International TEFL Academy TEFL Courses & Job Search Guidance
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International TEFL Academy TEFL Courses & Job Search Guidance

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

Are You...

- A native English speaker from the U.S. or Canada over the age of 21?
- 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?

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

A job teaching English abroad is a fantastic way to gain professional work experience, learn a new language, make new friends, and ultimately one of the best ways to make money while traveling and living abroad.

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!

United States of America
Teaching Practicum
Training Type
Training Length
120 hours
Job Placement
Host Family
Starting Price

Questions & Answers

Some schools offer to pay for accommodation
I'm not sure about this one, bringing kids. I didn't. I didn't meet any (TEFL) teachers in Costa Rica that had children.
It really depends on the location of where you want to go and the qualifications they are looking for. You already have qualifications in your field, so if you want to continue teaching math and science, then you shouldn't need a TEFL. People generally forget that a TEFL means "Teaching English as a Foreign Language." If you can prove otherwise that you are proficient in English, then you won't...
Hey! Here is an article about teaching English abroad without a degree. There are many countries that you can teach with just your TEFL certification.

Program Reviews

based on 37 reviews
  • Instruction 8.8
  • Support 9.4
  • Value 7.4
  • Difficulty 8
  • Job Assistance 8.5
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Wonderful and Personal Attention

ITA has made it their personal goal to provide a personalized experience for anyone interested in teaching abroad. From the beginning, I have been in constant contact via e-mail or phone with advisors and instructors. Any question I had was answered before I could even ask.

I was enrolled in the online course. This was recommended by my advisor, as it fit within my timeline and fit around my college work schedule. I was hesitant, but I was given a guest access to view the course before making a final decision. This was the selling point for me.

I did not have a grammar book when I began the course; I thought I could begin the course and get one later. I had to quickly correct that, as the course demands access to a book. I would recommend purchasing a grammar book before taking the online course.

The job search assistance has been incredible, especially when you are working on a tight schedule. Thanks to ITA, I was put in contact with recruiters before I even completed my course. It has definitely made the experience less stressful.

I was torn about where I wanted to go for teach abroad (This is perhaps the best part of choosing ITA). My advisor provided personal photos of his experience and spent almost an hour on the phone guiding me through resources to help pick a location. This experience alone would make me suggest ITA to anyone. The personal attention is truly unique.

The experience ITA has provided is something that I will carry with me into my career. I have been given the tools and resources I need in order to be successful working in a foreign country. The constant contact through Facebook has made sharing experiences easy and exciting. Using the alumni page has helped me in connecting personally with other ITA alumni in my area or in an area I want to travel to.

How can this program be improved?

The only thing I would change about this program is the layout of the online course. Although the video tutorials helped, it was a bit confusing to navigate for a first time online student. Once I figured out the basic layout, however, I had no more issues. I feel like the layout could be made more user friendly and less busy.

Yes, I recommend
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First step to the rest of your life!

For several years I had been watching with envy as many of my friends were moving or traveling to other parts of the world. Photos posted on Facebook showed famous monuments, delicious meals, and breathtaking views of places I had never been to. I knew I wanted to travel and see the world but the opportunity never seemed to present itself. Finally, I decided I was going to stop waiting as life passed me by and make the opportunity for myself.

I was intrigued by stories of some of my fellow teacher-friends about teaching English overseas so I started to do some research. When I found International TEFL Academy, I requested further information about the course. Almost immediately, I received an e-mail from Matthew Birgy and, after one discussion on the phone, I was hooked. This was the opportunity I had been hoping for.

I enrolled in the online TEFL course starting that summer. The instructor, Jennifer, was a great resource. She provided quick and helpful feedback and was always available to answer any questions or concerns we had. I had a chance to talk to other students in the course and realized that we came from all different walks of life. Some of us were experienced teachers, others had never set foot in the classroom as an educator; some had traveled the world while others were just starting to plan their first trip. We all supported each other, asking and answering questions and concerns as best as we could. The online course - while I had my doubts at first as to the ability to connect to the instructor and other students - was an incredible resource.

