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TEFL Certification Shanghai | TEFL China

Our eastern china TEFL course is run from our Shanghai training centre. Located in the downtown area of the city commonly known as “the paris of the East”, our course in Shanghai is at the very heart of this prosperous modern city. Well known for its many historical sites such as the Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, Shanghai is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. With a number of world class museums including the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Natural History Museum and a thoroughly modern and unique skyline, it is easy to see why Shanghai is seen as a symbol of the recent Chinese economic boom.

Shanghai contains a wide variety of architectural styles due to a long history of international trade and commerce. Located on the western bank of the Huangpu River, the Bund is an area of the city that houses a number of examples of early 20th century architecture including the neoclassical HSBC Building and the Art Deco Sassoon House. A thriving economy and construction boom in the 1920’s and 1930’s has resulted in Shanghai being home to the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world.

As Shanghai’s economy has grown so has its architecture, with many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers decorating the Lujiazui skyline. Notable examples of contemporary buildings in the city include the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Shanghai Museum and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. Despite the rapid modernization of the city Shanghai still retains its traditional style as exemplified by the Yuyuan Garden, an extensive Chinese garden built in 1577.

Classic and contemporary architecture is not all that Shanghai has to offer by any means. As you would expect with any major city, there is also a thriving nightlife and some of the best restaurants and shopping to be found in asia. An extensive public transport network makes the whole city easily accessible.

Accommodation provided by the training centre is well located, with the best clubs, shops and restaurants all within walking distance. The subway provides easy access around the city and all major tourist destinations can be found within seven subway stops of the accommodation. The training centre is just a short subway ride away. Course attendees are welcome to organize their own accommodation and we are more than happy to help in this regard.

The course fees on our website include course-related lessons, materials, assessments, certificates, references, lifetime job assistance and more. The prices you see on our website are the prices you will pay; there are no hidden fees or extra charges.

Getting Started

All you need to apply for our course in Shanghai is to be at least 18 years of age and a fluent English speaker. On completion of the brief application you will receive a prompt reply. Once your application is approved, you will receive additional information regarding the course including content and schedule information, accommodation options, travel arrangements, payment methods and more. Choosing to take your TEFL course with us in Shanghai does not mean you have to stay and teach here. You are free to move on and teach anywhere in the world after the course, we offer lifetime job assistance and our certificates are recognized globally. Applying to take our TEFL course in Shanghai today means you could be a certified EFL teacher in no time.

Please note that due to recent regulation changes only native speakers of English can work legally as teachers in China, though there are no nationality restrictions for attending the course in Shanghai.

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The School

Our Shanghai TEFL training centre is located in Jing’an district in the downtown area of the city. Shanghai is the largest and most populous city in China with its citizens numbering more than 23 million. Due to its importance to international trade, Shanghai was the financial centre of the Asia Pacific region until the 1930’s. With China’s rapid economic growth over the last twenty years the city is retaking its place at the heart of the world economy.

Shanghai’s international past means it offers a fascinating blend of East and West today. Influenced by the presence of many European and American banks and trading houses, Shanghai has an interesting mix of traditional Chinese houses with a distinct European style. Among the Chinese districts you can find neighbourhoods reminiscent of Paris, London and New York and the city houses one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world.

Accommodation for course participants is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the best and most affordable restaurants, not to mention quality shops and the hottest nightclubs in the city. The centre is a short ride by subway and all the main tourist destinations are no more than seven subway stops from the accommodation.

Shanghai offers:

  • A wide selection of outdoor and cultural activities.
  • Free wireless internet service inside both the classroom and the accommodation.
  • The best nightlife in China.
  • The opportunity to study Chinese at an affordable rate.
  • Course orientation, welcome meal and graduation party.
  • Convenient weekend trips.
  • Friendly, welcoming local people who are keen to meet and learn from foreign teachers.


The cost of accommodation is not included in the course fees and you are free to choose the accommodation option you prefer. There is no obligation to use the accommodation services we provide and you are welcome to make your own arrangements. If you do choose one of our options, it should be paid for directly to the provider on arrival.

The options are:

  • Shared dorm room US$ 300
  • Single or shared room starting at US$ 650 (shared bathroom)
  • Private room in apartment starting at US$ 750 per person*

*A minimum of three people need to choose this option and there is limited availability

Course dates

Coming soon...

