• Online
170 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Tuition includes lifetime job search guidance featuring:

✔️ Personal guidance from an experienced Job Search Advisor.

✔️ ESL Job Search Manual: All of our graduates receive a 400-page manual containing all relevant information for major job markets around the world.

✔️ESL worldwide school directory listing over 20,000 schools & online teaching companies worldwide.

✔️ Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, online teaching companies, and language schools.

✔️ Job interview assistance for International TEFL / TESOL course participants.

✔️ Engaged alumni community of 35,000+ ITA graduates in 80 countries worldwide.
What's Included (Extra)

✔️ University-level instructors
✔️ Award-winning accredited TEFL courses
✔️ Personalized pre-enrollment guidance
✔️ All courses include live practice teaching

Dec 01, 2022
Dec 30, 2022
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About Program

Interested in getting paid to travel the world? With International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL class, you’ll be qualified to both teach English in 80+ countries worldwide and also to teach English online.

If You Are...

- A native English speaker from the U.S. or Canada & at least 21 years old
- Looking for a way to make money while living abroad in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East
- Passionate about education and eager to earn your accredited TEFL certificate

Armed with your ITA TEFL certification & our lifetime job search guidance, you'll be able to find professional English teaching jobs online and in countries like Spain, Costa Rica, and South Korea.

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Why is International TEFL Academy the Right Choice?

  • One-on-One Pre-Enrollment Guidance: What TEFL class is best for me? What country is best for me? How much money do I need to bring with me? Your own personal ITA advisor will help you navigate these questions about TEFL certification, teaching abroad, and many more! Your advisor will educate you on how to find English teaching jobs in 80+ countries around the world before enrolling in your class. Your advisor will help you decide if teaching English abroad is a good fit for you!
  • Professional Level TEFL Certification Courses: We offer accredited TEFL certification courses online (11 weeks online) and in-person (4 weeks) in 25 locations worldwide that exceed international professional standards of instructor qualifications, class, and student teaching hours.
  • We Have Been in YOUR shoes: Everyone on the ITA staff has extensive experience international experience. Travel is in our blood. It’s our passion to help people realize how realistic this dream of living & working abroad can be. We all appreciate the challenges & rewards of living, traveling, and working abroad from first-hand experience.
  • One-on-One Job Search Guidance: How do I find a job? How do I make friends? What paperwork do I need for my visa? Once enrolled in any ITA TEFL class, you’ll work with our team of expert job search advisors to help you out with these three questions and many, many more. Enjoy access to the most comprehensive job resources & guidance on the planet to help you navigate international job markets around the world.
  • Access to ITA Worldwide Alumni Network: Exclusive opportunities to network, connect, and correspond with our 15,000 ITA alumni teaching English across the globe. This is a great way to meet friends before you head out & get your questions answered by current ITA alumni on the ground abroad.

How Do I Get Started?

Contact International TEFL Academy for your starter brochure or call us directly at 773-634-9900 & start working with your personal Admission Advisors. Your advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your all of your questions, go over your options & set up your game plan to see the world. Your advisor will be happy to speak with you as many times as you need to go over job markets, hiring requirements, TEFL course options & much more.

Your journey begins now so let’s get in touch & let’s get started!

Program Reviews

4.74 Rating
based on 140 reviews
  • 5 rating 81.43%
  • 4 rating 13.57%
  • 3 rating 3.57%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 1.43%
  • Instruction 4.8
  • Support 4.85
  • Value 4.4
  • Academic Rigor 4.1
  • Job Assistance 4.5
  • Content 4.75
  • Engagement 4.75
  • Support 4.6
  • Platform 4.7
  • Value 4.65
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Yes, I recommend this program

Among the Best TEFL Programs

During my research of choosing which TEFL program that would be the best for me to attend, International TEFL Academy (ITA) was one of the schools that I knew had an established and successful reputation. I have so much to say in few words.

I'm grateful that I had chosen ITA because for starters, the recruiters and admissions , they do not try to pressure you. They make themselves available and answered all of my questions. My instructor was very knowledgeable, motivating, and has a passion for their job. The instructor was always available to guide me through success of the course. The materials, books, and tools that were provided were informative, up-to-date, and stimulating. The school also offers optional assistance with finding a Practicum and with job assistance and preparation after completion of the program.

