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TEFL Certification in Chicago

Earn an internationally recognized and accredited TEFL Certification at our Chicago world headquarters. Conveniently situated in the dynamic neighborhood of Lakeview, we are a mile away from Lake Michigan on Diversey Parkway just north of Lincoln Park, DePaul University and short walk from world-famous Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs for you sports fans).

With the Diversey Brown Line "El" (subway) stop just a block away, public transportation is easily accessible. It's a quick 15 minute ride to "The Loop" in downtown Chicago, which is home to the city's greatest architectural and cultural landmarks, including Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, the Willis Tower (famously known as the Sears Tower), and hundreds of world-class restaurants, shops and bars. 

During your TEFL Certification class in Chicago, you will receive instruction from two university-level professors and work with our highly experienced team of advisors and support staff. Our staff members have all lived, traveled and worked abroad, and collectively we have lived and traveled in more than 80 countries around the globe. In fact, because we like to practice what we preach, it is a requirement that all staff members have extensive international travel and work experience.  

All students and graduates receive lifetime Job Search Guidance worldwide. These services and resources include personal assistance from expert advisors; contact information for tens of thousands of schools across the globe; referrals to top recruiters around the globe; hundreds of pages of information and links for getting jobs virtually everywhere; and much more.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Prior to enrolling for this course, you must conduct an interview and complete the application process. Read more about the Chicago TEFL Class Application Process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be prepared for the intensive nature of this course.  It is an intense, full-time university-level course.  You will be in class full-time 5 days a week & there is homework as well.  In addition, approximately twice a week, students will stay until 8 pm to complete practice teaching (other class days wrap up around 5:30 pm). To learn more about what this course entails & how to prepare, please read:

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Optional Activities


  • Wrigley Field:  15 mins walk
  • Millenium Park:  20 minutes by bus/train
  • Museum Campus:  30 minutes by bus/train
  • Theaters:  30 minutes by bus
  • Bars and nightclubs:  many walking distance
  • Navy Pier:  30 minutes by bus
  • Lake Michigan:  15 minute walk
  • Water Tower Place Mall: 20 minutes by bus/train


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Housing Options

We can provide advice on housing options nearby in hostels that are located in Lincoln Park and downtown Chicago, all within minutes from public transportation.


Several hostels are conveniently located near the course location with prices ranging from $27-$35 USD and up per night. Hostel options include Hostellng International, AAE Chicago Parthenon Hostel, and Chicago Getaway Hostel. Short-term furnished apartments and subleased rooms are available throughout the city year round. 


A great option is found through AirBnB where you can rent a furnished apartment from the owner or rent a room in their place.  


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Tuition Includes:

  • TEFL course tuition

  • Welcome Lunch & graduation Party

  • Assistance with making housing arrangements (housing costs not included)

  • Lifetime job guidance advice worldwide, including workshops during the course

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Tuition Does Not Include

  • Personal Expenses
  • International Flights
  • Coursebooks (purchase upon enrollment)
  • Visa, Insurance
  • Housing costs

Enrollment Information for
TEFL Classes

IMPORTANT! Before enrolling for any International TEFL Academy TEFL course, it is imperative that you Contact International TEFL Academy for more information about TEFL Certification in Florencespeak to an Admissions Advisor. Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics (such as housing); and your options for employment as an English teacher once you complete your TEFL Class.

To speak with an advisor, please call 773-634-9900 or fill out a contact form. 
APPLICATION FOR THIS COURSE: Prior to enrolling for this course, you must complete the Chicago TEFL Class Application Process

Video Introduction:
TEFL Certification for Teaching English Abroad


Earning an accredited TEFL certification is a key element in the process of going overseas to teach English abroad, but sorting out your options for taking the right class can be a challenge. This video provides an in-depth overview of accredited TEFL certification course options offered by International TEFL Academy, including the 170-hour Online TEFL Certification Course and onsite 4-week TEFL classes offered in more than 25 locations worldwide, including in the U.S. Watch the video to learn more about these various options, including international standards, costs, schedules, formats, job placement assistance and the advantages to each approach.


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