Why Consider Getting a Teaching Job in Shanghai?

Shanghai is a modern, exciting city with the largest expat population in mainland China, as well as an abundance of teaching jobs. Shanghai is also the ideal teaching location for those that are interested in meeting people from all over the world. Living in Shanghai gives you access to western food, clothing, and a strong foreign social scene. The nightlife is also huge in Shanghai - they have everything from college style bars to upscale clubs, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Shanghai can also be a great place to raise kids. The city offers access to English medium international schools, sports teams/clubs for adults and kids, as well as numerous family-friendly activities year-round.

There are many teaching opportunities offered in Shanghai, and teaching is a great way to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. Shanghai schools are constantly in need of teachers, which is perfect if you’re looking to live in a tier 1 city! Teaching in Shanghai provides access to many travel opportunities throughout Asia, as well as many nearby places to explore during your time off.

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Job Opportunities are Endless!

Explore many different job types:

  • International & Private Foreign Language Schools
  • Public Schools
  • ESL Training Schools for Kids or Adults
  • Kindergartens & Pre-Schools

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Schedule and Start Dates:

K-12 & universities work on the same schedule as western countries with the fall semester/school year starting in late August or early September and the spring semester starting after the Chinese New Year, March, (based on the lunar calendar). For fall positions, we suggest applying 4-8 months in advance and 2-3 months in advance for spring. In addition, China has a huge demand for training schools, which hire new teachers every month! No matter your schedule, we’ll be able to help you find the best teaching opportunities available.


Teaching IB in Shanghai

As of 2020, there are over 173 schools in China that use the IB curriculum, many of which are located in major cities such as Shanghai. This equates to thousands of IB teaching positions, many of which are available to foreign teachers. Learn more about teaching IB in Shanghai, and check out the history and an overview of teaching IB abroad in our blog.


Want to learn more about other curriculums taught in China? We have more information about teaching Montessori, local curriculums, CIE, and the American curriculum abroad.


What does Shanghai have to offer?

  1. Everything can be delivered right to your door
  2. A variety of convenience stores with hilarious employees
  3. Tailors that can create anything you want for a fraction of the traditional price
  4. Brunch is a must
  5. Shanghai is full of entrepreneurs 
  6. It's referred to as the 'Paris of the East'
  7. The Bund tourist tunnel

More Interesting Facts About Shanghai:

  • Shanghai is the world’s largest city
  • Shanghai has been named the most attractive city for expats
  • Shanghai has the longest metro system in the world
  • Shanghai has become a cultural melting pot and world finance center

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Teaching Nomad is your connection to teaching in Asia & The Middle East! We are a western owned and operated teacher placement agency with offices in Denver & Shanghai. We take a lot of pride in connecting teachers with great teaching opportunities.


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