TEFL Courses in India

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As the largest country in South Asia, India’s TEFL market is not nearly as developed as in East or Southeast Asia. This makes it a great place for new teachers, looking to train in the region, but turned off by the growing, strong competition in the ESL field. With great diversity in culture, history, and cuisine, you will never find boredom while living or traveling in India.

From the large cities of Mumbai and New Delhi to the Himalayan Mountains or the Thar Desert, India is an immense country of assorted climates, terrains, and people. Overall, it is the perfect destination for the ESL teacher who is looking to go beyond the classroom to explore and learn about his or her students and the lives that they live.

Not many teachers think of India when considering a TEFL course abroad. Often, teachers who plan to work in India will receive a TEFL certificate in their home country; but, now there are several options for the teacher that is looking to do a bit of travel and exploration before settling in one location for work.

4 Week Courses:

This 120-hour course, spread over 4 weeks, is the standard for TEFL courses everywhere. You will learn how to manage a classroom from professionals who can share their real-life experiences as ESL teachers. In addition, your fellow students will come from all over the world; you will learn from their teaching styles and life experiences, all while soaking in the culture and daily lives of those living in India. Applicants will need to know no other language than English, though be prepared for a rigorous 4 weeks of gaining the necessary skills to teach a rowdy and large classroom of ESL learners!

TEFL + Internship:

Following a standard 120-hour course, participants will be placed in a teaching internship, or rather a short-term teaching position at a local school. These are paid positions, but often give the teacher some time and space to feel comfortable in a classroom. You may teach at a public school, language school, or in a corporate office. With this, your TEFL provider’s office will offer strong support if you are having issues at work, or need help finding accommodation. This is a great way to get off your feet as a new teacher, as well as travel locally while you teach abroad.

When and Where to Look:

Unsurprisingly the most popular location for TEFL course in India is the city of Calcutta (Kolkata), the former capital of British India. Known for its intellectual and cultural history, Calcutta is a great city to explore and get a feel for this significant city. In addition, most TEFL courses offer classes year-round (or about 5 to 6 per year). Make sure that you leave time in between your TEFL course and desired work start date.


TEFL students in India must be over 18 years of age and be a native speaker (or speak English fluently). In addition, if you plan to stay in India post-course, you will need to obtain a work visa. Your school or employer will sponsor your visa, but you will be required to have a valid passport, for up to six months, and two passport photos.

Post-TEFL Resources:

Upon completion of an academically challenging course, it will be time to start the job search! If you are in a program that offers job support or internship placement, you will need to choose whether you want to teach at a K-12 school, language school, or in a corporate office. This will largely depend on your career goals and preferences.

If you plan to do the job search solo, you have the same options as listed above. In addition, you could teach at an international school or volunteer. International schools are looking for experienced educators, with at least 2 years or more in the education field. Often they need teachers to instruct narrow subjects, such as math, science, or the arts and music. As a volunteer teacher, you will not get paid, but this is a great option if you are looking for a short-term teaching stint, or wish to give back!

Cost of Living:

English teachers living in India will be able to live comfortably on their job salaries. However, the cost of living will greatly vary depending on your location. India is a large country, with major metropolitan cities like Mumbai, and smaller communities in the Himalayas or Southern India. Thus, the average cost of living ranges from $450 to $1100 USD per month. Similarly, a teacher’s salary will range from as low as about $140 to $900 USD per month. Nevertheless, an ESL teacher in India will find that food and rent are affordable; if you are looking to save money, decide on a location that isn’t an international city such as Mumbai, where costs are high.

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International TEFL Academy
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Asian College of Teachers
Asian College Of Teachers brings Internationally recognized and accredited premium 120 hours TEFL/TESOL - 3 weeks Classroom c...
Oxford TEFL
Oxford TEFL Kerala is located in a large newly developed business park landscaped with tropical trees and flowers,in South An...
As a WorldTeach India Summer Volunteer, you will serve in semi-urban Ladakh by providing students and teachers with English l...
South Africa
WorldTeach Summer programs are perfect for immersing one’s self in teaching and learning in international contexts between sc...
TEFL Services International
TEFL International offers a 4-week TESOL course in the heart of Kolkata, India. Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is a majo...
APTTI providing best TEFL/ TESOL certification courses to teach abroad having years of experience. We offer both online and i...
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The TEFL Academy
We only offer one course because we want all our students to have the best access to global TEFL opportunities. Our course le...
Intesol India
Intesol India offer best TEFL Course in India to Teach & Travel the World with our online and in-class certificate courses.
ESL Starter
Teach English, learn Hindi and gain a 120 hour TEFL qualification with leaving dates from June to October. Teach five 45 minu...
Cochin International Language Academy
Study for the only Trinity College, London, UK validated Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages[Cert...
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ILSC New Dehli
At ILSC New Delhi, we offer the following teacher training programs in association with Greystone College: - Teacher Training...
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Global Crossroad
Global Crossroad's TEFL program in India includes 100 hours of online coursework / TEFL training in your home country and 2 t...