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International TEFL Academy

Why choose International TEFL Academy?

International TEFL Academy is passionate about two things:

1. Providing the highest quality TEFL certification classes.
2. Ensuring all of our graduates find professional, paid English teaching jobs abroad & have a wonderful experience overseas.

All of our staff at ITA have worked, lived & traveled abroad extensively. We "get it," and we're passionate about helping you have a great international adventure as we did.

Based in Chicago IL, ITA is a worldwide leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad offering accredited TEFL classes in 20 locations worldwide & award-winning online TEFL classes. We certify 5,000 people per year to teach English abroad and we have graduates teaching in 80+ countries.

In addition to earning an accredited teaching qualification recognized worldwide, all of our students receive lifetime job search guidance & access to a full array of alumni services and networking opportunities.

ITA has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Is it worth it? Yes!

The content is absolutely amazing. I learnt so much during this course about what it takes to be a teacher - not just an EFL teacher, but a teacher in general. Not only has this course equipped me with the skills required to be EFL teacher, it has also enlightened me whilst positively contributing to my person development.

The support has been great too! A special thanks to my admissions advisor Rebecca, course instructor Courtney and student advisor Ivana :)

If you are someone who is looking to get TEFL certified, ITA is the way!

  • Top quality course content
  • Super friendly staff
  • User-friendly platform
  • Limited interaction with course instructor and peers
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pleasantly Surprised!

Like many people here, I was just looking to get a TEFL certification as a means to an end. I honestly went with ITA because people on a TEFL subreddit recommended it. I figured I would just blow through the course and do whatever work was needed. What I didn’t expect was how robust and useful the information on the course is. I did the 170 hour course, 20 of those hours involved me observing and teaching in the classroom, which I felt prepared to do thanks to the program. I finished with the feeling that I had gained skills and knowledge that would benefit me and my future students.

Response from International TEFL Academy


Thanks for taking the time to write a review - we really appreciate it. Please remember to get in touch for job search guidance or with any questions about TEFL, teaching abroad, or teaching English online - our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

It was a nice experience

It was unique because I got more opportunities.and fun and it was unique because I got to know people and make new friends and help my family I really want to be a English teacher to help more kids to be better in the future. And the reason I want to teach in Germany is because the is alert of opportunity for me and my family.and help my family and friends to the reason I want to teach in Germany is the salary is also good .also people are friendly and also want to travel around Germany thank you

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Yes, I recommend this program

ITA- School of INTEGRITY and High Standards of Serving

I took my TEFL course several years ago, but right after the course, my life shifted so I never went into teaching then. Now I’m ready to start, but wondered if I should retake the whole course again? I then called "Ambrosia" of Admissions and shared my thoughts with her. She was great! She was both patient and knowledgeable and keenly in tune to what I TRULY NEEDED- versus what I thought I needed! Instead of signing me up to retake the entire course, she guided me to the “Teaching English Online” specialty course. She told me I could just start here and see...that this could very well be all I need. As I also want to teach online, it would support me in that, but it would also boost my confidence and serve partially a refresher course. This saved me $1400! To me this speaks highly of the integrity, of ITA. They aren’t just there to “rake in your money.” They truly care about YOU, as their student and really are there to serve YOU and guide YOU in the best direction for YOUR career path.

  • Integrity! ITA truly is there to serve YOU and guide YOU in the best direction for YOUR career path. They're not just there to "take your money"!
  • Even though it has been awhile since I took the course, I remember well how comprehensive it was and how well prepared I felt after I was done.
  • ITA is very organized and well-run and the certificates from ITA are highly valued and widely recognized.
  • The 4 week, in-person courses truly are "intensive". But you can do it! I was 53yo and I did it!
  • The price is pretty high- but well worth the money as you will have a truly valuable certificate and lifetime job assistance.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Julie,

Thanks for sharing your experience and writing your review. Our team really appreciates it! We're also really happy (though certainly not surprised!) to read that Ambrosia was able to help and that you found a great fit with the Teaching English Online TEFL Specialty Course! Please get in touch at time we can be of assistance. Our team is here to help!

