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UNI-Prep Institute

About

UNI-Prep is a private training institute offering online TESOL Certificate and TESOL Diploma programs. In addition, to TESOL teacher training, UNI-Prep offers courses in business and management. We have had thousands of graduates who are currently teaching overseas in over 100 countries. All our programs are accredited and are offered both online and in-class around the world.

UNI-Prep students and graduates enjoy the following benefits:

1) Accredited and internationally recognized programs
2) Videos and tutor support
3) Job placement assistance and exclusive job search partners
4) Study at your own pace from anywhere around the world
5) Complete the course in as fast as 2 weeks

Jump start your teaching career with us and start the experience of a lifetime!

Founded
2005

Reviews

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Theresa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni-Prep

Future participants of this program should know the ease of navigating the individual sessions (Teaching Listening, Speaking, Grammar, etc.) and the ability to watch (video) and read the content on a device any where at any time. The quizzes were very useful and enabled the student time to think and adjust responses as needed. I highly recommend this course. The lesson here is "not" to be confused or troubled by a question that has "not" in it but to evaluate the question and the choices well. A lesson well-learned!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
For some weird reason, I was stuck on a question with "not." There were four choices and I think I read the question seven times before it finally dawned on me! I read the question as a "first glance," instead of really applying it to the principle. I stood up and walked away, returned then answered the question - correctly!
Lucas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Diploma Course

I am glad to choose this amazing course, there are so many great contents that I can now provide to my students!
I'm suprised and happy with everything that the course offerred me. I am now feeling even more capable to provide a good experience for my students and feeling prepared for the other preparations that I am planning to take during the year,
This was definitely an amazing experience for me and I can't wait to put in practice all of the great informations I've learned with each exercise completed.

What would you improve about this program?
Highlightning the important topics for the students.
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Michele
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni Prep is excellent

I enjoyed being able to learn at my own pace. The material was both informative and engaging. I loved the ease of watching the videos. Printing off and saving supporting materials was easy. The assessments were fair and not too long. I have taken many courses online and the ease of navigating the website and working from each unit was fluid and easy to use. I would recommend this program for anyone wanting their TESOL certification. I also appreciated that the course was not expensive, so that students of all backgrounds can afford to take it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would probably want more materials to use while teaching. Perhaps some recommendations of materials to use after completing the course to teach potential students.
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Maricel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TESOL Diploma Course

This is the first time that I have enrolled in TESOL Diploma Course. I was quite busy with school activity preparations while reading the review materials, watching the videos and answering the questions and yet I was able to make it because the materials were very user-friendly. I have learned a lot and I was able to review on some important points about teaching. I have high hopes that I will be able to land a teaching job abroad with the help of this TESOL Diploma Course, so much so that when I read the review about this particular TESOL Diploma Course provider, you will offer assistance for job seeking. Thank you very much.

What was your funniest moment?
I tried answering right away the questions without minding the video and the reading material, I ended up reading and listening first before I was able to answer the questions correctly. I was afraid to fail because I don't want to waste money.
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Christopher
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni-Prep 250-Hour Diploma Course Review

The content is easy to understand, but some readings can be very repetitive about some information and make them feel much longer than they actually are. For things that you don't understand, the tutors are helpful, but it did take a while to get a response the time I did talk to one. For some reason, Avast Antivirus chose to block the additional teaching tools reading every time I tried to open it and I had to log in on my phone to bypass that issue. Other than those things, this was a very useful program.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Setting a schedule to do the class work. Doing it when I had "free time" led to long periods of not touching the material.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Seyed Anoshirvan Madadi

Seyed Anoshirvan Madadi

Why did you choose this program?

Because I wanted to improve my chances of getting an English teaching job in China. I needed to get more qualified in order to be able to get jobs. This program was helpful because it offered me the chance to be able to get the certificate quickly as a PDF and also to ship the original certificate to me.

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

They had videos, reading materials and quizzes. I already have some years of experience of teaching in different environments so I just tried to add that information to my experience and it was successful. Since the quizzes are the same for everybody, you should see which parts of information you know from before and which parts you're just learning, and that's what determines how much you're going to do on your own and how much you're going to be using the offered materials.

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

I'd say that you can't know everything in advance, but if you're more knowledgeable and have more qualifications, it's always going to be in your own favor. Although even if you are completely qualified, you are always going to see new things at first, until you adapt completely to the new environment.

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

Study, memorize and apply the learned techniques in your lessons and/or in your ideas for future lessons. You have to compare what you're learning vs. what you did before and try to improve on everything. Every day, you should definitely be studying and doing your best; this is obviously very important.

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

Generally speaking, being afraid doesn't help anything, so you should always try to deal with issues as they come up. This hopefully helps you get ready to deal with the challenges you face. You can learn more and therefore replace fear with knowledge, which helps you deal with a lot more than just one issue.

Staff Interviews

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

What position do you hold at Uni-prep? What has been your career path so far?

I am the Operations Manager at UNI-Prep in charge of all our online courses and international operations. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science and worked for several years as an Analyst and Consultant before traveling to Dubai, UAE. In Dubai, one of the many projects I worked on was teaching English to students of various ages, including corporate clients and CEOs.

The culmination of my international work experience eventually led me to the world of online learning, along with TESOL teacher training. I really enjoy helping to develop new courses and finding new ways to make the online learning process more interactive and enjoyable!

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Yes, I taught in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for 3 years where I was involved in the education industry in a number of ways. I had the privilege of teaching English at their police academy and to members of the army, along with corporate clients and C-level executives.

My family has always put an importance on traveling, so after graduating from university and gaining some work experience, I found myself seeking something different and exciting. I received a job offer to work as a Consultant in Dubai and basically ‘lucked-into’ the world of English teachers and online learning. I haven’t left since!

What does the future hold for Uni-prep?

The best part of my job is developing new courses and improving the features of our online courses – and that’s the future of UNI-Prep. We already offer a number of courses aside from TESOL in the areas of business and management, and we will be developing more. Right now, UNI-Prep is forming partnerships with job boards to give our students and graduates premium access to job search tools.

We are also in the process of creating internships and teaching opportunities with our organization and partner schools around the world. When it comes to our courses, some of our future features will include a mobile app to study from your phone, classroom chats and discussion boards.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? How do you think education will change over the next 10 years?

English is likely to grow as the international language over the next 10 years, which will double the need for English language teachers around the world. In addition, we are seeing that online learning is becoming more popular and accepted as a cheaper and more flexible alternative to traditional classes.

With the combination of these, we not only expect an increase in the need for classroom teachers, but also virtual teachers. To give one example, English lessons through Skype is becoming a popular method of learning English, something already offered by UNI-Prep.

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

South America is the most underrated destination as the lower pay discourages a lot of teachers from otherwise going there. However, most individuals don’t realize the cost of living is so cheap that their salary can afford them a better experience with more spending money than a higher salary in other parts of the world.

I think parts of the Middle East can be overrated. The high pay attracts lots of candidates, but many of these countries have strict rules that may impact your ability to fully enjoy the experience. It’s very important to keep in mind the culture of the destination country when you are deciding where to work.