Online TEFL Courses Abroad

A Guide To

Online TEFL Certification


163 Online TEFL Courses Abroad Programs

120 Hour - TESOL Certificate - Online & Accredited

UNI-Prep Institute's online TESOL certificate course is accredited and internationally recognized to qualify trainees to work as an English/ESL/EFL teacher anywhere in the world. The 120-hour course offers videos, tutor support, free shipping, and many other benefits. The institute also provides job support and exclusive placement opportunities in different cities and countries around the world...

listing photo ad
Internationally recognized, accredited TEFL & IELTS courses

Learn to teach English and travel the world with PremierTEFL’s accredited TEFL and IELTS online courses. In just 3 months, you can experience incredible destinations, explore cultures, make friends, and design the life abroad you’ve always wanted! Our courses are fully accredited, and we’re an approved training centre with TQUK, so you’ll get high standards in TEFL training.

Thailand - TEFL and Teaching in Koh Samui

This is a unique project that is split into two parts. The first four weeks are spent working on your Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, which is globally recognized. Starting the course, you will receive a teacher's package which includes training equipment and stationary to use throughout the program. During your training you will spend 120 hours, supervised by a cert...

teaching students abroad
Internationally Accredited Online TEFL Certification

Earn an internationally accredited 170-hour Online TEFL Certification for teaching English abroad from International TEFL Academy. This state-of-the-art interactive course incorporates live practice teaching and is taught by experienced university professors. All students receive lifetime job placement assistance from expert advisors for teaching English in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Students hanging out after TEFL class
University of Toronto TEFL Online

Earn a TEFL certificate online through the University of Toronto TEFL Online program. Participants can take part in 100, 120, or 150-hour courses and earn six to eight core units plus more. The program is open to participants of any nationality with at least a high school diploma.

ESL teacher and students having fun while learning English
Top Rated TEFL Certification — Now available Online

Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification is the most highly reviewed TEFL course on GoAbroad. Our TEFL course is available online and can be completed in 2-4 weeks. The Maximo Nivel online TEFL is unique because you are coached one-on-one with a live TEFL Trainer and you get real practical teaching experience!

Maximo Nivel
LanguageCorps' Online TEFL Certification Program

The LanguageCorps Online TEFL Certification Program is a unique and flexible way to start your adventure in teaching English abroad. Perfect for working professionals or full time students who are unable to commit to an onsite course, our online Certification allows you to log in and go to class whenever you please, proceeding at your own pace. And best of all, you can earn your online TEFL cer...

myTEFL 120 Hour Professional TEFL Course

Want to be a superstar teacher? To maintain Zen in an avalanche of convoluted grammar queries, wall-to-wall electronic whiteboards, excited teens, and that one student who will never open his or her mouth, aspiring EFL teachers should take and complete the 120-hour TEFL professional course. The course is designed to be student friendly and tutors are ready to help their students adva...

Accredited 180 HR TEFL Course plus 2 Free Specialist Courses

Enjoy TEFL is accredited by ACCREDITAT. Enjoy TEFL offer a UNIQUE Advanced 120 Hour and a Master 180 Hour Online TEFL Course AND access to 2 FREE Specialist Teaching Mindfulness courses from £89.99 or $134.99, to help you become a calm, confident and competent teacher. Both the Enjoy TEFL Advanced 120 Hour and Master 180 Hour Course give you the most professional and up to date skills fo...

Online TEFL Certification Course with Job Assistance

Want to get paid to travel? Teaching English abroad is the best way to do so! Take our online TEFL certification course and be ready to go overseas in just 11 weeks! Plus, this course comes with LIFETIME JOB SUPPORT around the world. The course is 150 hours of online study, plus a 20-hour practicum (a unique hands-on learning approach), and staff is available to help you locate a school/organiz...

i-to-i TEFL

Our top of the range 140 hour TEFL course will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schools and institutes worldwide. It includes 120 hours of expert online TEFL tuition and 20 hours of practical TEFL training at a classroom TEFL course near you. As a leading and established TEFL/TESOL course provider, i-to...

Teach Explore Asia (XploreAsia)

Develop confidence and skills in teaching with a TEFL online course through XploreAsia. Participants take part in a four-week program that includes 120 hours of instruction and is internationally accredited by OTTSA. The program accepts participants who are native English speakers of any nationality and has an application process that runs for one week to one month.

