Teach English in Nanjing

Benefits and requirements

  • Education:
    No Bachelor degree is required but will be a benefit to get a higher salary
  • TEFL Certification:
    TEFL/TESOL Certification is preferred but not necessary since we provide a free certificate (online or offline at your choice) when you arrive and start your work at a school
  • Other requirements:
    English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing

    Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
    Passion for teaching, indulgence, genuine interest for Chinese culture and an open mind
  • Peak Hiring Months:
  • Types of Jobs:
    Public schools, Colleges, International institutions, Language centers, Kindergartens, and Montessori schools
  • Citizenship Requirements: 
    Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically required. We also hire non-native English speakers with fluent English from other countries.
  • Typical Hiring Process:
    Interview by Skype, Self-introduction video, CV
  • Average teaching hours per week:
    20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students:
    Kindergarten education, business professionals, school children, private students,
  • Cost of Living per Month:
    $600 -900 USD (4,200 - 6,200 RMB), accommodation is free
  • Additional benefits and perks:
    7000 RMB contract completion bonus, Health insurance,
    Airport pickup, Overtime pay, Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation), Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, officials and doctors, Pre-job training, Salary increase + yearly bonuses for teachers who stay with the employer, Well-equipped classrooms, All necessary teaching materials, 24/7 phone support during your stay in China
  • Average Monthly Pay:
    Salary up to 14,000 RMB
    (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English, etc.)
  • Start-up Cost:
    Flight tickets to Beijing + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary of $1,000 - 1,300 USD (6,800 – 9,000 RMB)
  • Potential to Save or Break-even:
    Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1,750 USD/Mo
  • Accommodation Benefits:
    We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
  • Flight Reimbursement:
    Flight ticket reimbursement after 9 months (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
  • Vacation - Paid 2 weeks & sick days, national holidays, including Chinese New Year
  • Visas:
    Z Visa is the legal work visa to teach in China, however, teachers may work on other visas depending on their qualifications. We reimburse you the visa fee after 6 months of the contract

Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Nanjing

  • Private and state schools
  • International schools
  • Training English centers

There is a variety of public school jobs in Nanjing, as well as private teaching programs – conditions and schedules may be very different, as well as the salary.

Average wages in the city are 13,000 RMB ($1,900) monthly.

You are likely to find plenty of offers like this on the Net. More experienced and skillful teachers can easily get to teach English in China with a salary 15,000 RMB without having to work any extra hours.

The pay often depends on the schedule and the type and level of students:

International school Nanjing jobs

Usually, such jobs let you start the day later, as you can arrive at the office by 1 pm or 3 pm and finish around 9 pm.

However, you will be expected to teach on weekends as well. All foreigners get 2 days off per week, but these will be during the workweek. These tend to have more competing rates and offer more generous bonuses because they are private establishments.

Some teachers keep asking us: ‘Is it possible to teach adults in Nanjing?’.

If you are one of them, take a closer look at language courses and international schools – you might find your dream position there.

Currently, there are many young adults aged 24-36 who need to acquire some English as soon as possible, because of the growth of the Chinese economy, international investors, collaboration and trade.

Depending on the industry, the vocabulary and approach used to teach at a school in Nanjing may vary, you should be ready for it.

Important point: private schools may require longer contracts – sometimes the duration is at least 15 months, so you are expected to stay with the school throughout this period.

If you do, you will obtain an extra bonus (which is practical, if you plan to fly back home or make a trip afterward).

Primary schools in Nanjing

Despite the financial side and other perks, some foreigners find it easier to find a suitable vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Nanjing, because classes at public schools are larger, sometimes going up to 50 children, which scares some inexperienced educators.

Qualified teachers tend to be more optimistic and self-confident.

Moreover, at state institutions, you always get a Chinese teaching assistant, which is very convenient, because you get extra help in class and preparing for it.

Plus, you can chitchat at lunchtime, go out together and even become real friends.

In fact, ESL public school jobs in Nanjing let you have a more balanced schedule with regular days off so that you could plan a getaway with your Chinese friends on weekends, or eat out in the evening, as you finish around 5 pm on workdays.

However, you also have to wake up early, because classes start at 8 am every day.

What is teaching experience like in Nanjing?

No matter what school you choose, the crucial requirement is to stay focused on the learners’ needs and to be as creative and positive, as you can.

If you come to work in Nanjing as an English teacher, be ready to show your students how easy-going and open you are, and how much fun your classes can be.

It’s exactly what they want from you as a foreigner, so your classes should not be all reading and doing boring exercises.

Both young and adult learners appreciate elements of game, jokes, authentic materials and conversation, so make sure, you have such activities on your list.

Talking about culture and social codes, books, and ideas, popular movies and singers is also a great way to immerse students into the English-speaking world and prepare them for real-life interaction.

