Who can enrol?
Our Study Overseas Programme is open to anyone who meets the criteria set out in the enrolment form. You do not need a university degree or any previous teaching experience; the only requirement is that you speak fluent English. You must also have a sense of adventure and desire to travel, explore new cultures and teach English!
Is there an age requirement?
You need to be 18 years old or over. When you are considering employment please bear in mind that those under 21 years old and over 55 years old may struggle with the workload required in a full time TESOL teachign position. We ask all people considering enroling in the Study Overseas Programme that are outside the 21-55 age bracket to speak with a Teach International staff member to discuss the emotional, mental and physical pressures involved before enroling.
How do I enrol?
You can register by completing our registration form and sending it to our office by email email@example.com or fax 1300 88 44 06. Payment is accepted by visa, mastercard, Australian Money Order or bank transfer. Contact us for payment plan options 1300 55 88 90.
What are the payment options for the Study Overseas Program?
Contact our office for information on payment options to suit you.
Can I enrol if I do not live in Australia or New Zealand?
It does not matter where in the world you live, as long as you meet the enrolment criteria set out in our enrolment form, you are able to participate in our Study Overseas Programme. The remaining work is online.
When should I enrol?
We do stress the benefits of enroling for your course as soon as you are able to and starting the online components of the course immediately. By starting the online early you will be able to complete the certificate sooner after attending the Study Overseas Programme and feel more prepared and confident for the in-class course and the practical teaching overseas. A number of students graduate (having completed their online work) at the end of the Study Overseas Programme.
We are unable to guarantee when the course will be fully booked. Therefore, to ensure your place on the Programme and not be disappointed, you will want to book as soon as possible.
However, you can enrol for any of our Study Overseas Programmes at any time up to 14 days before the commencement date of the course, subject to spaces being available.
I am a solo traveler. Is this a problem?
Many of Teach International’s students on the Study Overseas Programme are solo travelers. Also many trainees tag on holiday plans before and after the programme. If you are staying on in the country where you do your SOP you will already have the network of the other trainees.
We want to travel as a couple/group, is this a problem?
We are happy to have family, friends or couple groups on our Study Overseas Programme.
Are the dates guaranteed?
Teach International is providing the Study Overseas Programme in response to interest from our students who would like to complete their TESOL course and practice teaching overseas in a non-English speaking country. We love being able to give our students the opportunity to complete their course with us overseas, however, we need you to contact us when you are genuinely interested in doing the Study Overseas Programme. We will guarantee any Study Overseas destination 30 days before the departure date.
So contact us now and get your adventure started today!
What type of people will I be traveling with?
Teach International students who participate in the Study Overseas Programme come from all ages and walks of life. However, they are like-minded adventurers with a desire to travel, experience new cultures, and to learn how to teach English. Previous courses have been fairly evenly male and female, younger through to more mature, a range of nationalities, largely solo travelers, and we also have had friends, and a mother and daughter complete the course together overseas.
I am not a new student to Teach International, can I still enrol?
Yes. Contact us for the options which will be available to you.
Is my accommodation included, and how do I book it?
Accommodation is not included in the cost for the Study Overseas Program. However for destinations in non English speaking countries we do provide a guide which includes a number of accommodation suggestions in a suitable area of the city. For these non English speakign countries we suggest you book your first few days only and then either extend it when there at a discounted rate or move to nearby accommodation if you are not completely satisfied. Our recommendations will be three star, being that three star accommodation is the right approach when arriving in a country to find TESOL work. There will be back packer accommodation options and there will be ways you can turn this temporary accommodation into cheaper flatting arrangements should you stay on after the programme.
Are my flights included, and how do I book them?
Flights are not included in the cost for the Study Overseas Program. You are able to book flights through any airline or travel agent you wish. We do recommend ensuring your flight lands a few days defore the SOP starts.
Do I have to purchase travel insurance?
It is advised that you get travel insurance for the Study Overseas Programme. Please ensure you source and apply for the correct travel insurance. It is good to have cover that provides peace of mind when travelling in a foreign country. Teach International offers a 20% discount on travel insurance with QBE if you book on our website.
Do I need a passport?
You must possess a passport with a minimum of six months validity from when you enter the country. If you do not have a passport and need to apply for one, visit your countries Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or if applicable get an application form from your nearest post office. Remember that this process can take up to a couple of weeks unless you want to pay an additional fee for expediency, so ensure you have set aside enough time to apply and collect your passport.
Do I need a VISA?
Depending on which destination you are interested in and how long you wish to stay for you may need a visa. Feel free to contact us on this question as we will know some details for each country. However, your travel agent is an excellent source of information on visa requirements, or contact the appropriate embassy or consulate in your home country. Different visa regulations may apply for different nationalities. For some countries visas are gained at the airport as you enter the country.
Do I need immunizations?
Vaccinations are an important factor for any traveler and different countries have various requirements for vaccination. For more information visit your local GP or Travel Doctor to find out more about vaccinations, travel health advice and current health alerts for overseas travel. You can also visit the embassy website for more information on vaccinations.