UniTEFL 120-hr course & job placement, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We award the TEFL International Certification, one of the few TESOL courses that has full credit bearing accreditation from a university (Fort Hays, US). Included in the program is job placement (90% success rate), 6 mandatory practicums conducted in Thai schools, and lifetime alumni job hunting services in any of our network of 30 centres in 22 countries. VIP upgrade (only USD 300 more) inc...

120-hour Online TEFL Certification Course

TN TEFL Academy offers a 120-hour online TEFL course that prepares candidates for their ESL teaching career. The online course covers the same content as the in-class course, but participants can finish at their own pace and from the comfort of their own home. Successful graduates are assigned a placement consultant who will guide them through the job application process and help them secure po...

International TESOL and TEFL Training: Online Certificate, Diploma, Specialized and Residential Certificate Courses

ITTT, the world's leading online TESOL course provider, offers a wide variety of high quality, practical online courses. Our courses are internationally accredited and meet all international standards. Teach, travel, live and work abroad with an international TESOL certificate. We provide our EFL / ESL teachers with the all the necessary skills and training needed to be a modern, successful ...

Ameson Year in China: Educational Ambassadorship

Become TEFL certified, gain professional teaching experience, learn one of the world’s most in-demand languages, and improve prospects for graduate school and future employment. Ameson Year in China (AYC) is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to become Educational Ambassadors by spending a year teaching, learning, and making a difference in public schools across China. Partici...

LoveTEFL Ltd

Get a free 12-hour online TEFL course when you enroll in LoveTEFL Ltd’s Thailand program. Participants will be joining a group of TEFL interns in Thailand. Before the actual teaching, they will be taking excursions that will immerse them in the local culture.

Specialized TEFL Course - Teaching Grammar

This is a TEFL certificate extension course that will further develop your teaching skills in a specific field. We have now offered these Specialized TEFL Courses for several years and guarantee high professionalism, quality and, especially, satisfaction! Participating to a Specialize TEFL course will not only make you a better teacher but it will give you a significant competitive advant...


Earn your TEFL / TESOL Certificate course with ICAL. We provide observed teaching practice delivered through video lessons. The program’s in-depth approach and monitored TP make it ideal for teachers who already have teaching experience.

TEFL Training College - Go-TEFL

Build TEFL skills by taking part in a TEFL Training College - Go TEFL online course. This is an internationally recognized TEFL / TESOL Learning and Education program that lets participants study at their own pace and time online with personal professional tutors. Participants gain access to the TEFL Library/Portal, job search assistance, training tools, and Online Learning Community.


Join this online-learning program offered by TESOL-direct. Participants benefit from the competitively priced and professionally designed TESOL course. They can study from home and save on travel expenses.

IBERO TEFL Institute Buenos Aires

The IBERO TEFL Institute Buenos Aires TEFL course is one of the most widely recognized TEFL certificate programs in Latin America. Upon receiving the institute's TEFL certificate, trainees will immediately be able to work in Buenos Aires and elsewhere. The institute works closely with Argentinians of different ages, lifestyles, and family dynamics who rent out rooms in their houses to IBERO stu...

School of Teaching ESL (Seattle) - TESOL/TEFL Certificate

Working in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University, a fully-accredited university, TESOL training courses provided by The School of Teaching ESL allow learners to earn university credits and transcripts. This comprehensive and reputable program reflects a strong and cohesive educational framework that gives individuals the grounding you need to approach any teaching situation. Programs o...

Accredited TESOL/TEFL Courses Online with Global English

Start a career in TESOL with an accredited online TESOL program from one of the most established providers in the United Kingdom, Global English. The program offers various TESOL courses, from business to young learners. Choose from several 70-250 hour accredited TESOL certification programs.

TESOL/TEFL Intensive Course

Beckley Institute's TESOL program leads to an internationally accredited TESOL qualification through EAQUALS, enabling candidates to gain an initial language teaching qualification in communicative and modern language methods. The program combines the best of Beckley Institute's modern teaching methodologies. This exciting, inquiry-based course combines a theoretical background in TESOL with th...

Harvest Christian School International

Take part in this online training offered by Harvest Christian School International. The school provides programs that adjust to the individual participants' own pace, boasting numerous TESOL alumni now posted in ESL teaching positions in several countries across the globe.

Get TEFL Certified Online - Save up to 30% this month!

