Teach English in Qingdao: The Complete Guide

Learn about the beautiful coastal city in Shandong Province and what to expect teaching here

Qingdao at a Glance

Qingdao, pronounced as [ˈCHiNGˈdou] or Tsingtao, a sub-provincial city as well as the economic center of Shandong Province. Qingdao is an important coastal central city of China, it is also a coastal resort city, an international port city.

Qingdao is renowned as the ‘sailing capital of China’, and it is the host city of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Sailing Competition as well as the 13th Paralympic Sailing Competition.

Where Is Qingdao

Qingdao is located in East China, the southeast of the Shandong Peninsula, and in the east near the Yellow Sea. It is at the forefront of the China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Zone.

Qingdao Map/location
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Population of Qingdao

The permanent resident population of Qingdao is 9.5 million by the end of 2019, and the city's population density is 682 people per square km.

Weather in Qingdao

Located in the seaside, the weather in Qingdao is very good with the sea breeze and sunshine. The summer average temperaturein Qingdao is 30 °C, while in winter it will drop below zero degrees Celsius(-5°C). The average precipitation is 21.7 mm per month and the humidity is 68%.

As for the air quality, in 2019, there were 217.9 days in Qingdao with good or excellent air quality.

How to Get to Qingdao

There are two international airports in Qingdao: Qingdao Liuting International Airport, and Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport (under construction). Besides, there are four railway stations: Qingdao station, Qingdao Bei station, Qingdao Xi station, and Hongdao station (under construction).

Qingdao is on the southeast of Beijing, and the distance between the two cities is 548.93 km(341.09 miles), which lasts about one and a half hours by airplane.

Teach English in Qingdao, Shandong

Shandong Province is the birthplace of Confucian culture. Today, according to Qingdao Government, there are 26 universities and colleges in Qingdao, and this city is also an international marine scientific research and education center. 

In Qingdao, you can not only enjoy the profound cultural environment there but also meet the various English teaching jobs.

International School Jobs in Qingdao

There are some famous local private schools in Qingdao such as Qingdao Yinhai Academy, also some chain brand international school open their campus here, like Wei Ming School. 

For the ESL teachers, all are required a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and most schools want to employ the teachers from an English speaking country. Nevertheless, there are still many chances if you have a clear and standard accent.

As for working experience, according to our ‘Qingdao City&Salary 2020 Research Report’, the proportion for freshman teachers(less than one-year working experience) and entry-level teachers (one to two years) required in international schools are almost the same. The teaching certificates including TEFL/TESOL is a must in most schools.

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Kindergarten Jobs in Qingdao

For becoming an ESL teacher in kindergartens in Qingdao, holding a minimum bachelor's degree is a prerequisite.

Moreover, many kindergartens in Qingdao want to employ ESL teachers who have one to two years of working experience.

As for the teachers’ nationality, many kindergartens emphasize that teachers must from an English speaking country.

Besides, the teachers in kindergarten should be positive and passionate with children, and they are not limited in teaching language, but also need to instruct students and meet students' varying needs and interests.

Training Center Jobs in Qingdao

Most of the well-known training center open their chapters in Qingdao, such as Field English, Hampson. 

When hiring ESL teachers, most training centers in Qingdao do not focus on the working experience, that means less than one year working experience is acceptable. However, they emphasize more on teachers' accent. Therefore, it is preferred if you come from an English speaking country or with a clear and standard accent. 

How Much Do You Get Paid to Teach in Qingdao?

For ESL teachers in Qingdao, according to our 'Qingdao City&Salary 2020 Research Report’, the average salary in international school ranks first, which is around ¥22,214($3,177)per month. Then is in kindergarten, the last is in the training center. 

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Type of SchoolMonthly Basic Salary
Training Center¥12,750($1,823) - ¥19,125($2,735)
International School¥16,714($2,390)-¥27,714 ($3,960)

Qingdao ESL Job Requirements

According to TTJ “Qingdao City&Salary 2020 Research Report", the minimum bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for all the ESL teachers in international schools, training centers, and kindergartens. 

The less than one-year working experience is acceptable in most training centers, while one to two years experience is required in most international schools.

As for nationality, even if you do not come from an English speaking country, a clear and standard accent can give you extra points. 

Last but not least, you should hold the no criminal record.

Live in Qingdao, China

Qingdao is a city with beautiful scenery and pleasant weather. Every year, Qingdao attracts thousands of tourists not only for the sea view but also for the warm and hospitable people there. What’s more, located near the sea, you can enjoy the freshest seafood as well as drink famous TSINGTAO BEER in Qingdao. If you love the sea, Qingdao is a city that you cannot miss. 

Things to Do in Qingdao

Laoshan, located in the Laoshan District of Qingdao City, Shandong Province, is the main mountain range of the Shandong Peninsula. The main peak of Mount Lao is called "Jufeng", which is the highest peak in China's coastline and is known as the "first mountain" on the sea. 

If you get up early in the morning, you can see the sunrise on the sea in Mount Lao.

Qingdao Tourist Attraction Laoshan
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Qingdao is rich in seafood, such as fish, shellfish, prawns, seaweed. The seafood there is not only fresh but also cheap.

Qingdao seafood
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Besides the seafood, the beer culture is interesting and attractive. As the birthplace of TSINGTAO BEER, people from all over the world come to Qingdao to join the Qingdao International Beer Festival ever year. This festival opens on the second weekend of August every year for 16 days. There are many activities and shows during the festival, and people can enjoy themselves there.

Qingdao International Beer Festival
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Cost of Living in Qingdao

The average cost of a family (four people) is ¥11,138($1,591) without rent. If you are single, the cost decreases to ¥3,059($437).  

As for the rent, the rent cost in Qingdao is about 70% lower than that in Shanghai. A single apartment with one bed in city center costs around ¥2,725($389), while with three-bedroom costs about ¥6,385($912)

Where to Live in Qingdao

Qingdao has 7 districts and 3 county-level cities. Among them, Shinan, Shibei, Laoshan, Licang, Chengyang District are the city centers.

Qingdao Subway Map

There are 4 subway lines (line2, 3, 11, and 13) that are on the operation by December 2019. It is estimated that by 2021, a subway network with 7 operating lines and a total length of 332 kilometers will be formed.

Qingdao Metro Map
 (Photo from Travel China Guide)

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