Teach English in Qingdao

Compensation and salary

Most Qingdao English teaching jobs offer very decent wages, which include basic salary and a range of bonuses and free benefits.

  • Monthly salary up to 14,000 RMB (experienced employees earn more)
  • Extra perks if you sign a 24-month contract right away
  • Salary increase + yearly bonuses for teachers who stay with the employer
  • Free accommodation within walking distance of the workplace
  • Help with Z visa and reimbursement of all related expenses
  • Welcome pack (SIM card, bank account, 1-month transport pass)
  • 13+15 days off per school year
  • Flight ticket reimbursement after the end of the contract (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
  • 7000 RMB contract completion bonus
  • Airport pickup
  • Free health insurance (including Dental)
  • Guided tour around Beijing + tip about where to go in your district
  • Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation)
  • Extra pay for signing subsequent contracts
  • Summer class bonuses (per month): 500 RMB
  • Help with everything related to bureaucracy or medicine
  • Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, interacting with officials and doctors (if needed)
  • Well-equipped classrooms
  • Salary increase for each subsequent contract
  • 18 paid days off + 6 unpaid days per 1-year contract
  • Teacher pre-job and ongoing training and support
  • Free 120+ hour TEFL certification online or in China (if needed)
  • Cultural events

Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Qingdao

  • Kindergartens
  • Public institutions
  • International English courses
  • Colleges

Planning to teach English in China with no experience?

Don’t worry, both fresh teachers and qualified professionals get something to choose from.

Positions at kindergartens and elementary school are among the most numerous ones, but you also have to be interested in working with such learners.

Passion and creativity will be needed here because fun and exciting activities are essential in class with 3-12 year-olds.

Is it possible to teach adults in Qingdao?

Many clients do ask this question. Certainly, it’s all up to you: select the convenient age group for your classes and mention it in your resume! You can find a suitable position at a college or language courses.

In fact, you have endless possibilities unless you want to start teaching English in China without a degree, which makes it impossible to get a Z visa.

What is the typical schedule like?

Working hours vary considerably from one school to another and depend on the numbers and the age of students.

Negotiate hours with the administration: if you agree to earn less, you can apply for a part-time job and have more time for trips.

If you happen to be interested in vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Qingdao, you got to be an early bird, because classes start around 8 am, but you will finish quite early – by 5 pm.

Weekends at home are guaranteed since public schools are usually closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

However, if you opt for language courses, things will be different: students are available after 3 pm or even 6 pm, which means that your workday will start in the late afternoon and finish after 8 pm.

Opting for such ESL teaching jobs in Qingdao, you’ve got to be ready for busy weekends as well: they have lots of adult groups on Saturdays. Don’t panic, your “weekend” will just fall on different days during the week.

Qingdao teaching jobs
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Qingdao
ESL teaching jobs in Qingdao

How much can you earn in Qingdao?

Depending on your previous experience and ambitions, you can negotiate up to 15,000 RMB monthly, which equals $2,200 – not bad at all! Living in Qingdao as a foreigner with this kind of money you can afford almost anything, some people manage to purchase the property.

Starting salaries for Qingdao international school jobs are between 12,000 and 14,000 RMB ($1,750 – $2,050).

With free rent, you can actually live quite well with $150 – $250 per month, which means that you can put by a lot, while you stay in this city.

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

  • 5 workdays per week
  • Teach preschool children/teens or adults (for international school Qingdao jobs only)
  • Class size: 11-20 students (can be more at public schools)
  • Up to 25 hours of teaching
  • Maximum 40 hours per week in total
  • Lesson planning, checking tests and homework
  • Do listening activities and develop communication skills
  • Provide feedback
  • Perform demos and presentations
  • Attend school meetings
Work in Qingdao as an English teacher
Teach english in China with no experience
ESL public school jobs in Qingdao


The average cost of local rentals is between 2,000 and 3,000 RMB ($300 – $400) per month, which is not very expensive.

However, the good news is that jobs for foreigners in Qingdao always include either an allowance or provide you with a free apartment.

For many positions the allowance doesn’t exceed 2,000 RMB, so:

  • We will help you find an apartment in Qingdao within your budget.
  • Chinese agents will send you pictures of available apartments so that you could choose yours. All of them are Western style, furnished and well-equipped.
  • We only offer you placed from safe Qingdao neighborhoods, close to the school and shops.
  • Save some money and accept someone teaching English at a Chinese school as a roommate: living with another foreigner can be useful, especially if you pick someone with previous Chinese experience who could show you around.

Don’t forget about the bills, which is $48 – $57 per month. The school won’t cover these expenses.

