With Mandarin Chinese set to be one of the most vital languages internationally, it has never been more important to connect young people in the UK with China! Knowledge of China and Chinese culture opens up a world of opportunities for your students, and an ability to communicate in Mandarin can really make them stand out from the crowd.

The official period of appointment for Mandarin Chinese language assistants in the UK is from mid-September 2021 to 30 June 2022 (41 weeks).

Funding for the programme means that UK host institutions only pay Mandarin Chinese language assistants the National Living Wage (£8.72 from April 2020) for a minimum of 12 hours a week worked, reducing costs dramatically. This wage remains the same regardless of UK region. (please include link)

The minimum annual cost for a Mandarin Chinese language assistant is £4,914.24. This cost includes the one-off £624 Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which should be reimbursed directly to the assistant by the UK host institution(s) involved in the sharing arrangements.