Teach in China
China is the world’s most populous country with a population of over 1.3 billion, the majority of whom identify as Han Chinese. However there are 56 recognised nationalities in China, each with its own traditions, language, and culture. Teaching abroad in China is an attractive option for foreigners. Rapid modernisation over the last 3 decades has brought huge growth and prosperity to China’s cities, particularly those along the East coast such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Major cities in China are home to a large and growing number of international schools. As a result it is relatively easy for English speakers to find teaching jobs in China among the many British, IB, American, and Canadian international schools. Most teaching jobs in China international schools offer housing and other benefits as well as an attractive salary. The majority of international schools in China can be found in cities and built up areas such as Chengdu, Chenshan, Chongqing, Dalian, Dongguan, Foshan, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sichuan, Suzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi’an, Yangzhou, Zhejiang and Zhuhai.
International School Jobs in China
Most of the international schools in China are to be found in large cities such Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Qingdao. There are more teaching jobs in Shanghai and Beijing than in other Chinese cities. While some schools offer full K-12 provision, others only offer primary or secondary. Whereas the majority of international schools are fully accredited and deliver an internationally recognised curriculum such as US Common Core, International Baccalaureate, British Columbia or the National Curriculum for England, some offer bilingual English/Chinese education based on China’s national curriculum. Whatever grade or curriculum you teach, you should be able to find suitable teaching jobs in China international schools.
Here are some of the leading international schools in China today:
- Shanghai American School – https://www.saschina.org/
- Yew Chung International School of Shanghai – https://www.ycis-sh.com/
- Dulwich College Shanghai – https://shanghai.dulwich.org/
- British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus – https://www.bisspuxi.com/
- International School of Beijing – https://www.isb.bj.edu.cn/
- Western Academy of Beijing – https://www.wab.edu/
- Harrow International School Shanghai – https://www.harrowshanghai.cn/
- Suzhou Singapore International School – https://www.ssis-suzhou.net/
- The International School of Tianjin – https://www.istianjin.org/
- Concordia International School Shanghai – https://www.concordiashanghai.org/
- Utahloy International School Guangzhou – https://www.utahloy.com/gz/
- Keystone Academy Beijing – https://www.keystoneacademy.cn/
- Nanjing International School – https://www.nischina.org/
- QSI International School of Chengdu – https://www.qsi.org/chengdu/
- Beijing City International School – https://www.bcis.cn/
- Wellington College International Shanghai – https://www.wellingtoncollege.cn/shanghai-international/
- Shanghai Singapore International School – https://www.ssis.asia/
- Foshan Foreign Language School – http://www.fls.gd.cn/
- Tianjin International School – https://tiseagles.com/
- Hangzhou International School – https://www.his-china.org/
How to Find Teaching Jobs in China International Schools
Most international schools in China have adopted the Western academic calendar. Instead of a winter break starting in December, some schools will have a long break at Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), between January February. There will often be two intakes for hiring, one in September and another one in February. The hiring process for international school jobs in China will start in October or November the previous year. Not all positions are open to expats and many management and support roles are will be filled locally. The most commonly posted vacancies for expats include early years, primary, and secondary teaching openings, principal and coordinator positions, SEN and learning support roles, as well school counsellor and teacher librarian vacancies. Whilst the language of instruction in most international schools in China will be English, there are also plenty of opportunities to teach Spanish in China. A teacher’s licence, PGCE, QTS or similar is normally required for teaching jobs in China international schools.
Need help finding teaching jobs in China? Post a comment here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
I will be 59 when I finish my current contract, are there any quality options for ESL in China?
Lisa. Thank you for your enquiry. Although some recruiters cite age restrictions for obtaining a work visa in China, our experience suggests there are still opportunities for teaching at accredited international schools. Please note: Worldwide International Schools Hub is not a recruitment agency. Please do not send us your CV or personal documents. All jobs listed on our site include links to the school website and employment page so that you can apply directly to the school. Good luck with your job search! WISH Team.
In Kenya and seriously need to teach Mathematics, Economics and Business from February next year. is it possible
Charles. Thank you for your enquiry. Yes of course. Please search through the job listings on our site from around October onward to find the international schools and teaching jobs in China with start dates in the spring. You can then apply directly to the school. Good luck! WISH Team.
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