What do I need to take?
If you are abkle to purchase and bring a teachers Grammar reference book it will be helpful. We provide a course Manual. take some smart casual clothing for attending the programme.
How do I find out more information about the destination?
When you enrol for your course you will be given access to our Student Centre and will be able to access detailed information in the County Guides. For non English speakign countries you will also receive a Guide by email. This gives you specific information for that city including on how to get around, where to eat and drink, and how to make the most of your time there.
Before you enrol extra information can be found on the Quick Country Facts from each city, or do a ‘Google’ search on the internet.
Specific details on what is involved with the courses can be found here:
Please read this as it may answer many of your questions regarding the course details.
What certificate level can I complete?
You can choose to complete any of our certificate courses, except iTESOL because iTESOL doe not include a practice teaching component.
How much of the online course should I complete before going overseas?
It is up to you how much you choose to complete, but the more you complete the better for you. If you want to graduate at the end of the programme you should complete all units except one piece where you reflect on your practice teachign andf you can do that there.
Will I be offered a job overseas by participating in the Study Overseas Programme?
Previous course attendees of the non English speaking country SOPs have been offered employment at the end of completing the course, however Teach International does not guarantee an offer of employment after the course. Teach International’s standard Money-Back Job Guarantee does apply. For non English speakign countries, if you arrive with the majority of your online units completed and an updated resume, it is likely you will be able to find work once you are there. It is advised to look for schools and jobs on the local expat sites and go see them in person. You can also research schools before leaving your home country, telling them you will be doing a TESOL course in their country and asking if you could come and see them. In this case you will have a number of interview invitations before you arrive.
Can I complete the course and get my certificate while overseas?
Yes, all online components remaining can be completed from overseas. When you have completed and passed all necessary units we can post your certificate to you internationally.
If you are hoping to obtain your certificate at the end of the Study Overseas Program, you will want to finish all your online electives and the grammar unit before you go. The guide you will be provided with will be more explicit with the necessary details.
How do I access the internet overseas?
Internet cafes are plentiful in all the destination cities and your hotel will allow you access to the internet through their computers or through wireless internet.
It is advisable to bring a laptop with you but it is not compulsory. Having your own computer will help you with your lesson preparation. Make sure you bring a USB stick for any printing you may want done.
Where will the practice teaching happen?
There are different practice teaching arrangements in all destinations. You may be teaching in private language schools, public or government schools, or in community classes. You may be teaching children or adults. We will try our best to provide you with a variety of teaching options, but it is subject to availability.
How much free time will I have?
For the SOPs in non Eglish speakign countries do not book any full day tours or extended tours out of the destination city during the three weeks of the programme. During the practice teaching we will endeavour to schedule days off, but until we are there and handling the local logistics we cannot be more specific.
So if you do want to organise any specific tour, do so before or after the programme dates.
What does the course cost cover?
The price you pay for the course includes all the materials you require to successfully complete the programme. Specifically, it covers the cost of your trainer, all course materials, all in-class, online and practice teaching components. It also includes the organization of the overseas destination, organization of practice teaching, organization of venues for the in-class and practice teaching, lesson planning support, and staff assistance throughout the course. Additionally for non English speaking countries it covers a welcome meal, a graduation meal, the lesson planning support, and staff assistance throughout the course.
What is not included?
Yoour usual meals. All activities undertaking during free time. Transport to and from airports, hotels, venues and schools. For SOPs in non English speakign countries we will provide, a Welcome and Graduation Dinner. We recommend an allowance to cover the odd bit of printing you might do, meals and transport.
What assistance will the trainers provide?
The trainers will be available to assist you with the course, practice teaching, lesson planning, practice teaching hours. We will help you out as best we can with issues that arrise due to being in another culture.
After the course, can I return home?
You are not obliged to stay overseas once you have completed the course. You can choose to travel home and then travel overseas to teach again at a later date if you wish.
Can I stay and find work after the course?
If you wish to stay on and find work in that city you are definitely able to; you may even be able to make some great contacts during your practice teaching time. If you traveled on a tourist visa you will possibly need to change this visa (or extend your tourist visa) once you have found work; for non English speakign countries, this may mean leaving the country (you need only exit to the closest neighbouring country) to pick up your new visa making you eligible to work.
Do I have to work in the same country the course is held in?
Once you have completed your certificate you are able to work anywhere you wish, as long as you meet the visa requirements of that country. Your experience from practice teaching in a non-English speaking country can only help your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers. You may choose to move on to a neighbouring country to the course location or to the other side of the planet. The world is truly your oyster!
Have we answered your question? If not, please call us on +61 7 38444799, or send us an email.
Please note that when you enrol we will provide you with much more specific advice on the city in which you will attend the course. This will include additional information on obtaining visas, travel insurance, accommodation, what to take, a Welcome Guide and much more. We will also be available to assist you with any questions you may have.