I am currently in the process of moving to South Korea to teach English at a public middle school. This opportunity would never have come about if I had not taken the step to request more information from International TEFL Academy. The amount of support I have received since that first e-mail has been consistent and nothing but positive. I'm glad I took the time to send that first e-mail... it truly was the first step to the rest of my life.

How can this program be improved?

Overall, I think this program is a wonderful experience and resource. Personally, I think I may have benefited from having personal contact with the instructor and/or other students... but, in the end, the online course far surpassed my expectations and hopes!

The one issue I had throughout the course was the inability to upload my assignments using an Apple product (I have an iPad). For some reason, it would not work with the device I used so I had to log on to a PC to upload assignments. Discussion topics worked fine though!

Yes, I recommend
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Best Decision I've Made

I took my online TEFL course through International TEFL Academy while working full time. I read and studied on week nights and usually did most of my work and projects on the weekends. It required some time management, but was definitely do-able. The grammar review was helpful, along with the interesting articles and content on teaching theory. The practice lesson plans were also very helpful. After completing the course, saving some money, and tying up loose ends at home, I quit my job and moved to Costa Rica to teach. Nothing really prepares you for what it is like, but getting TEFL certified helped me start off on a better foot with great resources and a network of great people to seek info and advice from. I wouldn't do it any other way. I have been teaching English in Costa Rica for 5 months now, and I plan to stay through next year.

How can this program be improved?

I wish the program had more live lectures that could be attended via web.

Yes, I recommend
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International TEFL academy online program

I found the ITA online class to be exactly what I needed. The teacher was extremely informative,prompt, supportive, and helpful. Any time I emailed her with a question or thought, she would respond with an accurate, detailed reply, usually no more than a few hours later. In the event she would be unavailable she let the class know a head of time. Extremely professional and well put together program.

To find a ESL job abroad it is essential to have a TEFL/ESL certificate. Any job that does not require one, I would be very leery of.

ITA taught me grammar. Not only grammar, but how to turn around and teach that to someone else. They taught me how to form and put together an effective lesson plan and structure. They teach you what are and are not good teaching practices. How to apply the good ones, and how to avoid the bad ones.

How can this program be improved?

I think the program over all is fantastic. The only improvement I would suggest is the job guidance after the fact. I have not had much success in using that function of ITA, and know a few other alumni who feel the same.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for the review on our online class, we are happy you liked it and found it provided you great training to be a ESL teacher abroad.

You did comment on the ITA job search. You have found jobs so far in 4 different countries and have had extensive communication with our job search department and even personally met up with myself (the company president of ITA) while in Spain. We also were very direct for you to not to go to Spain in the summer when schools are closed for vacation. Obviously there is a disconnect if you are working around the world and have our resources and speak with our department. For your comment of others feeling the same, we have a very detailed process for assistance and are in communication with any student who needs additional guidance. If our graduates follow the process they all find success finding work but they need to follow the job process that country requires.

We hope to assist you in the future.

Bruce Jones, President of International TEFL Academy

Yes, I recommend
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Fantastic, trusted program to teach abroad

My review is based on my experience signing up through the Chicago office and then doing the program in Barcelona.

I strongly recommend the TEFL training. I had an amazing experience - the course is demanding and challenging which ensures that you are well-prepared to begin teaching as soon as you complete the program.

The trainers, Stephen and Kerry, are absolutely experts in their delivery of the material, but more importantly, in the way that in just 4 weeks they are able to mold you into the teacher you hoped you would be. I greatly respect Stephen and Kerry, they are highly qualified for their positions and will give you the best training possible.

I really like that the program is smaller than the big TEFL companies because the trainers are able to provide a more personalized approach and take the time to meet one on one with the students and address all types of concerns - professional ones and personal ones too.

