Want to learn more? Here are some answers to our most common questions.
TESOL stands for ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ and TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’. Both are generic names for the same thing. The Trinity CertTESOL is an official qualification in TEFL provided by Trinity College London.
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching) is the same as most one month TEFL / TESOL courses and is accredited by Cambridge University, which puts it on equal standing as the Trinity CertTESOL.
TEFL Iberia raises the bar in terms of what it provides and does for each student – check out more differences here.
First of all you must ask yourself the easy questions – where, when, how much, how long, etc. You will come across a number of schools that meet your requirements. Many students choose our TEFL course as it has:
Every school will have a different ‘vibe’ and you need to find the one that suits you. You should also consider the number of teaching practice hours offered and the variety as you will need to feel confident after the course to step into a real-life class and teach.
No. A degree is not required to get accepted into the TEFL program, but students do need to demonstrate sufficient qualiﬁcations/work experience prior to enrollment. For more specific entry requirement info, check out our entry requirements page.
An advanced level of English proficiency is required, but that does not mean that you must be a native speaker. In fact, around 20% of our students are not native speakers, and bilingual (or trilingual) people often make the best language teachers!
Academic years vary from country to country so there is always work. Also, people come and go at all times of the year for whatever reason so you will never have a problem finding work. In Barcelona there is a spike in hiring activity in September and January but jobs become available year round as students sign up to English courses at different times of the year.
Yes. The Trinity CertTESOL is one of the few courses which are recognised by governments and schools internationally.
Ideally in the city you’d like to work. You’ll make the most immediate job contacts, get to know the city and more opportunities will present themselves simply by being in the right place at the right time. Apart from being an amazing city, Barcelona is great destination as there is a large demand for English teachers.
You’ll be in the school from 10.30-18.45, Monday-Friday. You’ll observe a lesson every day and teach 3 lessons per week. Initially these are short, 30min lessons, then 40min and finally full 1 hour lessons. There is allocated time in the schedule to do lesson preparation during the day, but you’ll probably need to spend an hour most evenings doing some extra preparation, at least for the first two weeks. In the second two weeks you’ll have free afternoons to work on your assignments and study for the exams.
The courses strikes a balance between being challenging and training you fully, but also allowing you to enjoy your time in Barcelona. You’ll work hard but you won’t be stressing till 3am to finish assignments!
If you are a European Union citizen then you are free to work and study in any of the EU countries. If you are a non-EU citizen then you can stay up to three months as a tourist and you are free to study and do private classes during this time. If you would like to stay longer and obtain a work permit, the easiest way to do this is with a student visa, which will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week (which is full time for an English teacher). TEFL Iberia can process a student visa for you, for more detailed information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you apply for a long-term student visa (more than 6 months), yes, you can work through a “convenio de prácticas”, which is like an agreement between us (your school) and your future employer. It states that you are studying with us and doing paid work experience at the school, which allows you to get a work contract and register with social security, etc. The only limitation is that you can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week (which is perfect for English teaching jobs).
Officially up to 20 hours per week.
It varies from country to country but on average you should give yourself 2 months from start to finish.
Yes, in order to be approved for the visa you must show that you have paid for the full course. You can pay for the course in instalments, but the full amount must be paid before you apply at the consulate.
If your visa application is denied due to error on your part (incorrect information, missing paperwork, etc) you will be entitled to a refund of the course fees, minus 350€. If your visa application is denied due to error by the school you will be entitled to a full refund.
Yes, no problem at all.
Yes, if you have a long-term visa (7 months or more) you can extend from within Spain by signing up to further courses.
Yes, you could do 6 months of Spanish and 6 months of the Developing Teacher course, for example.
Yes, the Spanish government recently changed the rules on this and it is now possible. You can come to Spain on a tourist visa then within your first month decide if you'd like to stay long term and process a student visa from Spain.
