All Year Round Start Date Option


If you wish to come to China at a time other than August, then the All Year Round Start Date option is for you. Under this option you have 2 further options:

OPTION 1 – FEBRUARY START:  (THIS OPTION IS NOW FULL FOR FEB 2020) Option 2 ‘Start Any Date’ below still has availability however, and so too does the August 2020 start.

We have 10-20 places available for a Feb/March 2020 start (ish 11 months contract). All the usual perks apply!

  • Free Flights (both directions)
  • Free Accomm
  • Free TEFL qualification
  • Long paid holidays (to travel around Asia – think Philippines, Thailand, Beaches, parties)
  • Mostly public schools (chilled placements)
  • Best year of your life

^Support Fee = £449 if you pay it all in 1 go at the start (within 21 days of applying through the website), £579 if you spread the payment out over 3-6 months ish.


With the Start Any Date option, you will likely be placed at a private kindergarten or language centre, as opposed to a public school. Kindergartens & language centres take teachers all year round, unlike public schools, which tend to hire at the start of semesters (August/September & February). Compared to public schools, private kindergartens & language centres have significantly fewer holidays, heavier working hours, and a significantly higher salary (between about 1000 and 2500 pounds per month). You may recall that our public school salaries are more around the 800-1200 pounds per month mark. You may wonder why the private kindergartens & language centres salaries vary between ish 1000 and 2500 pounds per month. Well, generally speaking, the longer the working hours (45 hours per week, versus 20 for example), the higher the salary! Accommodation varies between contracts (sometimes it is included, sometimes it is not, sometimes you get money towards it etc), but basically, if you want a contract with accommodation included just let us know and that’s totally fine. As you can probably imagine, free accommodation brings the salary down a bit.

Please note that it is SOMETIMES possible to get a public school under the Start Any Date option. It tends to be if somebody unexpectedly has to leave China early etc. We get the odd randomly-timed request from public schools basically. We can’t guarantee this, but you can request it as a possibility.

We basically use this option for anybody that wants to go to China at a time other than mid August or February, or wants to make a lot of money. This means however that you might head out to China on your own. That being said, we can try and have you placed nearby some of the most recent big groups of applicants if you like. We can also put you in touch with those guys before you head out to China.

We need about 12 weeks to get you out to China (from date of your first support fee instalment). If you want to get to China quicker than this, let us know, and we will deal with it on a case by case basis.

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

Start Any Date SUPPORT FEE: £649 if you need a TEFL from us, £449 if you don’t.


Start Any Date applicants do not do our usual TEFL. They do an alternative 120-hour online TEFL qualification instead (before heading out to China), paid for by The China Teaching Experience. They do not attend any physical training camp in China before their placement. Why? We need a big group of applicants to do the physical TEFL training in Beijing. We can’t arrange it for just one or two people on their own, or we’d end up having to charge applicants far more than £649. Our priority is to keep your initial costs as low as possible! In addition to giving you a FREE TEFL, The China Teaching Experience will also cover a £185 TEFL legalisation fee (via ChinaVisaDirect) for you, during your application process!

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES (for both Feb start and Start Any Date):


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 – 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.



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, at a cost of roughly £20/25 []). We will advise these applicants on the procedure closer to the time.


(Degree Certificate & Criminal Record Check) – £185 per document, with an agency called ChinaVisaDirect.


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.



*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.