The budgeting timeline is spread over around a 6 to 8 month period (December to September) and has been developed to outline all of the expected costs that our applicants will encounter both directly (visa application fee) and indirectly (personal insurance). The timeline outlines the AVERAGE cost of an application for an applicant and should only be used as a guideline the actual amount an applicant could spend could be higher or lower than what we suggest i.e. an applicant may choose to purchase more than the common vaccinations (we leave this down to the discretion of each applicant).
Different provinces in China vary in how enforce rules and regulations meaning that the cost of an application can differ between regions. For example in most regions a basic criminal record check is sufficient (£25) while in Beijing schools are required to submit a more in-depth criminal record check (£60). If when we get to the placement process (see more details) we find a region is being particularly expensive for this year then we may choose to exclude it from the selection process to save our applicants money.
From the budgeting costs listed below we estimate that around 50% to 70% of it will be refunded at the end of your school contract (this will differ depending on the placement school). In our budgeting timeline we have also included the first-month of living expenses (September to early October) as schools pay their teachers backdated meaning that an applicant will receive their September pay at the end of the month. With all of the following considered we estimate that the AVERAGE applicant will need around £2000 (including their first month in China).
We understand that this is a lot of money for applicants to pay for especially for applicants that are currently studying or have recently graduate. This is why we encourage applicants to explore a number of different financing options to see if taking part in the programme is financially viable for them. Previous teachers in China have taken advantage of a number of different financing options such as taking advantage of 0% interest bank overdrafts or student finance loans. Some previous teachers have also funded their application through part-time jobs or asking family members for a cash injection.
SUPPORT FEE (INCLUDING TEFL & SUMMER CAMP)
For the Graduate Programme we charge a support fee of £450. The support fee allows us to provide our applicants with high-quality support throughout the application process. Included in this fee is access to a 120-hour TEFL course (online & physical) & 2-week all expenses paid Beijing summer camp (worth £300+). The fee can be paid in one or two separate instalments.
£200 - PROGRAMME DEPOSIT
After an applicant completes a successful interview they will be emailed with instructions as to how to place their programme deposit. The programme deposit is required to guarantee the applicants place on the programme. Applicants that are interested in taking part in the programme should aim to place their deposit shortly after their interview to avoid missing out on the programme (as we only have a limited number of places).
£250 - PROCESSING FEE
At a later date, we will ask our applicants to send the remaining amount of their programme support fee. For Applicants who place their programme deposit before February, this date will be by the 10th of April. For applicants that place their deposit between February and April, the processing fee will be paid by the 1st of June.
Applicants that apply as a pair or group will each receive a discount on their processing fee.
Pair (2 Applicants): £50 discount (each applicant)
Group (3+ Applicants): £75 discount (each applicant)
OTHER THINGS FOR APPLICANTS TO CONSIDER
Applicants travelling to China may wish to get certain vaccinations/top-up shots to protect them for their travelling in China (and nearby countries). On average applicants spend less than £60 on their vaccinations and many applicants receive their vaccinations for FREE under the NHS (applicants from the UK). We recommend that applicants ask their local GP and check government-backed websites for travel & vaccination advice. A few websites we have found to be useful are fit for travel, gov.uk, and travel health pro. Vaccinations are not reimbursed by the school.
A COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE POLICY
We STRONGLY recommend that applicants take out their own COMPREHENSIVE insurance BEFORE purchasing any travel to China (July/August). Teaching in China takes no responsibility for any applicants that fail to purchase valid insurance. We also don't recommend relying on the insurance that the school may provide as many of these insurances don't provide comprehensive insurance. These days travel insurance can be purchased very easily online with a worldwide travel plan likely to cost anywhere between £200 and £300 for comprehensive coverage. Insurance is not reimbursed by the school.