Thailand TEFL Program

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The hardest part about visiting Thailand is leaving. If you end up staying for good, we’ll totally understand.

From the limestone rock formations of Krabi and the white-sand beaches of Phuket in Southern Thailand, to the adventure-rich city of Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, and Bangkok’s seemingly endless sprawl of pubs, shopping and international cuisine, there’s a landscape to cater to every style. Whether you’re interested in riding a boat through a seven-kilometer cave, trekking to a hill tribe, photographing a floating market, relaxing on a white-sand beach or swimming in the azure ocean water, you can, and our TEFL courses in Thailand can help you get there.


tefl course in thailand

Quick and simple certification

Learn everything you need to know to start teaching English abroad in just three weeks. Even if you have zero experience.

Receive super personalized attention with a limited number of trainees per class.

Be taught by friendly and experienced trainers who will support you all the way through your teaching career.

Teach actual students during your required student teaching to ensure you are well prepared for your first classes as a TEFL teacher in Thailand.

The world is your classroom

Gain international recognition when you earn our TEFL certification in Thailand. Certification is accepted everywhere from Thailand and China, to Guatemala, Italy and beyond!

Start teaching immediately after graduation in a school in Thailand.

Get all the help you need to get your visa and work permit so you can work legally and for as long as you want.

tefl course in thailand

tefl course in thailand

Explore like a tourist & live like a local

Be based in a cultural hotspot of Thailand where the rest of Southeast Asia is at your doorstep.

Dive into your new country with included weekend excursions and cultural immersion activities.


This program includes:

  • 140-hour TEFL certification training in just three weeks including 15 hours of teaching practice and 5 hours of English camp
  • Personalized pre-departure and post arrival support
  • Resort accommodation with a pool, wifi and breakfast for the entire three weeks
  • Unforgettable cultural immersion activities
  • Incredible weekend excursions
  • Highly qualified, experienced instructors
  • Limited class sizes
  • Airport pickup
  • Visa, work permit and housing guidance when you graduate
  • All course books & materials
  • On the ground support staff 24/7
  • A Thai language course
  • An internationally recognized certificate approved and verified by Thailand Ministry of Education
  • Job placement in Thailand with full-time salary
  • An experience that changes lives and lasts forever

Eligibility:

Must be at least 18 years old, a fluent English speaker, and excited (maybe even a little nervous) to teach English in Thailand.

Tuition:

We’ve partnered with our friends at Entrust TEFL to offer the highest quality TEFL course in Thailand. You get all of the inclusions for only $2,249 USD*

OR
6 monthly payments of $384 USD**!

*We will match any discounts offered by Entrust TEFL.

**Tuition must be paid in full prior to starting the Thailand TEFL course

***Don’t want all the extras? Get the basic course for just $1,250 USD

BUT THERE’S MORE!

When you register through globalU, you get the following bonuses:

  • Personal pre-departure support from someone who’s stood in your shoes
  • A list of 72 schools (and counting) who want to hire you to teach English online for extra moolah no matter where you go
  • A packing list tailored to your specific teach abroad program
  • Waived application fee for our China programs (making them totally free)
  • Access to two alumni communities (globalU and Entrust) who are teaching all over the world to reach out to for tips and advice abroad
  • Weekly updates on TEFL jobs around the world
  • Check out our reviews to how we’ve helped others live their dreams

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Let it also be known that before this experience, I have never been to another country… so, needless to say, this was quite a big leap for me! I have only been in this country for 44 days and already feel like it’s changed who I am as a person.

~Lauren Miller (USA)


Ready to dive in? Choose a start date and apply today.

Course location:

Chiang Mai, a northern jewel

The course is located in northern Thailand, in a city called Chiang Mai (pronounced: “chaeng my”) where the temps are cooler (relatively speaking) and the holidays are celebrated to the max. It’s an urban oasis, providing all the metropolitan charm of Bangkok but without the hassle, and with a picturesque landscape set amidst the lush mountains, where temples dot the city and a mote surrounds Old Town — there’s nothing you won’t love!

Course dates:

Courses begin on the first Monday of every month.

