TEFL Courses Abroad in Western Europe

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TEFL Courses in Western Europe

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167 TEFL Courses Abroad Programs in Western Europe

International TEFL Academy

Each year, thousands of people of all ages from a variety of educational backgrounds become TEFL TESOL certified. In a few months, you could be an International TEFL Academy graduate telling your friends how great it is to live and teach English abroad!

ITTT: The World is Your Classroom!

ITTT 4-week residential TEFL courses are currently offered at 25 locations, in 14 countries across five continents. The locations of our courses meet the growing demand for TEFL certification, and demand for English language teachers in these cities, countries and continents. The composition of the course remains the same in all our TEFL locations, while the course and accommodation fee vary sl...

LanguageCorps

Our innovative programs empower you to create a personal adventure in teaching English abroad. You'll live in another culture, travel, and gain professional paid work experience.

The Language House TEFL - Join our Community & Teach Abroad!

The Language House TEFL comes highly recommended by their graduates. Aside from offering accredited TEFL certificate courses, The Language House TEFL is also a community of TEFL teachers and graduates who help new students with all aspects of teaching abroad. The Language House TEFL is one of the few accredited TEFL courses in Prague and is completely American owned and operated. Sign up today ...

i-to-i TEFL Courses & TEFL Jobs Abroad

Whether you’re new to the world of TEFL or you’re looking to add a TEFL certificate to your teaching experience, our internationally accepted and accredited TEFL courses will help you get qualified and find teaching work.

The Language House

We offer our TEFL/TESOL Course which meets international standards and follows the British Council criteria with over 120 hours of class time and observed teacher practice in Turkey. The Language House provides the unique opportunity to experience evolving from "student" to "teacher". This hands-on program is designed to engage the trainee with active participation.

TEFL Training College - Go-TEFL England

Earn teaching qualifications with the TEFL Training College and get the chance to travel to England and several other countries around the world. You can choose among different options: online TESOL/TEFL courses, combination of TESOL/TEFL courses and Teaching Practice (TP), paid internship with teaching placement, and onsite TESOL courses with contract.

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)

Explore Western Europe while completing a ten-day TEFL Certification Course with American College of Thessaloniki. Based in Greece, students have the chance to observe English classes taught in Anatolia College and Anatolia Elementary, while receiving either an Introductory or Advanced level of TEFL courses, and be taught by highly-qualified instructors.

TEFL Course with Oxford TEFL

The only TEFL course including an online Advanced Grammar Revision course designed to help you further brush up your English Grammar (before attending the 4-week intensive Cert.course) included in your tuition fees.

Recognized 120 Hour Online TEFL Course for USD 149!

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is an incredible way to travel the world whilst earning money at the same time. With the 120 Hour Online TEFL Course under your belt you will be qualified to teach in some of the world’s greatest travel destinations. The majority of employers worldwide will only ask for 120 hours TEFL training so we like to keep it simple and only offer the essen...

TEFL Certification for Trainee English Teacher in Austria

The trainee will teach English to German-speaking students aged 8-15 for a not-for-profit organization based in the Austrian Lake District, the region of Austria made famous by the Sound of Music movie. Bilingual education is becoming increasingly popular in Austrian secondary schools and ABCi is bringing free English lessons to rural and often otherwise overlooked children in the Alpine region...

Kickstart a Teaching Career with a TEFL Course in Prague

Smaller Earth's 'Hello Academy' in Prague offers a Teaching English as a Foreign Language course which will prepare you to become a certified TEFL teacher. Want to teach English abroad but need your certification to teach English as a foreign language? This course is designed to take beginners and transform them into confident, qualified TEFL teachers. No previous experience is required as...

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TEFL Courses in Western Europe

Earning a TEFL certificate is very important to finding work abroad as an ESL teacher. TEFL courses in Western Europe will provide you with the tools you need to excel in a classroom and any other educational setting, while also expanding opportunities for teaching English abroad to include the entire world. Plus, it gives you a reason to spend a highly rewarding month learning and teaching in Western Europe.

