uploaded into the online portion of the application. This information should be in English and it must detail the language teaching background that the applicant has. 
  3. Each applicant must submit a handwritten autobiography in Chinese characters. Ensure that your handwriting is clear and easy to read.   Applicants may use either Traditional or Simplified characters. TAs are required to be able read, write, and correct both types of characters.
  4. SCAN or take a PIC of your hand printed document and UPLOAD it via PDF to the online application.
  5. RECORD yourself speaking for a minimum of 3 minutes onto a CD or thumb drive. You are also welcome to record a video and upload it to a website such as Youtube. The applicant is using this opportunity to introduce him or herself in Mandarin to the Selection Committee. Do NOT read from texts and AVOID background music or noise in your recording. Speak loud and clearly. Save this recording on a CD and ensure that the CD works well on a PC computer and CD player. Write your full name with a permanent marker on the CD or thumbdrive. If you opt to use a website please email the link to ChineseStudies@ucsd.edu.
  6. You will be sending or delivering the CD or USB drive along with the CHIN TA Application Confirmation Page to the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD. You will be able to print the Confirmation Page once you complete the online application.

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For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please access the TA FAQ page.

Application Filing Link

Online Application

Click on the link above to access the online portion
of the TA application.