2019

  • May 6 – 24
  • June 3 – 21
  • July 1 – 19
  • August 5 – 23
  • September 2 – 20
  • October 7 – 25
  • November 4 – 22
  • December 2 – 20

2020

  • January 6 – 24
  • February 3 – 21
  • March 2 -20
  • April 6 – 24
  • May 4 – 22
  • June 1 – 19

Frequently Asked Questions


What will my schedule be like during the TEFL course in Thailand?
Expect a busy schedule Monday – Friday, with class sessions from 10:00am – 5:00pm most days, and 2-3 hours of homework in the evenings. However, your weekends are free to explore via the included excursions or on your own.

Do I need to speak Thai to teach English in Thailand? 
Nope! The schools want this to be an English immersion experience for the students, so no Thai spoken in the classroom. However you will get a Thai language course as part of the Premium TEFL Program if you want to learn some basics.

Can I still participate in the TEFL Thailand Program if I don’t have any teaching experience?
No worries! The TEFL certification course will prepare you for everything you need to know to successfully teach English as a foreign language, and it will answer any questions you might have about Thai culture and what to expect in the classroom.

Can I still participate in the TEFL Thailand Program if I’ve never traveled abroad? 
No problem. This program is perfect for the first-time traveling teacher.

How long are the teaching contracts after completing the TEFL course in Thailand? 
It depends on when you start and where you’re placed. After successful completion of the TEFL course, our partners will work to place you in a school, and your contract terms will ultimately be between you and the school. Most teachers are simply asked to complete the term they start in, so if you start mid-term your commitment could be as little as 2-3 months or as much as 5 months (a full semester). A few schools will ask for a one-year commitment. Just let the team know what you’re open to and keep in mind that 95% of our teachers decide to re-sign contracts and stay longer than they initially planned.

When does the academic year begin in Thailand?
The first semester begins in May and ends in September. The second starts in November and ends in March. However, we can place teachers year-round.

What if I decide to extend my contract and teach longer in Thailand?
Assuming you’ve successfully fulfilled your first contract, most schools will be more than happy to have you stay longer!

Do you help with the visa process during the TEFL Thailand Program?
Yes! We’ll guide you through the appropriate visa process and provide you with the correct documentation to receive your visa.

Can I still apply for the TEFL Thailand Program if I’m not a native speaker?
That’s okay, as long as you speak, read and write English fluently! You may still participate in our TEFL courses with job placement, though you’ll need to participate in an interview to determine your fluency.

Will I be able to get a job after the TEFL course in Thailand if I don’t have a degree? 
That’s okay too, but you’ll likely start at a lower salary than degree holders (usually 25,000 Thai baht per month) and be responsible for sponsoring your own work permit.

While teaching in Thailand, will I be the only foreign teacher at my school?

Probably not. Almost all of our placements have at least one other foreign teacher on staff, and some have up to 12. However, even if there aren’t many foreign coworkers at your school, it’s almost guaranteed there will be others at a nearby school or somewhere in the town.

Can I apply to TEFL Thailand with my friend/spouse/significant other?
Yes! We frequently place friends and couples together. We do our best to get you in the same city if not the same school. Applicants will have to submit their applications together, and each applicant should be sure to notify us of their intention to be placed together.

Is housing included as part of the TEFL Thailand Program? 
Accommodation is included for the duration of the three-week premium course, assuming you’re on the premium package, but after that it’s your responsibility. Housing in Thailand is very affordable. Accommodation will typically be Thai-style studio apartments with private bathrooms. Units usually include an A/C unit or fan, hot water, a double-sized bed and closet. Extra amenities like refrigerators or TVs can typically be rented from the landlord. Rental rates vary across the country, but anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 THB per month can afford you a decent place to live.

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport when I arrive for the TEFL course in Thailand?
Yes. After you book your flight, just send us the arrival details and we’ll arrange pickup.

Are flights included and booked for me as part of the TEFL Thailand Program?
No, flights are not included in the tuition, and you are responsible for arranging your own travel.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice after completing the TEFL training course?
You may submit your regional preference (ie north, south, etc.) for a teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request. We work with schools all over the country, and it depends on which schools have a need for teachers at the time of your course graduation.

How big are the classes for foreign teachers in Thailand?
Usually 20-30 students.

How will I get paid while teaching in Thailand?
In most cases, you’ll have help setting up a local Thai bank account with an ATM card, and your monthly checks will be directly deposited. Some schools pay in cash.

Is it easy to send money home from Thailand?
Yes. Almost any bank can exchange your Thai baht into your native currency, and Western Unions are available almost everywhere to send money home. Many teachers send money home to pay student loans and other bills while they’re working in Thailand, and it’s relatively hassle free.

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