Free housing for English teacher in Qingdao

Qualifications & Skills

According to the updated requirements to teach English in Qingdao in 2019, these are obligatory:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in education, but it’s not mandatory)
  • TEFL certificate (if you don’t have it yet, most teaching jobs for foreigners in Wuhan offer to pay for training)
  • Ready to stay with the school for at least 12 months
  • Preferably have 1+ year experience (especially with young learners)
  • Friendly personality, easy-going, culturally aware, passionate about teaching

There are other requirements for candidates:

  • Native speaker/possess a degree from an English-speaking country is an advantage
  • Degree in education is a plus
  • Experience with certain age groups (especially appreciated at kindergartens and public school jobs in Qingdao)

Apply Now to Teach English in Qingdao

Do you like Qingdao? Let us know by sending the following to our email address:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Your recent photo
  4. Preferences for teaching hours and students’ age
  5. Approximate start date

Don’t waste your time – get the application in now and we’ll make sure, you’ll teach English in Qingdao at a reputable school.

Apply at [email protected] (clickable email to write us right away) or fill out the form below.

What is it like to live in Qingdao?

This green city located on the Yellow Sea coast is known for its beautiful buildings and the local beer festival. Looking for a big city with all the luxuries of the seaside and high-quality air? Qingdao is the place!

Being quite a populated one, it has a very developed job market, so coming here as a foreigner you will have lots of options.

Qingdao teaching jobs are to be found at 200 + institutions around the city, which include colleges, elementary and middle establishments, high schools, kindergartens, plus 90 ESL training courses.

Applying to international schools is the easiest way to start teaching English as a foreign language in China and offer the best wages.

Teach English in Qingdao

What Makes Qingdao Unique?

  • Population: 9 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Public transport: international airport, high-speed railways station, ferry terminal, subway (4 lines), buses, taxis
  • Climate: temperate monsoon with distinct seasons

The Qingdao city, located in the Shandong province, is truly among the most picturesque cities in East China. Its beaches and German architecture make it popular with tourists, while its climate and infrastructure attract foreigners, eager to teach English in China.

Qingdao English teaching jobs
Tian Men Shan Temple
Teaching English in Qingdao

What is so special about this location?

Extremely livable

Probably, the very first impression you get is about the atmosphere, which is very relaxed here. Although, it’s a relatively big city (not in Chinese terms, of course), the pace of life is slower, than in megalopolises like Guangzhou.

Plus, living in Qingdao, you sometimes feel in Europe, because of all the German buildings in the Old town, and numerous coffee shops, shopping areas and bars.

Lots of fun!

Do you know the most renowned beer brand in China? It’s Tsingtao. Doesn’t it sound familiar?! Coming here might be the decision of your life: you’ll get to enjoy yourself, attend the famous Beer festival aka the Asian Oktoberfest, which is held in summer.

Such events attract thousands of tourists and are a great chance to meet someone from the Qingdao expat community or make friends with someone from abroad and show them the city.

the famous Beer festival in Qingdao aka the Asian Oktoberfest

Excellent air

Coastal cities are usually way cleaner and happen to be less polluted, than other places closer to the center of the country.

Air quality index in Qingdao is usually between 42 and 87, which is considered “good”. In January, it may seem slightly polluted on some days, however, it’s nothing compared to bigger cities.

Plan your free time!

Living here as a foreign employee, you won’t risk wasting your days off by lying on a couch. Thanks to the friendly Qingdao weather, you can spend morning hours at the beach from May to September!

The Zhanqiao Pier and Golden Sandy beach are the ideal spots. When you get tired or tanned enough, take a walk to the Mont Lao or the Zhan Shan temple.

Old German quarters are very picturesque with the local cathedral. Badaguan is also worth a visit!

The Zhanqiao Pier Golden Sandy beach

Not too hot

Good news is that the Qingdao climate is very temperate and not too humid.

Seasons are distinct, but in summer the heat never gets annoying and heavy – average maximum is 28 C (82 F), while in winter it rarely gets colder than -3 C (27 F) in January.

Rainfall is relatively frequent – 12 days in July, autumn and winter are quite windy and dry.

Enjoy local food

Shandong cuisine is known for its exquisite seafood dishes and delicious soups.

Teaching English in Qingdao, you get the chance to taste a wide variety of cooking styles – typical for the province, like the creamy celery soup or sea cucumbers with shallots, famous Shanghai dishes and international food like meatsticks, you can try at Muslim restaurants in different Qingdao districts!

braised sea cucumber and-sliced abalone with vegetables

Save money

That’s easy because when you work in Qingdao as an English teacher, you can’t help being amazed at how much you can afford. The cost of living is very low in the region: a monthly bus/subway pass is $11, a meal at a mid-range restaurant is about the same price, plus local beer is cheap - $1 per 0.5 liter!

Explore China!

Another perk about Qingdao is that jobs for foreigners offer you both the time and financial possibilities to travel a lot. You can get to Beijing in about 5 hours with a $50 fare, to Shanghai for $77 or to Seoul for as little as $106!