SLP in China

7 Dialects

Numerous Subdialects

1000 SLPs to a population of 1.3 BILLION!

Talk about a packed schedule! The field of Speech-Language Pathology is relatively new in China having only started services in the 1980s for select language disorders and dysphagia. Historically, the majority of service providers have only received a few courses focused on speech therapy within their studies of general rehabilitation as well as on-the-job training. Due to the lack of specially-trained SLPs, several providers tend to be physicians, nurses, or OTs. Additionally, the amount of dialects and subdialects in China makes it significantly more challenging to provide appropriate intervention to clients. (See ASHA Blog: Speech-Language Pathology in China: Challenges and Opportunities for full article describing speech pathology in China since 2011).

Gains have been made recently with the start of the first accredited speech pathology program created in 2014 with the support of the University of Hawaii at Kunming Medical University (KMU) located in southwestern China. Hopefully, with the installation of this established Bachelor’s program, other academic programs providing courses in SLP will be further developed, China will see a rise in well-trained and qualified SLPs, and service delivery models will be improved.

Professional Organization

Chinese International Speech-Language and Hearing Association (CISHA).

Professional Opportunities

Interested in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in China? Here are a few organizations that welcome internationally trained and English-speaking SLPs (Madarin speaking therapists are always a plus!)

LIH Olivia’s Place:

Consulting therapists from all disciplines for Olivia’s Place are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen with their main site located in Shanghai. Professional development opportunities are also offered through seminars and trainings!

For more information regarding work and volunteer opportunities, email

Essential Learning Group (ELG)

Also located in Shanghai, ChinaELG offers competitive salaries and good vacation time for international staff. PLUS they will support clinicians with work visas!

Visit their website for more information about job openings and send your resume and cover letter to

ChinaELG also offers parent support groups and provides workshops for educators and professionals working with children to better support speech and language challenges.

Orient Speech Therapy Center (China) (OST) is a legal entity of Hong Kong with nearly 20 centers in cities of China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. In addition to providing skilled intervention, OST also offers training programs for providers to further develop clinical skills.

Know of any other professional or educational opportunities in China? Share them with me to be featured on this page!

SLT job posting in Cambodia and visa info!

Indigo International in Cambodia is currently looking for a speech therapist to join their team. Indigo is a multidisciplinary clinic based in Phnom Penh working with adults, children and families from a range of backgrounds, both expat and local, and with a wide range of difficulties.

You would join a team of psychologists, speech therapists and occupational therapists picking up an existing caseload from a therapist who is leaving. The work is paid sessionally so this would mean that you would be able to start with a good sized caseload and income. Sessional work also means that you are in charge of the hours you work and the size of caseload you would like to take on. The role can be very flexible and there is high demand so scope to develop any special interests as appropriate.

The start date is for January 2016 and applications will stay open for the next two weeks (until Sunday, November 29th). You will hear back soon after the application closing date.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to angela@indigo-international.organd Please send further questions or informal inquiries to, though please note Paula will be out of town from 23rd-29th due to a national holiday.


Some useful info for working in Cambodia:

Visa requirements and cost:

You are required to purchase a 30-day visa when entering Cambodia. There are two visas available–the tourist visa ($30) or the ordinary visa ($35) both good for 30 days, both single entry visas. If planning to work in Cambodia, get the ordinary visa as this one can be extended for as long as you like.

To renew your visa, go to a local travel agency (we went to the Air Asia office). There are several options for visa renewal and prices vary based on where you go:

1-month extension– $50

3-month extension-$80 (we went with this option for our extra 2 months in Cambodia as it worked out to be cheaper than getting two 1-month extensions.

6 and 12-month extensions also available (do not recall exact prices but was $100+). The 6 and 12-month visa extension options provide multiple entry into Cambodia whereas the 1 and 3-month extensions are single-entry visas. So if you plan to work in Cambodia for a long time and travel around Asia, go with the 6 or 1-month extension as it will be a cheaper and more relaxed option.

DON’T FORGET PASSPORT PHOTOS! You will need these for the arrival and renewal visas!

Useful site for living in Cambodia–

Good luck!