Suzhou SIP Foreign Teacher Program

SIP Foreign Teacher Program is a government project sponsored by Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Education Bureau. Currently Suzhou Industrial Park has 11 primary schools, 5 junior high schools, 13 nine-year scheme(from Grade 1 to Grade 9) schools, 3 pure high schools, 1 secondary vocational school, 1 higher vocational and technical college, and 4 community education centers. There are 2,828 faculty members and 33,202 students. In 2004, the park passed the city-level assessment of the advanced area of education internationalization.



Teaching is such a fun job. Every day is different. My students are active, funny and excited to learn and they make every lesson fun. And Suzhou is so beautiful!

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Living in china is so amazing and this year I am working very hard on improving my Chinese and learning how to cook Chinese food. I am very excited to be spending more time in this beautiful city!

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I am currently working at two wonderful schools; Jingfan Middle School and No.12 Middle School and I am thoroughly enjoying my time at both schools.

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Salary & Benefits

Base Salary 11,000-14,000 RMB after tax plus benefits and allowance

10 months from Sept-Jun or at least 6 months during school year

Housing Allowance
2,000 RMB per month or shared 2 bedroom apartment

Working Hours
Mon to Fri, 8:30am to 4pm. Less than 16 teaching hours, and no office hours.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided at school cafeteria

Current Teachers
42 foreign teachers in 15 different schools with student between 10-15 years old


Native English speaker

Bachelor degree or above

<55 years old

With TEFL, TESOL or TESL certificate

At least 2 years of teaching experience

"The best public school program I have worked for after 4 years teaching in China"

~ Terry Hudson, Suzhou Xinghai Primary School