Launch your career in style with a teaching job in one of China’s most exciting cities.

Join our Private School Teaching Programme and gain valuable work experience within a sucessful business, whilst helping students of all ages improve their English skills. With ongoing training, support and promotion opportunities, this placement will help launch your career in an exciting direction.

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

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 strucutured promotion paths that each employee has the chance to follow.


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’re experienced 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.


Private school teachers receive comfortable monthly salaries 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.


Participants are offered free private room accommodation within a shared apartment, equipped with all the essentials, including air conditioning, a western toilet and a wardrobe. If you wish to find your own accommodation, you’ll be given an extra allowance to cover this.


Private School placements are available in exciting locations across the country, giving you the chance to choose a city that suits you best. Whether you’re looking for big city life, culture or sun, there’s something for you!

Flights & Visa

Our partner schools reimburse the cost of flights and visa administration fees to all teachers following a certain number of weeks work in China. This reduces the financial strain of relocating, and makes the move that bit easier!

Orientation Day

You’ll be invited to attend our day-long Orientation Day in London along with all other participants a few weeks before departure. Here you can meet your colleagues, chat to ex-teachers, and clear up any last-minute nerves!

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Our Private School Programme runs 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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  • Hangzhou

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  • Nanjing

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  • Xiamen

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  • Chengdu

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The Practical Parts


Private school teaching placements are available year-round, making this our most flexible option. To make things clearer, we offer 4 main start dates; 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.

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