Learn about additional TEFL options available to ITA students


TEFL Programs Overview

International TEFL Academy offers two alternative options to taking a regular TEFL Certification Course.

  • Practicum Program: Our Practicum Program enables Online TEFL Course students to complete their practice teaching (practicum) on location at particular in-person TEFL class sites to hone their skills under the expert guidance of professors/instructors. Currently offered in New York City.
  • Student Visa Options: This program enables American & other non-E.U. citizen TEFL Course students to live legally & teach English (for up to 20 hours/week) under a Student visa all while taking part-time classes in language, culture & teacher development. Currently offered in Barcelona & Madrid, Spain.
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Enrollment Information for Practicum Program & Student Visa Options

Participants must enroll in an International TEFL Academy TEFL course before signing up for these specific TEFL programs. Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, it is imperative that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions; review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad; and assist you with the enrollment process.

Contact an ITA Advisor:

Take advantage of the one-on-one guidance provided to you by an expert in the field of TEFL. Your advisor has taught English abroad or online and lived overseas. They will answer all your questions and guide you through your options.

Read more: TEFL Course Registration procedure.

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Practicum Program & Student Visa Options That We Offer

Practicum Program in New York, USA


  • 1 week, full-time (45 hours) option to add on to your ITA Online TEFL Course.
  • Teaching practice with ESL students.
  • Lesson feedback from university-level instructors.
  • Lesson observations and individual, guided lesson planning.
  • Satisfies the 20-hour required practicum component for ITA's 11-Week Online TEFL course.

Student Visa Option in Barcelona, Spain


  • Designed for those who want a student visa to legally teach English in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Includes 7-12 months of language classes (15-20 hours per week are required).
  • Assistance and guidance in finding an English-teaching job in Barcelona.
  • Available to both those who have successfully completed ITA's Online & In-person TEFL Courses, or those who want to take ITA's 4-Week In-Person TEFL Course in Barcelona.

Student Visa Option in Madrid, Spain

Madrid TEFL Student Visa Option

  • Designed for those who want a student visa to legally teach English in Madrid, Spain.
  • Includes 7 months of language classes (3 hours per week are required).
  • Assistance and guidance in finding an English-teaching job in Madrid.
  • Available to both those who have successfully completed ITA's Online & In-person TEFL Courses, or those who want to take ITA's 4-Week In-Person TEFL Course in Madrid.

Additional Information for TEFL
Practicum Program & Student Visa Options

Based in Chicago, IL, International TEFL Academy is a World leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad. We offer internationally accredited TEFL Classes online & in 21 locations worldwide. We certify 6,000 people a year from all walks of life to teach English abroad and online, and our graduates are teaching English in 80 countries across the globe.

All classes, including our two online courses, are taught by experienced university-level instructors and incorporate live practice teaching (practicum).

All ITA students receive lifetime worldwide Job Search Guidance. ITA also offers Guaranteed Job Placement Programs for Teaching English in Asia, which entail an additional program fee.

Online TEFL Courses


ITA offers two Online TEFL Courses that are taught by expert professors & incorporate live practice teaching. These 2 courses enable you to get certified at home in just 4 weeks, or in 11 weeks while working full-time or going to school.


Worldwide TEFL Courses

4-Weeks, Full-Time

International TEFL Academy offers accredited TEFL certification 4-week courses in 23 locations worldwide. 


TEFL Course Dates & Tuition

Online & In-Person

Check out dates and tuition for our two Online TEFL Courses and our 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses located in 23 cities around the world.


OFQUAL, Level 5

All ITA TEFL courses meet or exceed international standards for professional-level TEFL certification and are internationally accredited. Our certifications are recognized worldwide & our graduates are teaching English in 80 countries.


Named best U.S. TEFL Course
Named best Online TEFL class


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ITA Alumni Teaching English Abroad

Brandi Nelson

Teaches English in Spain

Brandi Nelson

I chose International TEFL Academy because after my first conversation with an advisor I felt comfortable and at ease. The advisor was very patient and answered my many questions and hypotheticals. I felt that this was a place where I would get the support and guidance I would need to take the next step. My favorite part about living in Spain is that everyone is so laid back - they do their own thing and do what makes them happy. It really is a simple life compared to living in the States. It is by far the best decision I have ever made and it has completely changed my life!

Tom Buskey

Taught English in the Czech Republic

Tom Buskey

There were many options out there to get TEFL certified and some for less money, but when you factor in all of the positive reviews, feedback, and resources that ITA has, it makes the decision pretty easy. You want a company that is recognized and respected globally in the TEFL markets and ITA definitely has that. The live practice teaching was FUN! I've never participated in a classroom setting with young children before, and while challenging, still very fun and rewarding. I teach business professionals one-on-one in Prague and I LOVE my job.

Sierra Duke

Teaches English in Thailand

Sierra Duke

I am most grateful for ITA's course practicum requirement. Here, I felt I was really able to put everything I learned into practice and become comfortable with teaching English in-person. Almost every aspect of the TEFL training has been applied to my current teaching position. I still use the knowledge I learned on lesson planning to create plans for my students, including the templates provided by ITA. My current situation in Sriracha, Thailand, allows me enough money to live comfortably, travel, and save, as well as pay my bills back home (student loans, car payment, etc.).

Visit our blog & our video library for more stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English abroad and online.