Practice teaching was a great experience as there are small group classes that you get to teach while Stephen or Kerry observes and steps in if necessary. Leading up to the class, Stephen and Kerry take you through every step of the planning to make the class as successful as possible. You are then provided with immediate feedback following the class and it is always constructive and useful, giving you a goal for the next time you teach.

I taught in the U.S. for more than 10 years and definitely came into the experience thinking that I could just breeze through it - that wasn't the case. I say that so that potential students are aware that you have to work really hard, but if you're willing to do so and want to learn from the best, then this program is definitely the place for you.

And as an added bonus you have the awesome location of being two blocks from Sagrada Familia.

Yes, I recommend
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Online TEFL Certification through ITEFL Academy

I took the Online Course from the International TEFL Academy. I researched numerous programs and found that the ITEFL Academy was the most affordable, organized and accredited. The course was exactly what I expected; challenging at times and covered a broad span of topics. If your heart is truly not committed to teaching English, then the course would have been extremely difficult and time consuming for you. Otherwise, if you are a student eager to go abroad, everything flowed smoothly. The staff was and has been extremely helpful. I have graduated months ago and am still in contact with my adviser, emailing her laundry lists of questions and scheduling phone appointments as well. They are extremely helpful post-graduation which is just as important for them guiding you through the course.

Yes, I recommend
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Got my money's worth

My experience with ITA was mostly very positive. After much research on other programs and several Q&As with my helpful and knowledgeable admissions advisor, I enrolled in the online course in early 2011. I feel that I got my money's worth.

The curriculum left a bit to be desired. I found several typos and thought most of the assignments could be more challenging; but overall, I would recommend the program. The staff seemed very willing to review and update the curriculum.

The employment resources that they provided also needed to be updated. After receiving my certificate, I used their directory of international schools to search for employment in S. America. I sent resumes to one country and nearly all the email addresses listed were incorrect, as they bounced back to me. Perhaps the listings have been updated since then, though... Ask!

I also greatly appreciated the instructor's willingness to hold online office hours for any questions on a regular basis, as well as the requirement to review peers' homework submissions. It was very interesting and valuable to see how others interpreted the assignments and to learn from their ideas.

I really appreciated the practicum, as it was lengthier than other TEFL/TESOL programs that I researched. I feel that I got a lot of experiential education that enhanced what I learned online. I also simply enjoyed teaching and observing the students!

Response from International TEFL Academy

In regard to a few issued this student mentioned, typos, challenging assignments and job resources
Typos: Our curriculum was originally written in England therefore the words that are perceived as typos are actually correct in England (but seems wrong to an American). We explained to our students that half the world uses textbooks published in England and it’s something all teachers need to understand and use depending on the school they are teaching. We have changed to spelling and examples to American dialect now but are sure the British will think these are spelling mistakes now! As an English teacher, you will find it's all about perspective.

Challenging assignments:
The class is meant to teach and facilitate new students to become English teachers. University classes may be more or less of a challenge to each student, the purpose is to offer a great training class with materials, instructors and resources to learn in the most effective way. There are many assignments and projects due each week which you get out of what you put in. Some people have more of an educational background so some assignments are not as challenging but most students find it is a lot of work and not anything to underestimate.

If you’ve become a well-trained English teacher from the course then we are proud of doing a great job.

Listings of school contacts:
Unfortunately email addresses of employees change every year or two for all jobs and it’s not realistic to update tens of thousands of jobs every year so we’ve changed to listing the website address to directly get the company email address and phone so it is up to date. With all things, going to the source is the way to go. We are always striving to improve the process of providing more resources on the over 100,000 jobs available each year.

We have detailed guides on over 80 countries worldwide that are being updated every week by our enthusiastic interns! All students receive hundreds of pages of job search guidance documents along with a team of live staff to answer their questions on the phone or in person.

We appreciate all student's feedback and our goal is to offer the most comprehensive job search guidance resources in the world to our graduates.

Yes, I recommend

About 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...