What can you earn teaching English in China?
- China 2020 placement guarantee – All China 2020 applicants get a 10 month, salaried placement at a CEAIE-approved or MF-approved partner institution (school, college or university) or organisation – guaranteed – You will sign your contract, and therefore know exactly where you are going, before travelling to China. Salaries are dependant on location but tend to fall somewhere in the region of £750-£1900 monthly (which in China, is considered a serious amount of money). Generally speaking, the more ‘build up’ the region, the higher the cost of living, and the higher the salary.
- All China 2020 applicants are given our free TEFL, which includes a pre-departure, online course (takes about 20 hours to complete), as well as some practical training at the induction camp in August. The TEFL is officially approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Department of Foreign Experts. *Food & Accommodation are also provided free of charge, to all applicants, for the duration of the camp.
Extra Contract Benefits
We ensure that every China 2020 applicants’ contract includes:
- Reimbursement of Return Flights (most typically to an approximate maximum of £850-£1350). *Applicants must pay for their flights upfront, and are refunded the money upon completion of their contract. This is a precaution that must be taken to protect against those who may seek to abuse the benefit. This means however that all applicants must have some way of coming up with this money before departing for China. It is likely that family, or interest-free overdrafts could come in handy here. About 95% of applicants opt for a one-way flight to China, to keep costs low in the first instance. This tends to cost them about £500. The flight home is often bought far in advance and tends to work out cheaper than the flight to China.
We further ensure that, with the exception of those on the Shanghai Pacican option, every China 2020 applicants’ contract includes:
- Free Furnished Accommodation, either on campus, or close by, for the entire duration of your stay in China. You will either have a private apartment, or a private room in shared accommodation. *The majority of your utilities are also usually paid (at least up to a ‘reasonable’ limit).
Applicants on the Shanghai Pacican option need not worry about their lack of free accommodation however, as their salary will be roughly £1750 per month. Accommodation will cost them only about £350 per month.
The China Teaching Experience Support Fee
**CHINA 2020 SUPPORT FEE: £499
Extensive Advice and Support from The China Teaching Experience throughout the entire application process.
Support in China: Local, ‘on the ground’ support is provided by the CEAIE and MF (both Beijing based) for the duration of your contract in China. You are also given access to an online SSP (sharing and support platform), which applicants have found wonderfully helpful, while out in China.
**Please note: We are not an employment agency. We instead promote cultural exchange opportunities. You are not paying us to find you a job. Any payment made by yourself to The China Teaching Experience Ltd. is solely for the use of our pre-departure support service.
UK Passports – £150-£330 (depending whether you do it through our partner VISA agency, another agency of your choice, or directly with the Chinese consulate/embassy, & whether you go for 3 or 4 working-day processing).
Non-UK passports – You can apply for your VISA in your home country if you prefer – it tends to be far cheaper than the UK price, typically somewhere in the region of £30-£100.
The one linked on our website (‘Longstay Travel Insurance’ Tab) is about £300 for the whole year!
Most applicants will likely go with that option. Alternatively you can look around the market for an alternative of your choice. Please just be careful that whichever one you buy does actually cover you for what you are going to be doing!
Variable. It massively depends on what you decide to get, and where you decide to get it. Some applicants spend nothing, while some applicants spend hundreds. The average spend tends to be about £50.
OFFICIAL POLICE CLEARANCE
Please note that 1 or 2 regions require the original certificate. Applicants in these regions are required to send it to China by courier service in May/June, at a cost of roughly £20/25 [transglobalexpress.com]). We will advise these applicants on the procedure closer to the time.
NOTARISATION & LEGALISATION OF 2 DOCUMENTS
(Degree Certificate & Criminal Record Check) – £145 per document (18 day service) or £219 (8 day service)
It is done by post, via an agency called ChinaVisaDirect. FYI – Ish 85% of applicants end up using the 18 day service, while ish 15% of applicants end up using the 8 day service due to time constraints on their application. Please note: This legalisation requirement only came about in 2017. When it was announced, we asked all schools if they could possibly cover this cost (retrospectively) for our teachers. The result was that about 75% of applicants ended up getting this money refunded. The following year (2018) was about the same. We will try the same tactics again for China 2019 & China 2020, but there is no guarantee that your school (or any school) will agree to refund it. Fingers crossed however that as many of our China 2019 & China 2020 applicants as possible get it refunded!
INITIAL SPENDING MONEY
You will start earning money as soon as you arrive in your city, but do bear in mind that your salary for September will be paid at the end of September/beginning of October, and so, you would of course need to bring about 500 pounds as September spending money.
*All applicants are required to undergo a full medical examination upon arrival, IN CHINA. The cost of such is about £50, and is almost always (roughly 90% of applicants) covered by your school. In addition to this however, there is a pre-China element associated to your medical. This pre-China element varies region to region, year to year. There are 3 different scenarios that may occur:
1 – You may be lucky, and may simply be required to write a declaration, stating that you are ”fit and well enough to live in China, for 10 months”.
2 – You might be slightly less lucky, and require a doctors note (GP), stating you are ”fit and well to go to China for a year, to teach English”
3 – Unluckiest of all, you might require a 1 or 2-page medical document be completed by a UK doctor. The China Teaching Experience will give you this document, and there should be minimal costs involved (most applicants manage to get it done for free, while a handful of applicants have had to pay anything from £10-£200 for it. It seems to very much come down to how and where you ask for it. The average amount paid for it, by our applicants over the last 5 years, has been about £30).
If potential medical costs are a concern for you, why not ask to be placed in a region that tends only to require option 1 above?
Please note that the medical, criminal record, vaccinations and travel insurance costs referenced here are UK applicant costs. Applicants from countries other than the UK are themselves advised to research the cost of everything before deciding to take part.
NOTES REGARDING SALARY
The cost of living in China is substantially lower than the U.K. To appreciate the spending power of your salary, you can generally multiply it by about 3 times (that is to say that making £800/month in China should enable a lifestyle roughly the same as you would have were you making £2400/month in the UK).
The China Teaching Experience has worked to ensure that the salaries in all placement locations are more than enough for our applicants to live comfortably in that location. In fact, in each case, it is quite likely that you will be able to save some money too.
If you wish to do some extra hours at your school, it is highly likely that you will be paid overtime. You certainly won’t ‘need’ to do this, but it’s an option for those looking to make extra cash.