TEFL Courses in Shanghai

Back to Programs

A Guide to TEFL Courses in Shanghai

One of the largest and most influential cities in the world, Shanghai offers foreign educators a deeply enriching cultural environment in which to gain TEFL qualifications. The Chinese education system is making a huge push to improve the English speaking ability of its citizens, meaning there are a large number of available teaching jobs for ESL teachers to take advantage of throughout the city. Whether your goal is to become a teacher or you simply want to embark on an adventure in one of the world’s most important emerging cities, joining a TEFL program in Shanghai will be a tremendous life experience.

TEFL Programs in Shanghai

Since China is in continuous demand for native English speaking educators, not all teaching jobs in require foreigners to be TEFL certified. However, if you want access to the best employment opportunities with the best pay and benefits, then enrolling in a TEFL program in Shanghai before looking for a English teaching job is definitely the way to go.

You can complete your TEFL qualification in Shanghai through classroom style TEFL courses. Though online courses may be the most convenient way to earn TEFL certification, there is no real substitute for in person educational experiences. Completing a TEFL program in Shanghai will give you the additional benefit of having a month-long orientation period, to life in the city, before jumping in front of a class.

Topics covered during your TEFL certification courses in Shanghai will include such aspects of ESL learning as grammar, phonetics, teaching methodology, classroom management strategies, and much more. Most TEFL programs in Shanghai will also include the opportunity to gain real teaching practice in front of students, which can prove tremendously valuable for new teachers.

Upon completion of the TEFL qualification in Shanghai, your program provider will likely help you find an ESL teaching job in Shanghai (many TEFL programs in Shanghai even include lifetime job assistance). It is possible to find work teaching English in Shanghai at any level in public and private schools, international schools, in business settings, and through a variety of other mediums. There are 24 million people in the city, so the demand for English teachers is quite large!

Life in Shanghai

Shanghai rose to prominence in the 19th century when China opened its borders to trade with the West, and has since developed into a global business and financial capital with the busiest container port in the world. From ancient gardens and temples to a highly modern skyline towering above the East China Sea, Shanghai is a fascinating synthesis of the old and new China and an extremely rewarding city to live in.

Moving to Shanghai will prove quite an adjustment for many English speaking teachers coming from Western nations. The sheer number of people can make the city feel overwhelming at times as the streets are constantly bustling with noise and activity. Traffic can be very chaotic, but the Shanghai Metro is one of the best in all of China and connects to most major urban and suburban districts, so you will never have a problem getting around town.

The language barrier can prove another formidable component to living in Shanghai, but with patience and understanding you will find that communication is usually possible even when the other party is not familiar with the English language. Many signs are written in both Mandarin and English so that it is easy to find your way around as well.

While you are earning your TEFL certification in Shanghai don’t hesitate to make the effort to learn Mandarin as well! The world’s most common native language (English) is becoming increasingly useful as China develops into a global leader on many fronts, but expanding your language skills can never hurt.

Salary & Costs

Pay is good and living is cheap for English teachers in Shanghai. While it is indeed one of China’s more expensive cities, most costs of living in Shanghai remain significantly lower than in the Western world (metro rides are less than a dollar and you can eat a meal out for only a few dollars too). Teaching jobs in Shanghai pay upwards of $1,000 to $2,000 per month depending on the position type and amount of hours you work, allowing most teachers to save up a decent amount of money while teaching English in Shanghai. Many employers will compensate you by other means too, which can include housing, flights, some meals, and paid vacation time.

Accommodation & Visas

Many TEFL program providers will help you to secure housing during your courses in Shanghai. While Shanghai is a modern city in many respects and you will be made comfortable in your accommodations, remember that China is a developing country and that certain Western luxuries will not always be available. Don’t panic though - it is very likely that you will find the simplicity of life refreshing!