With ITA, you know who's rooting for you in your corner... steps closer to your dreams. Thank you ITA.

  • The school has one of the best ITA programs.
  • The instructors are phenomenal and legitimate.
  • They genuinely want to see you succeed.
  • It isn't cheap. Yet, none of the best schools are. In the end it's worth investing into your future.
42 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Nashwah,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience taking ITA's TEFL course - we really appreciate it. Please get in touch with any questions or concerns and to get any needed assistance you need with your job search or other matters. Our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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No, I don't recommend this program

Safety Concerns

I attended the in person class in Barcelona and was very uncomfortable nearly the entire time. One of the other students in my class was a registered sex offender that had committed crimes against children and this person was my partner in the class. TEFL organizes student teaching at a language school for children, yet they don't require any sort of background check to ensure they aren't aiding a sex offender to work with children. When brought to the schools attention, they merely said that it is the future employer who is responsible to do background checks not TEFL's responsibility. The entire experience was draining and uncomfortable. They wouldn't even take our groups picture at the end because they didn't want the sex offender featured on their website. I would not reccomend it.

  • None
  • Uncomfortable experience
  • No background checks
  • Allows sex offenders
35 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi K Baker,

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We’re truly sorry that you were put in this position and had to deal with this unfortunate situation. Since this situation occurred 4 years ago, we have taken whatever steps we can to ensure that no children are placed in any practicum classes taught by somebody with such a background. The Barcelona course no longer has young learners in their practicum classes. Also, we want to assure you that the person in question did not receive a certification from ITA.

ITA offers TEFL courses in countries worldwide, and laws can vary regarding the information we can obtain about our students. The student in this case was enrolled through the TEFL course in Barcelona. The TEFL school in Barcelona does not have the ability to require background checks as part of the European Union's GDPR privacy protection.

The TEFL school in Barcelona contracts with a language school to provide free English language classes where TEFL students can complete their practice teaching. When teacher training organizations - like TEFL schools - partner with primary and secondary schools to organize practice teaching, the primary/secondary schools set the requirements of screening for any participants in student teaching. Student teaching is always supervised by a trainer. As much as ITA or any other organizations wish to screen the students, each organization is bound by the laws of the country they operate in.

Note: To clarify, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU law, which governs data protection and privacy in European Union (EU) nations, which includes Spain.

It should be pointed out that as a training school, we do not hire our students, and in most cases, it is the legal responsibility of schools that actually employ teachers to run background checks as required by law in that country.

We take these situations very seriously, and if we receive any information regarding a teacher or student that is such an offender, we do not work with them to obtain employment or allow them to receive our certification. We always work to improve our courses and the experience of our students and we will do everything we can to ensure such a situation does not occur in the future.

Again, we’re sorry you had to deal with this situation. Please get in touch if you have further questions or want more information.

Regards – The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

International Tefl Academy

I would highly recommend International Tefl Academy because of the quality of their program. Their program surpassed my expectations and really prepares you for real life situations.
I also found the staff very approachable and their communication skills excellent. The response rate at getting back to you asap was reassuring and so helpful.
In addition, the staff gave ongoing support and help after you have qualified. I found this invaluable knowing I had their support and guidance after I qualified while trying to secure experience. This is what helped me get experience and subsequent employment during and after the pandemic.
They are truly a great place to start your Tefl journey.

  • Quality program and teaching
  • Great communication
  • Support after you become qualified
44 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Bernie,

We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review. Your positive experience can help others take the initiative to begin your own personal journey of getting TEFL certified and teaching English abroad or online. Please do not hesitate to reach out for job search guidance or if you have any questions. Our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

Changed my life forever!

I searched many programs and this program seemed to be the most legit. I was totally happy with the program's experience. The material was easy to understand without it being too simplified. I was able to learn things at a decent paste and I felt I was getting my money's worth. It felt like a college course and I was able to receive grades and feedback from the instructors of ITA. It's great for those who know nothing about teaching and for those who may need a refresher. Although, the actual real experience will teach things as well, this program helped me add more to the classrooms that I have taught.

