Find a private school teaching job in China and launch an international career. Join one of our successful partner language institutes and work in one of 15 exciting locations.

Our private school teaching jobs offer career-minded final year students and graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience in China whilst laying the foundations for a successful career. Including ongoing support, structured training and quality mentorship, our private school teaching jobs are the ideal way to build your professional profile whilst exploring a country like no other.

No teaching experience or knowledge of Mandarin is necessary, but don’t worry; you’ll receive training, resources and support to ensure you embark on your teaching adventure feeling confident and prepared.

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Programme Highlights

Our Private School programme is designed to ensure that you head to your host city feeling confident and prepared. To help you quickly find your feet, all of our private school teaching jobs in China include support from our team, in addition to the following.

Professional Opportunity

Teachers who work hard and perform well during their placement will get the chance to progress to other roles within the business and take on more responsibility. Our partners offer structured promotion paths that each employee has the chance to follow to enhance their career.


On-going training is provided throughout the duration of the teaching contract, as well as class observations, feedback and lesson planning support. This structured training will help you develop your teaching skills and progress professionally, whether you’ve got experience or not!


The schools we work with employ several foreign teachers and local staff. Upon arrival you’ll be welcomed into the staff community, and immediately make friends. Schools organise frequent social events and outings for their staff to help you settle into your new city as quickly as possible.

Age Range

Our private schools cater to students of all ages and abilities, giving all private school teachers the chance to work with students ranging from 3-16 years old. You’ll be given a varied schedule, training and advice to help you gain well-rounded experience and develop important skills.


Our Private school teaching jobs include a comfortable monthly salary of between 8,000 – 16,000 RMB per month, depending on location and experience. Schools have bonus and pay rise structures in place, so your salary will increase as your knowledge and experience does.


Our private school employment packages include free single room accommodation within a shared apartment, equipped with all the essentials, including air conditioning and a western toilet. Teachers who wish to find their own accommodation will receive an extra allowance to cover this.


Our private school teaching jobs are available in exciting locations across China, meaning you can select a location that suits you best. Whether you want to experience a city, culture or sun, there’s a destination for you! Simply let us know your preferred city, and we’ll do our best to place you there.

Flights & Visa

Our partner schools commit to reimbursing the cost of your flights and visa administration fees. You will receive this in RMB following a certain number of weeks working at your placement school. This helps to reduce the financial strain of relocating and makes the move to China that bit easier!

Orientation Day

All those embarking on a private school teaching job in China will be invited to attend our day-long Orientation Session in London. Taking place several weeks before your departure, this day gives you a chance to meet your colleagues, chat to ex-teachers, and clear up any last-minute nerves!

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Our Private School Programme runs countrywide, with teaching jobs available in 15 cities across China. Below are some of our most popular destinations, or you can view our full list.

  • Shanghai

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  • Beijing

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  • Fuzhou

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  • Xiamen

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  • Chengdu

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  • Hangzhou

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The Practical Parts


Private school teaching placements begin year-round, making this our most flexible option. To make things clearer, we offer 4 main start dates, in February, May, August and November. Placements last between 12-15 months depending on location. Please see specific city pages for more details.


All participants will go to China on a Z-type Work Visa. This takes around 3 months to prepare and apply for, so you should submit your application at least 3 months prior to your desired start date. Teach English In China will guide you through the application process step-by-step to make the process more manageable.


To be considered for our Private School Programme, you must be a final-year student** or graduate, holding a passport from the UK, Ireland, US, New Zealand, Australia or Canada. You must be available for the minimum contract duration of 12 months, have an interest in foreign cultures and helping others learn.


Our Private School Programme is free of charge, however we require candidates to pay a £150 holding deposit to secure their place and ensure commitment to the programme upon enrolment. The deposit will be refunded in full after your fifth working week in China.

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You will be responsible for the upfront cost of the TEFL*, visa, visa administration fees (inc. legalisation and medical) and flights. All schools will reimburse these costs a few weeks after your arrival. 

*Some schools offer their own TEFL, which doesn’t require an upront payment. Please contact us for more information.

**You can apply in your final year of university, though you must have graduated by the time you go to China to be eligible for the work visa.

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