Jobs for foreigners in Nanjing
Jobs for foreigners in Nanjing
English teaching jobs in Nanjing

What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Nanjing

So, what exactly will you be expected to do? Usually, responsibilities are very typical for all language courses and public schools:

  • Teach groups of children/adults
  • 15-20 or up to 50 students (depending on the type of institution)
  • 20-30 hours teaching English at a Chinese school
  • 4-15 office hours per week
  • Checking homework, tests
  • Lesson and course planning
  • Providing feedback, attending school and teacher-parent meetings
  • Standard classes and social club hours
  • Attending staff meetings, training, presentations
Teach at a kindergarten in Nanjing
ESL public school jobs in Nanjing
Nanjing english teaching jobs


If you want the truth about teaching English in China, you should remember that the cost of living here is very low, while foreigners’ wages are quite high. But life wouldn’t be as easy here if you had to pay your rent – $415 at least, plus bills (around $32 monthly).

Luckily, you don’t have to, as all teaching jobs for foreigners in Nanjing provide you either with a free apartment or a monthly allowance.

  • In both cases, you’ll have an agent look for a place for you and offer a few suitable options.
  • There will be no pressure whatsoever: the school will pay the rent, but you get to select the place you prefer. An agent will assist you in finding an apartment in Nanjing.
  • Only quality Western style rentals in safe and nice districts are offered.
  • With an allowance, you can save even more, if you choose to share the apartment with some other teacher.
  • We will do everything to assure, that you live next to tourist attractions and not far from the school. Our agency is very scrupulous when it comes to selecting Nanjing neighborhoods and conditions for our clients.
Free appartement for ESL teacher in Nanjing
Great appartement for ESL teacher in Nanjing
Free appartement for English teachers in Nanjing

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What is it like to live in Nanjing?

The Nanjing city, situated 300 km away from Shanghai, is the capital of the Jiangsu region. It’s 2,500 years old and has some extraordinary architecture, beautiful sceneries and great job opportunities for foreigners, especially, if those, who are interested in English teaching.

In Nanjing, international school jobs are numerous, varied and well-remunerated. In spite of its ‘humble’ size and population, there are over 130 primary and middle schools and 90+ language courses, where they regularly need talented and enthusiastic educators from abroad.

Although according to recent changes, it is no longer legal to start teaching English in China without a degree, you don’t need to study teaching or ESL at the university. In fact, your field can be as far from language learning, as you like.

The formal requirement is that you have to possess a Bachelor’s diploma. Apart from this, there are no restrictions whatsoever: you can come to teach English in China with no experience or even no TEFL certificate and just get it on site at the expense of the school (some institutions do allow this).

All in all, it’s fairly easy to select decent Nanjing English teaching jobs, as there are lots of renowned training centers and international courses.

What Makes Nanjing Unique?

  • Population: 8,3 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Public Transport: airport and 2 important train stations, subway (4 lines), bus routes, taxi
  • Climate: humid subtropical

Nanjing, situated on the Yangtze River, is a megalopolis with a rich history and great modernity. Not many people remember nowadays that it used to be the capital for 6 dynasties.

Living in Nanjing as a foreigner, you can spend your evenings in downtown cafés and restaurants, walking down historic streets and exploring the compact city center.

When you stay in Nanjing, China may be seen from a different perspective, you can learn something about its history, visit the Ming Tombs or the Mausoleum, touch the stone at the Confucius Temple or escape to the Purple Mountain to breathe some fresh air.

Baoen Temple in Nanjing
Gaochun Old Street Commercial-Center Ancient Architecture
Nanjing city view

Is it safe to teach English in China?

Of course, why shouldn’t it be?

There are occasional petty crimes like thefts and other unpleasant situations, but many foreigners, teaching English in Nanjing for a few years in a row, say they never experienced any problems.

If you pay attention, don’t leave your bag unattended or provoke anyone, you will be totally safe.

The Nanjing nightlife is entertaining!

When you finish with sightseeing and visiting ancient temples, you can go to the traditional Arts Group performance.

Xinjiekou and Nanjing 1912 are good options for you, if you want to explore more Nanjing districts, have a beer and make friends with locals.

Things to Do in Nanjing China

Local cuisine

Locals enjoy eating at any time of the day. After a few weeks living in Nanjing, you’ll know, that most smells in the central streets, apartment blocks and offices are from delicious Tangbao steamed dumplings, popular duck blood soup with tofu and Pidu noodles.

The great news is that portions are big, and spending $5 on soup you can easily share it with a friend – at the end, both of you will be full.

One of the iconic snacks here is sesame pancakes, sold at $0,2 per piece. It’s both tasty and nutritious.

Tangbao steamed dumplings

The Nanjing climate is quite rainy and humid (117 rainy days per year). However, there are many sunny days; summers are very hot, autumns are more moderate and pleasant.

There is occasional snow in winter, mostly in January, but not much.

Cheap and amazing!

Cost of living here is low (a lunch costs $7, monthly bus/subway ticket is $22, and beer is $4), so jobs for foreigners in Nanjing, even with average wages, will let you eat out often, go shopping and travel on weekends. Consider visiting Shanghai, Suzhou or abroad.

Wanda Nanjing Indoor theme park