44 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Pasqual,

Thanks for sharing your experience and your experience - our team truly appreciates it. We also love the photo! Please remember to get in touch at any time to access job search guidance resources and assistance. Our team is committed to your success!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

ITA's online course

I'm delighted I took the online course and highly recommend it to anyone that is interested. It qualified me to teach abroad, which effectively changed my life. The people I met and my experiences abroad reshaped the world in my view. Even though I'm considered 'mature', my recommendation is for all ages. The world is a fascinating place with many things to experience. ITA's online, or in-person course will open up the possibility of working as you travel the globe. Whether you decide to live in one country abroad or more, you will be forever changed.

  • Meeting people from all over the world
  • 'Tasting' the culture and cuisine personally
  • Traveling
  • Ageism in hiring
  • My foreign language skills were lacking
  • n/a
43 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Jean,

Thanks for taking the time to share your positive experience taking ITA's Online TEFL Course. We love to hear from more "mature" students like yourself because folks who are a bit more advanced in life often think that teaching English abroad is not for them, even though that is not the case! We're glad to hear that taking the course positively impacted your life and helped you enjoy a life-changing experience teaching English abroad. Even though you completed your TEFL course in 2019, please remember that you can always get in touch for job search guidance if and when you decide to pursue new opportunities. Our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I randomly discovered International TEFL back in 2015. I was in my second year at UIC and was walking around the Lakeview neighborhood and stumbled upon it. I walked in and got a brochure. I want to say that the people working there were helpful and nice. Many had experiences teaching abroad. It really inspired me. The idea to teach abroad stuck with me for the next few years while getting my degree. When I graduated in 2018, I knew I wanted to finally move abroad. But I didn't know where or how. That's when I reached out to Intl TEFL again and was set up with an advisor. She was helpful and informative. She helped me pick a country that suits me best. In January 2019, I signed up to take the class. By that November, I was living and teaching in South Korea! I was very nervous but felt prepared thanks to the class. I also had a salary advantage with a TEFL certificate. I am still in South Korea and have had the best experiences of my life here. As a history major, I am happy I get to visit many historical sites in my free time. I love to travel around the country. I hope soon, because covid restrictions are mostly over, that I can travel around Asia. I am very grateful for my experience with this company.

  • Lesson planning
  • Guidance
  • Advisors
  • Cost is a little high
  • For one assignment, I submitted a paper but it didn't actually get submitted. I didn't notice until it was too late and I wasn't allowed to submit it. So be careful about that!
44 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We love to hear stories about students who come across our headquarters in Chicago and end up going abroad to have to the experience of their lives! We're also so glad to see that you've been having a great experience in South Korea, which is a truly fantastic country with so much to offer, including great opportunities for teaching English abroad.

Please remember that any time you want to pursue new opportunities in South Korea or elsewhere, you can call on our staff and resources - our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

Well Prepared

I was very happy with the instruction I received. Moreover, It had been a long time since I attended school and a lot had changed. My instructor was a wealth of assistance and information and she was so patient and understanding. I was employed immediately after finishing my course and have worked steadily for almost a year and a half now. I use all of the skills I learned on a daily basis. The course was not easy but I enjoyed it and I am pleased with the experience. I can recommend this program with confidence.

  • Comprehensive course
  • Flexibility of study time
  • Feedback from instructor
  • A bit expensive
  • A bit difficult
  • Not a lot of opportunity for older folks like me
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


As an ITA graduate with a 120 hours TEFL certificate, I profoundly and wholeheartedly recommend this course of study to anyone who’s looking for flexible and rewarding employment. My decision for completing the TEFL certificate was based on the two forementioned reasons. I was able to teach as soon as I graduated. I thought from home and also freely traveled as well, while maintaining my teaching schedule, with my students. It’s been a gratifying experience and one that I fully recommend for anyone who wants stability, flexibility and financial rewards.

  • Flexible study time
  • Excellent student support
  • Great student teacher communication
41 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

The answer is it depends entirely on which country you choose to teach in. I made a lot of money in China but it is not an easy place to live.

Well first you need to get a work visa and your family can come as Accompanying family members