Why Take TEFL Courses Abroad

Western Europe presents an enriching and diverse regional context in which to earn your TEFL certificate abroad, and potentially go on to find work as teaching English abroad. Though Western Europe is a relatively small region of the continent by global standards, there is a potent handful of historically influential nations and distinct cultural identities for international teacers to explore while taking TEFL courses. From the cliffs of Normandy to the heights of the Alps to the streets of Rome, tremendous opportunity awaits those who take TEFL courses in Western Europe.

Locations

Western Europe commonly refers to all of the countries which developed outside the sphere of Soviet influence in the latter half of the 20th century. It is one of the wealthiest regions in the world, and most countries in Western Europe boast highly advanced economies and developed infrastructures (as well as many fascinating historical attractions dating back for centuries). 

Excluding the island of Great Britain (where most people already speak English), your potential destinations for TEFL programs in Western Europe range from Spain and France in the west to Italy and Germany in the center and the Nordic countries up top. Each country has a different level of English proficiency, which tends to affect the amount of opportunities for TEFL courses, and subsequent ESL teaching jobs. For example, most citizens of the Nordic countries, such as Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, are already highly proficient in English through primary and secondary education, while there are much lower levels of English language fluency in countries like Spain, France, and Italy.

These are just a few potential landing places for TEFL courses in Western Europe, and there are many programs which are offered across all the other major countries and cities of Western Europe. Whether it is simply a month long TEFL certification program, or whether your stay actually extends into a English teaching job in Western Europe, depends largely on the country’s English proficiency, available jobs, and educational system.

Courses & Programs

TEFL programs in Western Europe are offered in both an online format and physical classroom setting. Students always rave about the benefits of a face to face interactive setting, where they can learn, teach, and practice their skills in person. Additionally, TEFL courses in Western Europe take on a supplementary role as a sort of an orientation period to a new place where you may eventually be living and teaching English abroad. 

Most TEFL programs in Western Europe last for 120 hours of instruction time, which if you enroll in a classroom setting amounts to approximately one month. Topics covered include phonetics, classroom management skills, teaching methods, grammar, and literacy, among others. Many TEFL programs in Western Europe also require a certain amount of practice hours teaching in front of a class, and upon graduation will assure you lifetime job placement assistance.

One nice thing about teaching English abroad is that you are not typically required to know the local language. Although this will obviously be a great boost to your immersive potential outside of the classroom, many TEFL jobs abroad will want you to communicate solely in English while instructing for the benefit of your pupils.

Costs & Affordability

Western Europe is generally an expensive place to live, with slight regional variations between countries. If you are living in a big city than you can expect costs of living to be higher than a smaller town or rural area. Most of Western Europe is on the Euro, so monitor the exchange rate between this and your home country’s currency.

You certainly will make enough to get by once teaching English abroad in Western Europe, however living in most places you will likely not be able to save up much money. Most TEFL jobs pay around 1500 to 2000 euros per month, which over around the costs of living. So you’ll have fun and be able to explore while teaching English in Western Europe, but you’ll have to be mindful of your budget!

Accommodation & Visas

Your housing options will vary depending on what part of Western Europe you take TEFL courses in, and whether you are living in an urban or rural area. Most teachers opt to live in an apartment or flat – if this is the route you choose, then consider that it will be much cheaper to live with roommates or to simply rent out a room in most scenarios. Some TEFL programs in Western Europe also offer the opportunity to live with a homestay, although these are mostly for shorter durations such as the length of a basic certification program which is four weeks.

Visa policies are fairly consistent across Western Europe. If you live anywhere in the European Union then you will not have to apply for a visa to take TEFL courses and teach abroad in Western Europe. If you are coming from outside the continent, then you will need to apply for a visa if you plan on staying for longer than three months. Your TEFL program provider or host school will likely endorse you through this process.

Benefits & Challenges

Teaching English abroad in another country is an exciting and rewarding challenge. Western Europe is a beautiful and culturally enriching region of the world where most people will not get to visit throughout their lifetime. Enrolling in a TEFL program in Western Europe and then finding employment in your host country is a great way to experience this diverse and highly influential half of the continent in-depth. No doubt about it, teaching abroad is hard work - but by the end of your experience abroad you will have grown to new heights because of it.

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