Guaranteed Placement & Salary

China 2023 placement guarantee – All China 2023 applicants get a 10 month, salaried placement at a CEAIE, MF or CIPTC approved partner institution (kindergarten, 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 £825-£1900 monthly (which in China, is considered a serious amount of money). Generally speaking, the more developed the region, the higher the cost of living, and the higher the salary.

Funded TEFL Qualification

All China 2023 applicants are given a TEFL qualification, funded by TravelGrad, which can be completed online before departure for China. Applicants will receive their logon credentials upon first payment. This TEFL is then yours for life, regardless of what happens afterwards. It is valid worldwide (not just in China).

Extra Contract Benefits

We ensure that every China 2023 applicants’ contract includes:

Reimbursement of Return Flights (most typically to an approximate maximum of £900/£1000). *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 2022 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.


China 2023 Training, Consulting, & Pre-departure support fee: £899. Extensive Advice and Support from TravelGrad throughout the entire application process, and is broken down as follows:

£299 – This first payment secures your place & gets you the online TEFL course. It also covers the initial administration associated with your application.

£300 – This second payment covers placement process, and the consultation and conversation around that. We will offer you various roles and contracts based on your preferences. The payment is only due when you are satisfied with a placement, and you accept the contract. Where possible, we will put you in touch with previous applicants at the various placements during this stage.

£300 –  This final payment covers the support and administration required to get you from placement allocation to actually arriving in China. An average of about 15 hours goes into each and every application during this stage. Applicants also receive access to our online portal, with clear step-by-step guides on absolutely everything, as well as access to our lesson plan library resource.

A £150 discount is applied when the entire fee is cleared upfront (£749 total).

🇨🇳Please note that we decided not to accept any 2022 China applications, due to how difficult, expensive & risky the Chinese Government have made it for applicants to enter the country at present (covid-19 related). We are however taking applications for an August 2023 start. Support fees payed for such are transferable to our opportunities in other countries if the situation in China remains unchanged/unimproved by August 2023.

Support in China: Local, ‘on the ground’ support is provided by the CEAIE, MF & CIPTC (Beijing & Shenzhen based) for the duration of your contract in China. Applicants are also added to multiple group chats, with applicants past and present, and will receive the most recent version of TravelGrad – China Teaching Experience – Survival Guide. 

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 TravelGrad Ltd. is solely for your TEFL training, our consultation services, and your pre-departure support. Having said that, you are guaranteed a placement. We just don’t charge you for that part. You can think of it as though we find you a placement for free, but apply a charge for the services in and around that placement.

Additional Expenses

  • VISA

UK PassportsUsually (90% of applicants) £150. Occasionally (10% of applicants) £280 (it depends 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.


Variable (£100-£900 depending which company/product you go for).

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



It is done by post, via an agency in London. Some applicants actually get this money refunded at the end of their contract, but others do not. It is kind of just ‘luck of the draw’ as to whether or not your school will opt to refund it.


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. 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-£300 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 8 years, has been about £50).

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 (or 2) 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.

There is potential for additional Covid-19 related expenses. This could include, for example, hotel quarantine on arrival & pre-flight testing. We do of course hope that none of this will still be a thing by August 2023, but you never know!


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). 

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.