You will need a visa to teach English in China, so communicate with your TEFL program provider in Shanghai about the best way to go about obtaining the proper documentation once it is time for you to begin your first TEFL job. While a closed government, China is fairly good about granting visas to visitors from Western countries. You can check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information about the Chinese visa policy toward your home nation.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Shanghai has the potential to be the greatest adventure of your lifetime. Shanghai is a city that can offer you a unique immersive experience in the modern face of China, while not leaving behind the civilization’s ancient roots entirely. Adapting to life in Shanghai will be challenging, but you will find every day increasingly rewarding as you come to understand and appreciate an entirely new manifestation of urban life in the far East. Plus the food is unbeatable!

Read our comprehensive guide on earning a TEFL Certification in China.

Read More

A Guide To
TEFL Courses in Shanghai


 Find TEFL Certification Programs in Shanghai


This listing has been saved 59 times

International TEFL Academy

Want to teach English in China? Earn an internationally accredited TEFL certification and receive lifetime job placement assistance from International TEFL Academy for teaching English in China and 50 countries worldwide. Many teachers receive benefits like free housing and airfare. Visit our site for more info:


This listing has been saved 6 times

Internationally Recognized TEFL Courses

With i-to-i, you’ll learn all the skills and knowledge you need to start teaching English abroad. Offering classroom and online training, the courses are packed full of practical information and teaching methodologies to help you become a great TEFL teacher. Once you're qualified, you'll have a top level TEFL certificate to add to your resume and the confidence to teach and travel the world!


This listing has been saved 2 times

Fully Accredited and Recognised TEFL Certification

The advanced 120hr hour TEFL course (teaching English as a foreign language) course is completed online making it really convenient for students across the globe. You can access the modules at anytime from your tablet, computer or phone log in or out whenever you like our cutting edge education platform allows this The TEFL course has been developed by people like you in mind with the h...


This listing has been saved 92 times

International TEFL Certificate Program - ACT

Teach English in Asia, Europe, Africa and Worldwide. Teaching English overseas can be a good way to make this dream come true. If you want a prolonged vacation in the exotic destinations around the world, teaching ESL can be the best profession. Teach & Travel - the best way to see the world through the eyes of locals while working to change their lives through education in the English language...


This listing has been saved 10 times

Teach English in China - TEFL course and Job Guarantee!

There are not many cities bigger than Shanghai, it is one of the most modern cities in the world! You will never run out of things to do in Shanghai! Become TEFL Certified and experience a new culture as well as gain professional teaching experience! After this training course you will receive a TEFL certificate that means you are qualified to teach English anywhere in the world, not just Ch...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Get Your Certification with TEFL Training College China

China is one of the leading countries offering the highest salaries for English teachers, making it an ideal destination to step up your career with a financially rewarding job. But before venturing abroad, earn a globally accepted certification with TEFL Training College. Enroll in any of our accredited TEFL/TESOL courses offered online. These are the following: - Certificate of Educationa...


This listing has been saved 9 times

120 hour in-class TEFL in Shanghai, China

* Full job placement assistance * Highest paid teaching jobs in Asia * Located in downtown Shanghai- China's hottest city * Internationally recognized TEFL certification Teacher Link's unique TEFL course fully prepares you for the classroom and helps you build the confidence needed to be an effective teacher. Our intensive four week curriculum focuses on getting you many hours of hands-on...


This listing has been saved 74 times

Teach ANYWHERE in China: 300+ Schools, 60+ Cities

Upfront paid flights available for a limited time. We are looking for amazing people to join our community of over 2,000 teachers across China. Have the adventure of a lifetime as you teach English at one of our kids and teens, adult or online schools. All positions include a full-time salary and competitive benefits package. From day one, you will receive the support you need every step of t...


This listing has been saved 30 times

Teaching English with LoPair Au Pair China

Nǐ hǎo! The best way to completely immerse in Chinese culture is to become part of a family in China. Sign up for LoPair Au Pair China, the country’s only award-winning au pair company! LoPair offers an award-winning TEFL and cultural exchange program that lets you immerse fully in Chinese family culture while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime in the majestic Middle Kingdom! This is a 3 to ...