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TEFL Certification in Costa Rica

Earn an internationally recognized and accredited TEFL Certification at our Costa Rica TEFL training center conveniently located just outside of the capital of San Jose in the historic city of Heredia. Known as "Ciudad de las Flores" (City of Flowers), Heredia is famous for its magnificent landscaping, laid-back lifestyle, and beautiful colonial architecture.  Heredia is a quick drive from downtown San Jose and essentially the nearby beautiful suburb.


Founded in 1704, Heredia provides an ideal combination of all that Costa Rica has to offer from an array of cultural and natural attractions to an exciting nightlife, a safe environment and convenient access to some of the nation's most notable landmarks, including the Poas Volcano, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Barva Volcano, and Inbio Park just to name a few. Many locals and visitors alike prefer living in Heredia over San Jose because of its tranquil nature and reputation for safety.

All students and graduates receive lifetime Job Search Guidance in Costa Rica and worldwide. Our local staff has years of experience working in Costa Rica and is very well connected with local schools many of which seek out graduates of this course. These services and resources include personal assistance from expert advisors; contact information for tens of thousands of schools worldwide; referrals to top recruiters around the globe; hundreds of pages of information and links for getting jobs virtually everywhere; and much more. 

You don't need to hold a degree in education or have prior teaching experience to teach English in Costa Rica, which represents one of the largest job markets for teaching English abroad in the world.  However, earning an accredited TEFL certification will provide you with the skills you need to provide professional-level English language instruction and a qualification that thousands of schools and language institutes seek when they hire English teachers. 

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Language Courses and Additional Social & Cultural Activities During Your TEFL Class

Optional Activities:
- Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour the day before the TEFL course starts;
- Free Latin dance lessons during week 1;
-Optional cooking classes during the course to learn how to make Costa Rican cuisine;
- Weekly soccer games with ITA Costa Rica grads and English students;
- Graduation night party and ITA Alumni meet-ups;
There are also a number of great attractions near the school: Barva Volcano, Cafe Britt Coffee Tour, Monte Campana adventure park, movie theaters, malls, and bars.

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Housing Options

Housing is not included with tuition, but once you enroll for your course, the onsite course director can assist you with making housing arrangements for the duration of your Costa Rica TEFL Course. Typical options include (availability & prices subject to change):

Homestay - Great way to experience Costa Rican culture first hand and practice Spanish. You can choose to be the only student in the homestay or to be placed in a homestay with other TEFL students. Cost: $625 for 30 days (includes 3 meals per day, laundry, wifi).

Independent Housing - Students have the option of locating their own housing via Airbnb or other websites during the course. International TEFL Academy Costa Rica does not offer assistance for students who wish to arrange their own housing. 

Pricing is subject to change at any time. Students are free to make their own housing arrangements as long as they are able to attend class on time each day.

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Tuition Includes:

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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. 
To enroll for this course, please visit our Registration Procedures Page.

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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