Teach English in Xuzhou

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:
    $500 - 900 USD (3,550 - 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 13,000 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 Xuzhou

To make it short, looking for jobs in Xuzhou for foreigners is not a tough mission, because there are:

  • Kindergartens
  • Middle/high schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Language courses
  • Weekend schools for adults etc.

Salaries here might be slightly lower, than in Beijing, but prices are also very different here. Foreign teachers’ wages start at 11,000 – 12,000 RMB ($1,600– 1,750) per month.

These are approximate figures for a non-native teacher, who doesn’t have any extra classes. Most jobs for Americans in Xuzhou offer higher rates.

A typical day at a public or a private school will start around 8 am and will end at 4:30 pm. If you wish to work on Saturdays and Sundays, you could get extra hours, but it depends on the school and on your decision.

Normally you won’t have to work at weekends, although there are schools with different schedules, where teachers work starting at 3 pm till 8 pm on weekdays and have classes on Saturdays.

Remember, that in Xuzhou teaching jobs are extremely various and that you don’t have to apply for a job at a public school or a kindergarten, if teaching kids is not your thing – English speakers willing to work in adult classes are needed just as much!

Schedules and other conditions are also discussed before your arrival, so you can always negotiate your ideal teaching hours with the principal.

Teaching English in Xuzhou
Teaching kids in Xuzhou, China

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

  • At least 12-month contract and relocation to China
  • Work Monday to Friday, weekends off (Attention : schedules might be different at some English schools in Xuzhou)
  • 40-hour working week, with regular breaks throughout the day.
  • Approximately 20 teaching hours per week (or up to 25 classes per week)
  • 15 hours of paid prep time
  • Around 20 students in class (more at public schools)
  • Teaching English based on modern approaches, developing speaking and listening skills in particular. Use immersive learning techniques such as storytelling, singing, dialogue, and role-playing, in combination with formal exercises
  • Demo classes and conversation clubs
  • Lesson planning, answering students’ questions, providing feedback and progress reports for each student
  • Attending school meetings and training.
English schools in Xuzhou
Getting Started with Teaching English In China
Teaching English in Xuzhou kindergarten


We provide you with free apartment upon your arrival. The rent and bills are usually paid for by the school, so you don’t need to deduct that money from your monthly pay. Don’t worry about the quality – all teachers get Western style apartments at nice and safe districts.

  • Many pictures of different apartments will be sent to you, so that you could have something to choose from.
  • Smaller or bigger? If you plan to come with your family, you can specify that in order to get a 85m2 apartment with separate rooms; otherwise you can ask for a small and cozy place.
  • Nothing to worry about! Teachers are housed not far from the school, in good quarters, so that no one gets lost nor get in trouble on the very first day.

All those, who choose English teaching jobs in Xuzhou, are very well taken care of: local teachers help them adapt quickly, show them around, give tips about where to go out and which buses are best for them.

Free accommodation for English Teachers in Xuzhou
Free accommodation for English Teachers in Xuzhou

Apply Now to Teach English in Xuzhou

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

What is it like to live in Xuzhou?

For China, it’s a middle-sized city, but definitely not a tiny one! With a population of over 8 million people and counting, Xuzhou can never get enough teachers – especially foreign ones.

If you are interested to teach English in Xuzhou, be sure, that there will be no shortage in positions! In fact, you’ll have a very wide choice.

Currently, there are 15 international English schools here, over 200 kindergartens, 126 public and private schools, and a few universities, all of which are in need of qualified TEFL specialists.

Those, who prefer teaching adults will have enough students as well.

Since Xuzhou is now developing its economy, many companies have business relations with foreign investors or partners, so English-speaking employees are worth their weight in gold.

That’s why many parents not only enroll their children but also start learning this foreign language themselves.

Like most ESL jobs in China, positions at Xuzhou schools don’t require native speaking skills – fluent non-natives are welcome as well!

English teaching jobs in Xuzhou

What Makes Xuzhou Unique?

  • Population: 8.5 million
  • Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 international airport, public bikes, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
  • Language: Mandarin, local dialects
  • Climate: Subtropical, with four distinct seasons

Would you like to see the famous Chinese terracotta army? Well, there is something for you in Xuzhou.

The city itself is ancient, which has been built around 500 B.C. (at the time it was called Pengcheng). Now Xuzhou is considered a cultural and historical center of the province, with numerous mausoleums and Han dynasty reliefs.

On the other hand, the Jiangsu major city is huge, with its population of around 8.5 million people. It is now one of the crucial transport hubs; moreover, it’s situated halfway between the two most important cities in China – Shanghai and Beijing, which is a great advantage, because you can easily get to both of them in 3 hours.

Technically, when you find a job in Xuzhou, you’ll be able to travel around the country at very affordable prices right from the main railway station.

Xuzhou urban area, China
Chinese Terracotta Warriors in Xuzhou
Xuzhou Suning Plaza

Here is why Xuzhou is so recommendable:

Warm climate

It’s subtropical. Normally, you won’t freeze even in winter, since the temperature rarely goes below -4 C (26.1 F), which happens only in January. Summers are humid and hot.

Great for jogging

There is a local jogging team here, and the sport is quite popular. Plus, the city is relatively small, so you can walk around downtown on foot, no public transport needed, which is another perk for active people.

Local restaurants

They are numerous but don’t always have a written menu, which encourages you to talk to the waiter. We advise you to order “Sha soup” or “Yang Fang Cang Yu” the first time you eat out.

They are both delicious and very famous in this region. The first one is a soup with pheasant meat, pork and vegetables; the second one is a piece of fish, stewed in mutton.

Cost of living in Xuzhou

Although, the city is quite big and you can easily find well-paid jobs in Xuzhou, living here is really cheap.

You can rent a very basic apartment for about $300 per month (or opt for a fancy one, which will cost about $400) plus $28 for utilities. (Note, that this is normally paid for by the school!)

A business lunch costs around $3.60, while the price of a combo fast food meal is usually $5. A beer will cost a few dollars, while a ticket to the cinema will be around $20.


Despite being much smaller, than many other cities, Xuzhou has a rich nightlife – clubs, discos and bars, attended by both Chinese and foreigners. They serve cheap beer and vodka there, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and relaxed.

New Yellow River

Great place for a walk and to get immersed in the local culture! Buy some tobacco, listen to traditional music, meet a fortune-teller and eat at one of the small restaurants on a bank of the river.

Cloud Dragon Mountain

Normally, those who work in Xuzhou, spend their weekends out, discovering natural wonders or visiting museums. If you like activities, Yunlong Lake and Mountain are exactly your kind of attraction: the top of the mountain is covered with thick forest, the view is breathtaking. Plus, you can see some picturesque pagodas and a beautiful sandy beach, walking around the lake