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Q: When does the spring semester for universities start in 2017?

I'm looking to end my current contract around February 23rd but i want to be sure I will have enough time to move to a university job if  I can find one.  My current school has told me that they hire teachers in June or July to start training for the September semester.  She also said only some universities have spring semesters.  Can anyone shed any light on this?

3 years 40 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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No. I'm a postgraduate student in Shanghai now. Every Chinese univiersity has spring semester. And our spring semester generally begins two weeks after Chinese New Year. But it is true that most schools do not recruit teachers before Spring Festival. If you want to find a new university job after your retiring from the current job, I think you'd better go to some Recruiting Website to look for it now. And if there is a university lack of teachers, you'd better contact them now and reach an oral agreement as soon as possible. By doing so, you can start your new job after you end your current contact next year.

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Start applying in December, all schools recruit mainly April til August but because of shortages there will be many schools looking to fill positions for the spring semester. Rule of thumb in China, if their mouth is moving they're likely lying. 

Smells like you're working for a training school. Negotiate an out for Feb. now include that you get your release docs. by Jan. 1st. Detail with dates all money to be paid and how the contract cancelation penalty is to be handled. Make sure there is a Chinese copy of the agreement and that it is stamped. This will help to protect you against being screwed over.  Learn the SAFEA number for your city.

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