Thanks - John

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Yes, I recommend this program

My Online ITA Course Experience

I am a current college student hoping to teach English abroad after I graduate. I really appreciate the online asynchronous format of this course because I was able to fit this course into my schedule even while working full-time (plus overtime) at my summer job! My instructor was very kind and helpful, and she offered excellent critiques on my assignments and participated often in the Discussion Forums. The other students were friendly and shared some great ideas in the Forums. I feel like the content was very thorough; it prepares students to teach people of any age or English proficiency level. I am very grateful for the required Practicum, also: even after completing only one hour as of when I wrote this review, I feel much more comfortable with the idea of teaching people English. Overall, I would highly recommend this TEFL/TESL couse!

  • Great instructors
  • Thorough and practical content
  • Good timeline


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.


Why did you choose this program?

The program was online, which worked well with my schedule. Moreover, I was able to talk through all my questions, thoughts, and concerns with my Admissions Advisor. She was absolutely wonderful and gave me knowledge and resources even before I enrolled. I felt very supported before I even started the program.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Honestly, even though it was all virtual, I never felt alone. If I ever needed anything, someone friendly and helpful (my admissions advisor, teacher, or student affairs advisor) would guide me along the way. You're encouraged to find your own practicum hours, but ITA has an extensive resource/partner list you can use to find an organization to work with. It was actually hard to choose, lots of interesting opportunities to choose from. I found an organization to get my practicum hours within 3 days.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be ready to learn and be ready to work! The program really makes sure you're prepared. It's very comprehensive. They dig deep into what and how to teach, but also into cultural sensitivity and culture shock and/or homesickness. I took more time than 10 hours per week (the estimated time for the 11-week course), but I feel it was completely worth it. I left the program feeling really confident and inspired. Oh, and take notes!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I set aside a couple of hours each weekday to dedicate to my online course. Since it's virtual, you can set up whatever schedule works for you. Grab a cup of coffee, log in, and read, take notes, or attend a virtual seminar (some live and some pre-recorded). There are also some peer-to-peer prompts that create great conversations between you and your classmates if you choose to do that.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Navigating a new country can be overwhelming, especially if you don't know the language. I found that most people are genuinely kind and helpful. I also found that what we think we know about a country and what it's really like are very different, often it's better than what we could've hoped for or expected.

What is the one thing you would tell someone that is thinking about traveling (or doing anything in life) but is scared to do it?

Trust yourself. If you thought of it, you're called to do it. No one ever regrets taking that trip (or that leap in life), they only regret NOT doing it. You just have to get out there and see for yourself!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

John Bentley

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Senior Admissions Advisor & Head Writer
A lifelong traveler who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, John Bentley wrote for the Egypt-Israel Edition of the famous Let’s Go! guidebook series during his student days at Harvard and has worked in the fields of international travel, education, and journalism ever since.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Having grown up overseas in Cairo, Egypt there are too many to count - from camping & fishing on desert islands in the Red Sea to exploring ancient monasteries in the Sinai and visiting the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War in 1989. Our high school in Cairo even had our high school graduation at the Great Pyramids of Giza.

But really the most rewarding moments of travel are the small ones you experience when immersing yourself in a foreign culture: strolling through a market in Saigon, riding a train through the countryside in India, interacting with the locals at a coffee shop in Cairo or a pub in Liverpool. These are my favorite travel moments.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

One of the great aspects of working at International TEFL Academy is that we are constantly encouraged to learn as individuals, as team members, and as international travel experts.

We are constantly receiving new training and updates on all aspects of teaching English abroad.

From work visas in Poland to hiring requirements in South Korea, we are constantly getting updated on job markets and TEFL course options to provide the best information to our students & graduates.

Personally, I have also been able to learn a ton to enhance my skills in areas like writing, blogging, personal communications, and social media.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are too many to count, but certainly the most rewarding aspect of working at International TEFL Academy is seeing the people you work with realize their dreams of living, traveling, and teaching English abroad.

I love following my students' blogs, photos, articles and videos after they've gone overseas to teach English, especially for those for whom teaching English abroad is their first international travel experience.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would take my TEFL class online or in Chicago and then teach English somewhere in East Asia like Japan, South Korea or Vietnam, though it would be hard to pass up an opportunity to live and work in a tropical country like Nicaragua, or even a class European country like Italy.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The passion of our team for helping others realize their dreams of teaching English & traveling abroad. International experience is the number one requirement to work at ITA so each member of our team understands personally the challenges and rewards of living and working overseas.

We also do our best to provide the most comprehensive and realistic information possible about teaching English abroad - this is why have more than 600 blog articles, FAQs, alumni interviews & videos on our website.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Passion for what we do and providing the best possible experience to our students so that they can realize their dreams of living, traveling and teaching English around the globe.