Teach English in Nanjing

Benefits and requirements

    • Education:
      No bachelor degree 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:
      International kindergartens, language centers, kindergartens, and training centers
    • 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:
      20-25 teaching hours & 15 prep time hours
    • Types of Students:
      Kindergarten education, school children, private students
    • Cost of Living per Month:
      $400-700 USD (2800 - 4900 RMB) depending on your lifestyle, accommodation is free
    • Additional benefits and perks:
      5000 RMB contract completion bonus,
      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
    • Monthly Pay:
      Salary from 9000 up to 16,000 RMB (depends on your qualification, education, skills, , experience, level of English, etc.)
    • Start-up Cost:
      Flight ticket + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary (~$400 USD)
    • Potential to Save or Break-even:
      Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1100 USD/Month depending on your lifestyle
    • Accommodation Benefits:
      We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
    • Flight Reimbursement:
      Flight ticket reimbursement after 6 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 qualification. 



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.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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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