Teach English in Shanghai

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. 


Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Shanghai

  • Public schools
  • Colleges
  • International institutions
  • Language centers
  • Kindergartens and Montessori schools

This city is the most populated place in China. This is why you don’t really need to do a lot of research to find a job in Shanghai – once you send your CV to our agency, employers will start contacting you.

Competition is higher for top institutions, but if you are an experienced professional, you’ll find something very soon.

The hardest part is to decide where you wish to work: let’s face it, not everyone is ready to handle a class of 30 or 50 Chinese teens. However, there are many foreigners, who are not afraid of the experience, while others prefer younger children or smaller groups, or love teaching adults.

It’s not only about the pleasure, but about schedules too: if you opt for adult groups, be ready to work on weekends and in the evening (usually till 8 pm).

Teaching English in Shanghai public schools or kindergartens is a better option for those, who like morning classes and enjoy finishing their workday in the afternoon (at about 4 pm).

In fact, most schools offer a typical schedule to all foreign teachers, which includes 5 workdays and 2 days off every week, but it may differ slightly depending on the school and the type of students you choose.

Minimum salaries are equal to 12,000 RMB ($1,750) and can reach 17,000 RMB ($2,500), depending on your qualification and previous experience. Also, employers tend to offer better conditions for jobs for native English speakers in Shanghai, because natives are valued here.

Teaching English in Shanghai
English schools in Shanghai!
ESL job for foreigners in China

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

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

  • Teach students of different ages (mostly children and teenagers)
  • 10-15 students in the class
  • 15-25 teaching hours per week
  • 10-15 office hours to prepare for classes
  • Provide written lesson plans
  • Help with exams and placement tests
  • Use modern approaches and up-to-date technologies in class (watching films, listening and singing songs)
  • Encourage students to start speaking and improve their listening skills
  • Regularly provide students with feedback and progress reports, answer questions
  • Attend training, meetings
  • Organize conversation classes, demos etc.
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Teaching English in China jobs


As a rule, Shanghai teaching jobs provide the hired specialist with free housing or offer a fixed monthly allowance (around $430). Our agency is there to help you choose the place you like and rent it before the arrival so that you wouldn’t have to look for a temporary place or book a hotel room.

  • We will look for an apartment, that suits your needs. Is the family traveling with you or not? Ready to share the place with another teacher or wish to rent a private apartment? What kind of district and style do you prefer?
  • You are going to choose the place yourself – we will send pictures of a few available apartments and answer your questions.
  • The school will pay for it, so you rent whatever you like.
  • We only offer apartments in safe districts, not far from metro stations/ bus stops, so that getting to work or going out afterward would be easy and as fast as possible.

Since rent is a bit more expensive here than in some other cities, many foreigners teaching in Shanghai stick to flat-sharing: its cheap (will surely be covered by the monthly allowance) and more fun, because you don’t feel lonely and have someone by your side. It may be useful if your flatmate has lived in the city for some time and already knows ins and outs of how things work.

Free apartment for for English teachers in China
Free housing for ESL teachers in Beijing with Work and Live in China

Apply Now to Teach English in Shanghai

Get your application in today and teach English in Shanghai with one of the leading schools in the city.

What is it like to live in Shanghai?

Shanghai is rich and it’s growing fast. The city is considered one of the top job markets around the globe, so if you want a place, where you can easily find a well-paid position, it’s a great option.

As there are over 24 million inhabitants here, you can imagine how enormous is the number of English schools in Shanghai! There are over 240 middle and high schools since around 20% of the population are under 18 years old.

35 of them are international schools, which means, that all teachers are English speakers, subjects are taught in this international language.

There are over 300 language centers, constantly looking for experienced teachers or English speakers willing to start a career in education.

Don’t forget about kindergartens, preschools and early development centers, full of opportunities for those foreigners, who enjoy working with small kids.

Being bilingual is a very popular idea in modern China, so many parents want their children to begin to learn foreign languages as early as possible. So a native or a non-native with a good level can easily find hundreds of English teaching jobs in Shanghai.

Shanghai nightlife

What Makes Shanghai Unique?

  • Population: 24 million
  • Public Transportation: 2 international airports, 4 major train stations, 16 subway lines, thousands of bus routes & taxis
  • Language: Mandarin, local dialects
  • Climate: Subtropical, with four seasons – hot summers and mild winters

You love diversity and the hustle and bustle of big cities? Shanghai might be where you belong.

Imagine a city with a 24-million population – isn’t it huge? We bet, it’s bigger, than anything you’ve ever seen in your life (except for Tokyo and Delhi if you were lucky enough to visit them)!

But it’s not the size that makes this Chinese city so special – it’s the spirit of the place, the fantastic mix of old and modern, of traditions and latest trends, of Asian culture and innovations from the West.

Whoever gets to work in Shanghai, notices how unpredictable, diverse and full of life it is!

Shanghai City Landscape view
Shanghai busy hours and streets
Shanghai cultural diversity

Here is why Shanghai is definitely going to steal your heart:

One of the largest job markets in the world

Here you are likely to find your dream position among the best offers ever!

You’ll only need $627 to live comfortably

China is actually one of the best countries to live and work because here you can earn well without having to spend too much. Shanghai offers you even more opportunities, but prices stay very reasonable.

A brunch will only cost about $11, while a fast-food meal won’t be more expensive, than $5,43. Rent is higher than in most cities, but jobs in Shanghai for foreigners usually offer free housing, so it won’t be a problem.

It’s futuristic

Walk in the downtown to admire 100-story skyscrapers and get a chance to enter the famous 632-meter high Shanghai Tower.

Xin Tian Di

It’s the old district, which won’t disappoint those, who seek beautiful architecture. Here modernity meets with the past, and the fusion is amazing!

Xin Tian Di district

There are villages inside

Come to Zhujiajiao or the ancient town of Qibao, which are both old and don’t look like anything else in Shanghai! These are famous water towns with traditional houses and temples. Don’t miss your chance to taste local lotus roots and green soybeans.

Bridge at Nanxi Street over Puhuitang River, Qibao

One of the best public transport systems in the world!

Shanghai Metro – now counting 16 lines – keeps expanding every year; there are thousands of buses and trolleys too, all paid for with a special card.

Art is everywhere

In fact, one of the reasons, why Shanghai is so populated, is because of it’s an important cultural center. Visit the Power Station of Art or one of the M50 galleries. For those who like the communist past of the country, the Propaganda art center is highly recommended!

Sweet and delicious!

Shanghai dishes are less spicy than traditional Sichuan ones. Xiaolong dumplings with broth, fried noodles with vegetables and fantastic Cong you bing pancakes are some of the many specialties, recommended to newcomers.

Shanghai spring fried oil noodles