Yes, you should make an appointment at your nearest consulate. Here you have a list of all the consulates around the world
Yes, but your previous course must be related to teaching or Spanish. You need a certificate of completion from your old school (certificado de aprovechamiento) and an enrolment letter from us to take to the administration office.
Nowadays it is very difficult. The sponsorship process is a large commitment for an employer and it is very hard to find a company willing to take it on. Even if you do, you would have to involve costly immigration lawyers and prove that someone from the EU can’t do the job, which is extremely difficult.
Yes, but you would have to leave the EU for a minimum of 3 months.
No, your visa has a fixed start and end date.
They are effectively the same. NIE: 'número de identidad extranjero' = your ID number. TIE: 'tarjeta de identidad extranjero' = your ID card. Your ID card has your ID number on it.
No, in order to work you need to be on a long-term student visa (7 months or more).
You will be based within 30min walking distance or public transport of the school. The Barcelona Metro is very extensive so you’ll usually be within a ten-minute walk of a metro station too, which means getting to the beach is also quick and easy too!
Yes. If you choose our pre-arranged accommodation then we will house you with other students, ex-students, or English teachers already living here. If you’re keen on practicing your Spanish, then you can also request to be housed with a local. Living with people who already know the city is a great way to get to know Barcelona and meet a few people too.
Our flats are all modern, clean and in good areas, with fully-equipped kitchens, washing machines and high-speed Internet. You will have your own bedroom with a double bed, clean bedding, a desk and complete access to the common areas. As soon as your accommodation is confirmed, our coordinator will send you all the details with photos of the flat and a map with directions to the school.
Yes, all bills are included. Electricity, gas, water, wifi, etc are included. Food, meals and public transport are not included.
No, they are not.
As soon as possible!* The earlier you confirm you’d like us to organize you a room, the more likely we’ll be able to find you the perfect place according to your preferences. *Please note students must confirm and pay for accommodation at least two weeks before their arrival date, otherwise we cannot guarantee we will have a room available.
This is flexible but we usually arrange for you to move in on the Saturday before your course start date and move out a few days after you finish. If you’d like to extend your stay before and after the course dates, then just let us know in advance.
Yes, you will be required to pay a refundable security deposit upon arrival, preferably in cash, which will be returned to you when you leave. It will be no higher than €200.
It is possible to arrange accommodation for two or more people. Let us know as soon as you can so we can make arrangements.
Normally no, but it is possible to come to a private arrangement with your host.
We are able to organize a single flat for you but there will be a significant price increase. If you don’t mind sharing a flat but would prefer a private bathroom, we can also arrange this.
This depends on your host, you will need them to sign a form that says you are living in the flat.
English is the only language used in our classroom, and throughout the program, we will show you how to properly teach English without the usage of any foreign language. That way you can teach everywhere from Barcelona to Beijing. With that said, learning some basic Spanish will certainly enrich your Barcelona experience outside of the classroom!
No, we provide you with all the resources and support to find a job, but ultimately the onus is on you to contact schools, send your CV, etc.
Normally two weeks of continued job searching. We run our job finding workshop early-on in the course so you can start looking for jobs before the end of the course.
The average rate of pay nowadays for new teachers is 12-15€/hour. Working for an academy full time (20 hours) you can expect to earn 1100€/month after tax. If you add on 2 private classes per week (it is easy to do more) you can increase that to 1300€/month.
It varies. Some people obtain a full-time teaching position in one academy and teach 16-22 hours per week. Others start on a smaller timetable of 6-12 hours per week then gradually build up their timetable with other academies and private classes.
Very easy. The English teaching industry is very stable; spoken English is a highly sought-after skill so there is still a large demand for English teachers. Job websites are updated daily with numerous job adverts ranging from private classes to full-time teaching positions.
You can expect to pay 500-550€ for a quality double room in a shared flat in the city centre, then about 140€/week on food and entertainment – this money will stretch quite far as Barcelona can be very cheap compared to the UK / US / Canada / Australia.