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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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Ruslan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

250-hour TESOL Diploma Course

I loved this course! I just want to do it again! It is so much useful and practical! It covers the whole range of every single aspect of teaching English, whether it is teaching English to adults, business students, exam classes, online Learners or Young Learners. I highly recommend this course, as this is an Advanced Diploma Course and it requires you to be consistent in your studies. All units have quizzes or quiz exams, and you are supposed to complete them. You have two attempts to do that, which is great! The course is wonderful and the staff is friendly too, they help you with anything once you've contacted them! I highly recommend this course and Uni-Prep Institute courses!

Pros
  • Material easy to follow and read
  • Professional videos with American accent
  • Motivating and engaging
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Ruslan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

250-hour TESOL Diploma Course

I love the course. I studied at my own pace. It has been just what I wanted. Although I did CELTA a few years ago, I found this course incredibly practical and highly motivating. I loved it! My advice - go for it! You won't regret it. The course covers all possible scenarios in an English teaching environment. It is built in such a way that you just can't but enjoy it. I also found the quizzes quite triggering and motivating. The time limit is long, but you can complete then quickly. I highly recommend this course. I want to thank the creators of the course, namely, Uni-Prep Institute; thank you for making it possible!

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  • Easy to study
  • Practical content
  • Professionally made videos and readings
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Osadebamen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni-Prep TEFL Diploma Review

Uni-Prep’s 250-hour Diploma course is value for money. I was particularly pleased with the addition of PDF notes to support the youtube videos on each unit. The idea of only allowing two attempts for the quizzes ensures that one doesn’t merely engage in guesswork but instead endeavours to understand the study material. The self-paced option of the course is also very encouraging. The inclusion of Additional activities and a job search guide is a welcome idea. I would gladly recommend this course to aspiring ESL teachers.

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Keren
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni-Prep experience, go and try!

I had a great experience with this Institute, really valuable content, relevant material, resources, practical ideas and updated teaching methods.
At the begining i wasnt that really motivated but as i started getting deepper in the content and different lessons it started getting more and more interesting. It includes methods for different ages which is really good if you have not decide yet what your preferences are.
I think my favourite thing was that it was comfortable to navigate in, an easy and manageable system.

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Connie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Uni-Prep

I found this program very easy to navigate. The self-pacing aspect was helpful because of my limited time so it took the pressure off of me to need to complete units by a certain date, I have worked as an ESL teacher in public schools in the U.S. for many years and found the curriculum to be quite comprehensive and yet, very much to the point. This certification is very affordable and, I believe, well worth the time. I think that this might be a little difficult for people who have no background knowledge on teaching English as a foreign language so may need to be supplemented for a total novice.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The quizzes can be a little nerve-racking but they give you plenty of time and you can print out the reading so you can scan for the information.

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Alumni Interviews

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

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.