We are presently in the process of establishing a new course in Shanghai and therefore there are currently no dates available for this location. We anticipate that the course should be running here within the next 6-8 months. If you would like to attend a course at this location, please let us know and we will send you full information as soon as the course dates are finalized.

Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...

Course fees


Coming soon...

We are presently in the process of establishing a new course in Shanghai and therefore there are currently no dates available for this location. We anticipate that the course should be running here within the next 6-8 months. If you would like to attend a course at this location, please let us know and we will send you full information as soon as the course dates are finalized.

Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...

Accomodation Fees

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are my payment options?


    All course deposits must be paid to our administrative centre. Payments made by credit or debit cards are the fastest and cheapest methods, but we do also accept payments via PayPal, Western Union and bank transfer. Please bear in mind that while there are no deadlines regarding deposit payments, the course can fill up rapidly and your place will not be reserved until the deposit has been made.

    After paying the deposit you will receive an informational packet via email. This packet will contain detailed information about the course and the city of Shanghai itself. The balance of the course fees is payable by credit card on or before the course start date. We also accept bank transfers but these must be made at least two weeks in advance of the first day of your course.

    The course fees include tuition, materials, certification, course moderation and accreditation fees and lifetime job support. A two day sightseeing tour of Shanghai and a daytrip to an old Chinese village is also included in the course price.

  • What are my accommodation options?


    Dormitory rooms are available for around US$ 10 per night and single rooms for around US$ 20 -25 per night. We recommend a number of hotels and hostels close to the center, but nothing is directly booked through us. You are free to choose your own accommodation and making your own arrangements is easy through services like Airbnb or a local property agent. We will be happy to assist you should you need any help.

  • What travel documents will I need for china?


    You are required to have your passport with you on the Monday before the course begins for registration with us and the host school. You can apply for a Chinese Tourist (L) visa to attend the course and these can be obtained from your nearest consulate or travel agent. The documentation required to obtain a visa is as follows:

    • Visa application form.
    • One recently taken 2x2 inch photo showing your entire face (no hats). Please affix the photo to the application form.
    • Original passport with at least two blank visa pages and valid for at least six months beyond the date of application.
    • Former Chinese visa records (if any, together with their copies). Visa fee.

    A hotel reservation letter might be required (depending on your nationality) and we can organize this for you.

    If you intend to work in China upon completion of the course, please note that you will need to authenticate your degree, TEFL and criminal background check for your work permit. The process can be done while overseas for most nationalities and takes 3-4 weeks to complete.

    Please note that we recommend you apply for a visa after you have secured your place on the course.

  • What is the course schedule?


    The study week runs from Monday to Friday and classes are held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Tuesdays classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the months of July and August, all classes will be from 9 a.m. to 6p.m. Observed teaching practice depends upon the students’ circumstances and trainees will be scheduled sessions on or off-site accordingly. Observed teaching practice sometimes takes place in the evenings and trainees should be aware that the Shanghai TEFL course is very intensive and participants looking to become qualified English teachers should be serious about becoming a teacher. The number of students in each class ranges from 10 to 25 and lessons will be 30 to 50 minutes in length depending on the students’ timetable. After your session is complete you will receive feedback on your performance from one of our course trainers.

  • Who usually attends the course?


    Courses usually consist of four to ten trainees although the number of participants tends to rise in the summer months. Most trainees are from America, Britain, Canada or Australia, but the course is also open to all non-native English speakers with a good command of the English language.

  • Is there a dress code?


    For all input sessions at the training centre, there is no dress code. However, for teaching practice sessions there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress in a professional manner according to the guidelines below:

    Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.

    Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.

  • What should I bring for course studies?


    All trainees should bring a notebook and pen with them on the first day of the course. You should also bring your laptop to help with lesson preparation, a watch or mobile phone to time yourself when teaching and some form of recording device such as an iPod or phone to record a 10-15 minute audio in one-on—one teaching sessions. A flash drive (USB stick) would be helpful for printing lesson materials. As part of the course requires you to prepare materials, stationary items such as coloured pens etc. would be useful. Supplies such as these are easily available locally. You are encouraged to bring your laptop as the training centre has Wi-Fi. All course-related materials are provided for you so there is no need to bring anything else.