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Living in Chennai

India is a rapidly changing nation, and these changes create both opportunities and challenges for those who choose to live here.  Chennai affords its residents a wide variety of cultural, outdoor, and culinary pursuits.  As a city of 7 million, it is not a small town, however, its footprint over a large area of Tamil Nadu makes it seem less crowded and hectic than other Indian cities of comparable size.  A reliable transportation infrastructures make owning and driving a car accessible to expats, however, traffic at certain times of the day can make travel into or out of the city a challenge.  

The Tamil culture is an ancient one, with elements that remain unchanged from classical antiquity.  To walk through a temple town today is much the same experience as it may have been over a thousand years ago.  As these deep traditional roots grow into a modern global economy, things may or may not always work the way you expect them to, but AISC provides teachers with high levels of support both at work and at home.

Chennai is a safe, relatively unpolluted and clean Indian city with easy access to scenic beaches, rural towns, and wildlife parks on its outskirts.  The new international airport offers reliable international travel to other areas of India, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Surfing, trekking, diving, and wildlife excursions are common activities both near town and within India itself.

Overall, Chennai is a fascinating, diverse, and comfortable place to live and work for singles, couples, and families.  Click here for more photos.



1. When are new teachers expected to start?
New teachers are expected to arrive in Chennai at the end of July.

2. Does AISC recruit teachers without certification?
It is best to be certified in the field of teaching for which you are making application.

3. Does AISC recruit families?
Our recruitment policy is to recruit candidates with the skills and qualifications that match the position requirements. We hire singles and teaching couples with or without children

4. Does AISC recruit any particular nationality of teachers?
We are an American international school with teachers from various nationalities on staff.

5. Is a visa required in order to travel to India?
Teachers of all nationalities need to apply for an Employment Visa before relocating to Chennai, India.

8. Are our dependent children permitted to attend school at AISC?
Yes, up to two dependent children are permitted to attend school at no cost to the Overseas Hired employee. All dependents must meet the entrance requirements.