Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

UPDATED: September 14, 2020

Here at International TEFL Academy (ITA), we are committed to the health and safety of every one of our alumni and prospective students. We fully understand why our alumni all over the world and our prospective students considering getting TEFL certified are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are doing our best to stay informed on this rapidly developing situation and advise our students accordingly.

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Get a full overview of the current coronavirus situation and know your options for TEFL certification, teaching English online & teaching English abroad.

As of September 14, 2020, the following onsite and partner course start dates  have been canceled:

Canceled through the end of 2020

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
  • Playa Grande, Costa Rica
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Hanoi, Vietnam

Individual class cancellations

  • Heredia, Costa Rica - October 12, 2020

We are continuing to offer our Online TEFL Certification course as well as future in-person course dates in Chicago. We will continue to stay in close communication with our partners regarding the situation and upcoming course dates. 

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We are also working closely with our partner recruiters and schools abroad to keep up-to-date on hiring in affected countries. At this time, schools may be delaying start dates or hiring until after March. Students should also be advised that currencies are fluctuating, which may impact their job search and moving abroad. Please refer to for the most up to date exchange rates.

Enrolled students can reach out to their Student Affairs Advisor to get more information on how this may affect their specific job search.

We are doing our very best to monitor the situation closely and we encourage all of our students to do the same. Be sure to stay up to date with any and all travel recommendations by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State Department, and the World Health Organization  (WHO)

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about how this may impact your plans to teach English abroad. If you’re an enrolled student, get in touch with your Student Affairs Advisor. If you are considering teaching overseas but haven’t enrolled yet, get in touch with your Admissions Advisor to talk through your options

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FAQs About Coronavirus And TEFL:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.  
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

At this point in time, most in-person TEFL courses are running as scheduled.

If your course is cancelled due to the Coronavirus you have a variety of options. Your ITA Student Affairs Advisor can help you either transfer to a later TEFL course date and/or location.  You may also be eligible for a refund.  

If you're an enrolled student, get in touch with your Student Affairs Advisor to discuss your options.


Coronavirus is a rapidly developing situation and the impact will vary country to country. In countries where COVID-19 is prevalent, you can expect possible delays in hiring. But at this point we haven't see COVID-19 stop schools from hiring all together.
Get in touch with your ITA Student Affairs Advisor to talk specifics and also be sure to read through all of the recommended resources listed above.
Your ITA TEFL certification never expires and neither does your job search guidance. Your access to job search guidance from our Student Affairs team is lifetime, so you can work with our team at any point in the future to gain employment teaching English abroad or online. 

Our 11-week Online TEFL class is operating normally and we don't anticipate any delays because of COVID-19. If you want to confidently enroll in a TEFL class and want the peace of mind that it will not be delayed or cancelled, talk with your ITA Advisor and see if the Online class is the right fit for you.

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