Get certified from home to teach English abroad! TEFL Online is convenient and affordable, and earns you an internationally recognized teaching certificate from an accredited institution. The interactive, easy-to-follow course covers the basics of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), giving you everything you need to start teaching English abroad. TEFL Online features personal feed...

Global Training Co., Ltd.

Take part in an Internationally Accredited In-class TEFL training that runs for four weeks. The program includes four weeks of complimentary resort accommodation. The training will be held in the tropical paradise island of Koh Samui. The program will help you earn a qualification to teach English anywhere in the world.


Earn a fully accredited TESOL certificate with INTESOL Spain. We provide high quality academic programs that are widely acknowledged by employers. Both experienced teachers and those just getting started in the field can benefit from the program.

International TEFL Institute

Enroll in International TEFL Institute’s Online Learning program. Participants gain a deep understanding of teaching techniques and methodologies. Increase your chances at landing a teaching job in both developed and developing countries abroad.

Norwood English

Choose from a variety of TEFL courses offered by Norwood English. Among the programs they offer are Teaching Children, Diploma in TEFL Research, and Teaching Business English. Participants can complete the courses from the comfort of their own homes.

TEFL Courses Ireland

TEFL Courses Ireland offers online and classroom-based TEFL courses. Classroom TEFL courses run on weekends at locations throughout the Republic of Ireland. At the end of your TEFL training, course participants receive an internationally recognised TEFL certificate. Regular weekend classroom TEFL courses are available in Cork, Dublin and Sligo.

TEFL Scotland

Take an internationally recognized online TEFL course with TEFL Org UK. Qualified students can apply for one of many exclusive jobs offered to graduates. They can earn up to GBP 1500 monthly in countries such as the Czech Republic, Spain, China, South Korea, and Japan.

CCELT Online

CCELT Online is a well established 100-hour online TEFL course. It's your ticket to incredible experiences while travelling and teaching the world. CCELT Online provides you with all the skills and qualifications you need to teach English overseas. Accessible from your laptop or tablet, get TEFL certified at your own pace from anywhere in the world. CCELT Online works with some of the top recru...

Eton Institute

Earn an internationally recognized TESOL certification from home. Eton Institute provides an inquiry-based course that combines theoretical background knowledge with the necessary practical skills for effective classroom teaching. Participants gain qualification in modern and communicative language methods.

International Teacher Training Organization

Take an online TEFL/TESOL course with International Teacher Training Organization. We provide certification and teacher training that will help participants get a well-paid teaching job. Participants will learn to manage classes, design activities, and plan lessons.

Global Language Training

Earn your TEFL certification through Global Language Training. Participants develop practical teaching methods that are based on international standards. The program opens the door to many exciting job opportunities worldwide.

Academy of Languages and Training Canada

Earn a Professional TESOL Diploma through this online program offered by Academy of Languages and Training Canada. The program is designed for advanced level students and professional English teachers interested in receiving Canadian training. It also features directed online research of the most current strategies and methodologies for teaching English.

Global English TESOL

Gain an edge in the employment market with a TESOL certification earned through one of the most established online providers. Global English is trusted by partners and trainees across the globe. They provide specializations for the competitive global market.

Teaching English in Italy

Take a basic online TEFL/TESOL certificate course with Teaching English in Italy. The accredited course includes one of the following components: Teaching Business English (TBE) or Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL). Participants can also earn an online grammar certificate through the program.

CELTA Program in Istanbul, Turkey

Train to be an English teacher in the culturally rich and historically fascinating city of Istanbul. We provide internationally recognised teaching qualifications from Cambridge Univeristy as well as assistance finding teaching positions after the course. Istanbul is a thriving city and the gateway to the East. If you are adventurous and looking to the future there is no better place to start. ...

Back to Programs

Online TEFL Certification

Online education is no longer the second tier option it once was, accredited universities now offer full-fledged degrees online, which lead to solid careers. The same can be said for certification in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Accredited online teacher training courses have become more respected and widely accepted than ever by English language schools around the world. That’s great news for cash-strapped college grads or others who dream of teaching English abroad but lack the free time or the funds to take an intensive, full-time TEFL course in the classroom. This guide offers the facts about online TEFL certification, to help you choose which online TEFL course

Is Online Right for You

Online TEFL certification has opened the door to teaching English abroad for people with busy schedules, tight budgets, or who live far from onsite course locations. With a 100+ hour certification, and in some cases a bachelor’s degree, English speakers will find opportunities to teach in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and sometimes beyond. Use this guide to choose your TEFL course with care, and you’ll soon be on your way to your own teaching adventure abroad.

