Start Any Date

With the Start Any Date option, you can literally come to China any time you want, for up to 18 months from the date you pay your first support fee instalment.

We stop taking Aug/Sep start applications in early April each year, and instead begin taking Start Any Date applications. Those Start Any Date applicants then tend to arrive in China a short while after the Aug/Sep start applicants. That is because it takes about 4 months to prep an application and get the applicant to China. This year is a little bit different however. Depending how things unfold over the coming months, vaccine wise etc, it is quite possible that any Start Any Date applications submitted to us in April or May 2021 will actually arrive in China at the same time as the 100 applicants from our China 2021 option, due to the potential of a slightly delayed departure for our China 2021 applicants this year. In any case, April and May Start Any Date applicants will be added to the China 2021 group chats etc, and for all intents and purposes will feel ‘part of the China 2021 group’.

SUPPORT FEE: £599 or £499 (if you have a qualifying TEFL already)

FREE TEFL: Start Any Date applicants complete a 120/180-hour online TEFL qualification before heading out to China, paid for by The China Teaching Experience. It only actually takes 35-40 hours to do. The China Teaching Experience recommends Enjoy TEFL as a trusted partner and its sole preferred supplier of TEFL Courses.

How long does the application take? We need about 16 weeks minimum to get you out to China.

Where are the placements? The school types on this option vary. You may be placed at a public schoolprivate schoolkindergarten or language centre, in one of any number of Chinese cities. Public schools tend to have the lowest weekly workloads & highest amount of holidays. Private schools & Kindergartens tend to have higher weekly workloads, but equal amounts of holidays to public schools. Language centres have the fewest holidays, the highest weekly workloads, but significantly higher salaries.

So how is your placement decided? Applicants complete a preferences form, where they let us know their preferred school type and start date. We then work to match you to your preferences. We cannot guarantee the preferences (it is outside of our control), but we are pretty good at it. Applicants pay an initial £299 to get the ball rolling.This covers the TEFL qualification and initial support. We will then send you some job offers. The second £299 is only due when you receive a contract that you are happy to accept. If you already have a qualifying TEFL, the 299 payments are reduced to 249.

Flights & Accommodation – Most contracts (about 85% of them) provide flight reimbursement and free accommodation for the duration of the contract. Some higher paying jobs do not (about 15%). You are free to submit a preference on either of these two aspects, and can also reject any contract that fails to give you what you want. We will then search for an alternative. In other words, if you want a contract with free accommodation and a flight reimbursement, you can have it, guaranteed.

Additional Reassuring Info – The same schools from the August/September option are used on this option, as well as additional private options (higher salary) for those who want them. Applicants often ask us if they will be alone or part of a group if they chose this option. We will never place an applicant alone, far from other applicants, unless they ask us to. We use about 5 cities, and generally have about 20 applicants in each of those 5 cities, at any point. Start Any Date applicants go to those same 5 cities, and join those groups of applicants already there (unless they ask us to place them elsewhere). Having been doing this for seven years now, we understand what applicants like and don’t like, and we have built our placement options around that understanding.

Click here to see what the Start Any Date Application Process looks like!


VISA UK Passports £150-£300 (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).

TRAVEL INSURANCE The one linked on our website (‘Longstay Travel Insurance’ Tab) is about £390 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!

VACCINATIONS 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.


NOTARISATION & LEGALISATION OF YOUR DOCUMENTATIONwith an agency in London (process is done by post however) £350

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 the first month will not be payed until you have already been in China a month ish, and so, you would of course need to bring about £500 as month 1 spending money.

MEDICAL 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.