TEFL Courses Abroad

Destination TEFL

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Your journey begins online.
Where it takes you next? Everywhere.

CIEE TEFL has partnered with schools abroad to offer you the opportunity to gain valuable international classroom experience -  turning your TEFL certification into an adventure abroad! Once you’ve completed your 130 hours of online coursework, you can hop on a plane for two weeks of instruction and teaching practice in the Czech Republic, England, Italy, Spain or Thailand. 


  • Before you depart, you’ll complete 130 hours of CIEE TEFL coursework with a professional tutor online
  • Once you arrive, you’ll be immersed in a two week program of teaching practice and observation in a foreign classroom, including:
    • 40 hours of in-classroom instruction, where you’ll learn from an expert ESL teacher trainer
    • 20 hours of in-classroom teaching experience, including a mix of observation, co-teaching and/or lead teaching
    • Intercultural lessons with a focus on Czech, English, Italian, Spanish, or Thai culture

TEFL certification abroad

At a Glance: What You’ll Learn

  • Intercultural teaching and learning
  • Reflective teaching and action research planning
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiation of instruction to meet learner needs
  • Tailored lesson planning (teaching a specific age group,  topic, etc.)
  • Use of instructional materials
  • Philosophy of teaching

Benefits of completing your practicum abroad

  • Discover whether a long-term ESL teaching commitment is right for you
  • Learn more about teaching ESL, specifically in the Destination TEFL country of your choice
  • Gain 60 hours of in-person experience (great for jobs that require in-person teaching experience)
  • Earn a 190-hour TEFL certificate that never expires
  • Get a head start on your job search (many teachers even use this time to job search while in-country!)
  • With CIEE, you’ll have pre-departure and in-country support (visa assistance, what to pack, transportation advice, emergency support in-country, & international insurance)
  • Build your cultural competence
  • Have a fun and immersive adventure abroad


  • Thailand

    Completing your practicum in “The Land of Smiles” will give you a chance to experience the beautiful Thai culture and scenery behind all those travel brochures.

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  • Spain

    Whether it’s the delicious tapas and wine, relaxed pace, or the ease of travel around Europe, TEFL Spain is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish culture.

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  • Italy

    Complete your TEFL practicum in Rome and fall in love with one of Europe’s most thriving cities!

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  • England

    Complete your TEFL practicum in London, and spend your days supporting ESL students, and your evenings exploring famous spots like Big Ben or the London Eye!

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  • Czech Republic

    Complete your TEFL practicum in Prague, and teach ESL by day, and explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world by night!

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