Zhejiang Normal University
International Students Enjoy Samplings of Traditional Chinese Culture

Employment Benefits

Long-term international faculty are expected to sign contracts for at least a full academic year (10 months). Contracts are renewed every year in the spring at the discretion of the International Office. A one-year contract includes the following benefits: 


-Furnished apartment with a stipend for utilities

-Reimbursement of one round-trip air ticket from the teacher’s home country (up to 10,000 RMB)

-Insurance package 

-Paid winter holiday (usually 4-5 weeks every year)

-Paid summer holiday (upon contract renewal for the following year)

-Travel bonus of 2,200 RMB 

-Free Chinese language classes 


See below for more information on housing, insurance, and Chinese classes. Short-term international faculty receive only the basic benefits of free accommodation, airfare reimbursement and office space. 

Housing & Family Accessibility

International faculty will be provided with a furnished apartment in a convenient location on or just next to campus, a 10-20 minute walk from most of the classroom buildings. International faculty are housed together in two buildings, providing a supportive environment for newcomers.

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Each apartment has a bedroom, office, living room, kitchen, and bathroom with wash machine for laundry. Some apartments also have a balcony where clothes can be hung out to dry. Bathrooms have a western toilet and shower (no bathtub). Each apartment has internet access and a land-line telephone. Larger families and couples who both teach may be eligible for a larger 2-bedroom apartment. 

Furniture typically includes:
bed (with pillows and blankets)
2 nightstands
desk with chair
coffee table
television & stand
kitchen table and 6 chairs
some basic kitchen items (skillet, cutting board, knife, bowls, chopsticks)
dispenser for drinking water
electric stove & hood
hot water in bathrooms and kitchen
wash machine (no dryer)
heater/air conditioner units
ethernet ports (wireless routers can be purchased near campus) 
ZJNU welcomes teachers with families. The university has a strong family feel both among Chinese and international faculty. There are currently several families in the international faculty with young children, and it is easy to find family community among the many Chinese faculty who have school-age children as well. There is a preschool and kindergarten just off campus for children of university faculty, and local primary and middle schools are also close to campus. Children of international faculty can enroll at  these schools. Basic needs like diapers and children’s clothing can be found easily in Jinhua. The international faculty apartments have proved satisfactory for the needs of families with children. Babysitters and nannies can be arranged to help with childcare and household chores while parents are at work. 

Chinese Language Classes

The University arranges Chinese language classes free of charge each semester for international faculty who are interested in acquiring or improving Chinese language skill. They are typically held twice a week for 90 minutes in the evening and are taught by master’s students in the Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language program. 

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Classes are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. All levels work on developing practical conversation ability and basic reading. In addition to the classes, personal tutoring is easy to arrange with university students. 

Extracurricular Opportunities

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are many opportunities for international faculty to be involved in students’ language learning at ZJNU.

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Student Union-sponsored English clubs are happy to have international teachers facilitate or participate in activities. Internationalfaculty are often invited to judge speech contests or other language competitions held on campus. Teachers are welcome to develop extracurricular activities of their own initiative as well; past examples have included a drama club, English movie showings, and an English country dance club.

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