Coursework & Structure

Once the decision has been made to earn a TEFL certification online, it’s easy to get lost in the maze of online TEFL courses. When choosing a course, future teachers face questions like which online TEFL school is reputable and how many hours of training is needed.

Most self-study online TEFL courses include components such as unit-by-unit reading, practice quizzes, videos, written assignments (such as lesson plans), and end-of-unit tests. Online TEFL programs are usually self-study, meaning you can log into your course and work on it whenever you have time, rather than having to attend classes at certain hours of the day. Give yourself about two to three months for most quality online TEFL certification programs of 100 hours or more.

Choosing An Online TEFL Course

All online training courses are not created equal, and the quality and content of a course can vary drastically from one provider to another. However, there are some industry standards to look for to be sure that the TEFL certificate you earn will be accepted by the most schools abroad.

1. Choose a Course of at least 100 hours

It’s true that in certain countries, such as China, courses of fewer hours may be accepted, but the vast majority of countries worldwide will look for 100+ hours of training. Onsite (classroom-based) courses are almost always over 100 hours, but when you take an online TEFL course you will have an array of choices, from as low as 20 hours to up to 200 hours or more! A 100-hour certificate is considered the international standard to be considered adequately TEFL-certified.

2. Make sure the TEFL course is accredited

Accreditation is an external review of a TEFL course to measure standards of quality, such as tutor qualifications, course content, and a provider’s policies and procedures for students. There is no single accrediting body for all TEFL courses abroad, and in fact TEFL courses are not actually required to be accredited at all. First and foremost, accreditation offers you, the consumer, assurance of the quality of your TEFL training. It also lets a prospective employer know that you took a reputable and comprehensive course. You can ask any TEFL provider to give you the name of their accrediting body and the external link to verify that accreditation.

3. Look for a Course with Tutor Involvement 

Some TEFL courses may simply be self-study online “textbooks” with a final exam at the end. Other courses assign students a qualified tutor who can give feedback on lesson plans and other assignments that they submit. Without the benefit of classroom training, this tutor feedback is a crucial part of any online course, as it gives trainees a chance to learn and improve with every lesson plan they submit.


Online TEFL certification courses can present a mind-boggling range of pricing, from $49 Groupon deals to $1500 courses offered through universities. The average 100+ hour self-study online course with tutor involvement should cost somewhere around $400. 

Groupon deals, for example, that seem too good to be true likely are. Courses that cost closer to $1,000 are often affiliated with universities, and can even be taken for college credit in some cases, which can account for the higher price tag. These university-level TEFL courses are not required by most schools, but offer more advanced training that can appeal to the career teacher or someone who may later pursue a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For the majority of people who teach English abroad, a general TEFL course is plenty of training to qualify for teaching jobs overseas.

Getting Hired

Online TEFL courses have a lot of advantages, such as flexibility and price, but they usually come with less support than in-person TEFL classes, including less personalized job placement assistance. That doesn’t mean you’ll have trouble finding a job with this type of TEFL certification, but it does mean you will have to be a more proactive and independent job seeker.

Quality online TEFL courses will still provide you with a variety of online job placement resources, such as links to reputable international job boards, that you can use to find your first teaching jobs abroad. This isn’t as difficult as it may sound, as there are hundreds of TEFL jobs posted on these boards by language centers and recruiters, and this is the method most teachers use to connect with schools abroad. 

As with any job, employers at language schools abroad look at a number of factors when hiring teachers, so the rules are not black and white when it comes to where you can teach with an online TEFL certificate. There are, however, general guidelines and country comparison charts to help you decide what type of certification you need. If you are a new teacher without experience, and you hold a bachelor’s degree (in any subject), TEFL certification inline of at least 100 hours will lead to teaching jobs in regions such as Asia, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. If you do not have a degree, you can still teach English abroad in many countries (such as most countries in Latin America), with an online TEFL certificate.

If you have a bit of teaching experience already, or you hold a degree in a subject related to teaching English, such as education or English, you may also be able to teach in regions where classroom-based TEFL certification is usually required, such as Western Europe or the Middle East. English teaching jobs in these locations are some of the most competitive and high paying.

Earning TEFL certification online has a great deal of benefits and can be exactly what you need to teach English abroad. The most important factor is where you want to teach. Once you know that, you can work backward to ensure you have the necessary qualifications.

Read More

written by: