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TEFL / TESOL Course Overview

Looking to earn an accredited 4-week TEFL TESOL certification that will qualify you for thousands of English teaching jobs in Vietnam and around the World?

This state-of-the-art TEFL certification course not only provides expert-led training and a recognized qualification but personalized job search assistance for finding jobs teaching English in Vietnam and around the globe.

Please Note: This is an intensive, full-time university-level TEFL course.  To learn more about what this course entails, please read our FAQs below

Vietnam is a land that overwhelms most visitors with the sublime beauty of its natural settings from the spectacular limestone islands of Ha Long Bay in the north to the vast wetlands of the Mekong Delta in the south.

A bustling, dynamic and industrious center of commerce and culture, it is the largest city in the country, the economic capital, and the cultural trendsetter. The streets, where much of the city's life takes place, are a charming jumble of endless markets, shops, pavement cafés, stands-on-wheels and sidewalk vendors selling everything from high definition televisions to live seafood.

It's impossible not to be infatuated with its distinct combination of native heritage, French cultural influence, and 21st-century globalization as modern skyscrapers stand side-by-side with fading colonial buildings, Chinese-style pagodas, and historical landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and the Reunification Palace.

TEFL / TESOL Class Details


4 weeks full-time.


We recommend enrolling at least 90 days prior to your course start date. More information here.


Students should expect to be in class weeks 1-3 from 8:30 am - 3 pm (with breaks, of course), Monday-Friday. Week 4 is largely consumed with completing written assessment tasks and job placement. Weekends are primarily free for sightseeing and relaxation, but some homework is required. It’s likely there will be practicum commitments for part of weekends 1, 2, and 3, although there will still be plenty of time for sightseeing and social activities.


Our TEFL training schools are located 30 minutes away from the central business district in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the economic and cultural center of Vietnam.


Classes are capped at 16 students; Internet access is available at the school and housing facilities, which also includes free printing & photocopying.


This is a partner course of International TEFL Academy. All students receive the full benefits of ITA students and alumni, including lifetime Job Search Guidance.

TEFL / TESOL Course Content

This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all course graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers.


Like all ITA TEFL classes, this TEFL course is taught by highly experienced professors and includes live practice teaching with local ESL students.


All International TEFL Academy TEFL Classes meet or exceed international standards, and are accredited by recognized bodies in the field. Further details.


  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Grammar
  • Classroom Management
  • Error Correction
  • Lesson Planning
  • Use of Visual & Audio Aids
  • Teaching group classes: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced
  • Conversational English
  • Teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation
  • Language Awareness
  • Private Tutoring
  • Teaching Business English

Tuition & Costs

The Cost of the TEFL Class is $1,657 USD ($720 Deposit + $937 Balance).


  • TEFL course tuition
  • Pre-course support: visa, insurance, and documentation advice
  • All course materials
  • Accommodation referral support
  • 6 hours of observation classes and 8 hours of teaching practice (actual classes)
  • Job search guidance in Vietnam and lifetime job guidance advice online & worldwide
  • Welcome party & drinks before the course


  • Personal expenses
  • International flights, Airport transportation
  • Visa, Insurance
  • Airport pick-up*

*Airport pick-up can be arranged through an onsite coordinator for $25 and is available 24/7.


This Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, TEFL course includes an initial welcome party with dinner and drinks on day one (the Sunday before the course starts). There is a range of informal social opportunities throughout the TEFL course.

Go Vap District, where you will stay during the course, is a typical suburb of Ho Chi Minh City located north of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It takes 25 minutes by taxi (US $10.00) to reach the center of Ho Chi Minh City from Go Vap District.

The historical Ben Thanh Market is a direct bus ride away (US $1.50). Landmarks in the local area include Mercedes Benz (Vietnam), Isuzu (Vietnam), the Pandora Shopping Mall, Quang Trung Software Park (the largest information technology hub in Vietnam), and the renowned Go Vap Orphanage.

Enrollment & Eligibility

IMPORTANT! Before beginning this International TEFL Academy TEFL course, it is imperative that you speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics; and your options for employment as an English teacher once you complete your TEFL class. Your advisor will also provide you with the application you need to join this intensive online TEFL course.





Reminder: A 4-year BA college degree is a core entry requirement to enroll for this course. English teachers will need a bachelor's degree in order to teach English in Vietnam.

Housing Arrangements

Housing is not included in the TEFL course tuition. Assistance in finding accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City, however, is available.

Our onsite partners in Vietnam have identified suitable accommodations near the course location and will provide a verified list of 2 budget, 2 medium-priced, and 2 higher-end options. The accommodation list that will be provided after registration is by no means definitive, and we recommend also doing your own independent research on hotels within your budget in the city.
When booking your accommodation, keep in mind that your first night should be no later than day one of your program (the designated start date) – which will be a Sunday. This is important because the onsite partner hosts a welcome dinner and drinks (all free) in the evening on the first Sunday of each new program. The welcome dinner is a terrific opportunity to meet the staff and your classmates in an informal setting, which makes day two of your program (the first day in class), less stressful than it would otherwise be.
So including day one – that first Sunday – you should book accommodation for 23 nights to complete this onsite TEFL certification program in Ho Chi Minh City.

Recommended neighborhoods: Go Vap District (Ward 14), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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TEFL Course Dates & Registration

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, we recommend that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions, review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad, and assist you with enrollment. 

We strongly recommend enrolling in your TEFL course at least 90 days in advance due to its popularity. We also invite you to read our registration procedure and terms & conditions. Note that all students will be charged a small processing fee per course/program purchased.



Job Opportunities for
Ho Chi Minh City TEFL Students 

All students and graduates from the Ho Chi Minh City TEFL Class receive hands-on job placement assistance from the local staff in Ho Chi Minh City in addition to lifetime, worldwide, and online, job search guidance from ITA's expert team of advisors. 

Read our Vietnam Country Profile to learn about the local job market for teaching English in Vietnam & watch videos of ITA alumni teaching in Vietnam.


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Ho Chi Minh City TEFL Course FAQs

How many hours will I be spending in class and on course work during the course? 

The TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  is 150 hours in total over 4-weeks.

The time commitment in weeks 1, 2 and 3 is mainly Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm. During weeks 1, 2 and 3, students also have class observation and teaching practice commitments some evenings & most probably part of each weekend.

In week 4, the focus of the TEFL Class is on providing support with completing the necessary assessment tasks.

How many assignments are there throughout the course and what do they consist of? How many hours of homework can I expect outside of class?

Students can expect to spend 1-2 hours per night on homework outside of class hours. The assignments consist of:

  • Course Journal - daily entries
  • Practical teaching component - minimum of 14 hours
  • Written Lesson Plans - minimum of 7
  • Essay 1 - Student Motivation - 1,500 word essay
  • Essay 2 - Course design project - 1,500 word essay

Will I have a lot of free time to see Ho Chi Minh City and travel around Southeast Asia?

Because of the intense nature of the schedule, you should plan to do any sightseeing either before or after the course finishes. 

Will grammar be taught during the course? Are there additional resources in the course materials?

Decent English language skills (including grammar skills) are a core entry requirement for our TESOL program. Our role is to provide trainees with the skills and & knowledge they need to teach grammar to ESL students. Prospective English language teachers needing their own grammar assistance will need to seek outside services separate from this program.

Is there a textbook needed for the course? Do I need to purchase it before the course begins?

Course content is available via a portal. Students receive access to the portal two weeks before the start of their course. The course also comes with a free Manual that is made available on day one of the TEFL course.

What kind of English language learners will I be teaching during the practicum?

The ESL students are all local Vietnamese.  TEFL students will be teaching these students for a minimum of 14 hours. 

Are there any specific technology requirements for the course?

Students will need a laptop with Microsoft Office Suite from day one of their study program. Students should be comfortable with using the full  Microsoft Office Suite.

How can I prepare for the course? Can I begin working on my assignments prior to the course?

Brushing up on English grammar before the course is highly recommended.  There are no assignments that students need to do ahead of time.

Does the TEFL course recommend housing or arrange it?

Guidance on accommodations for your stay in Ho Chi Minh City is provided through the course onsite coordinator, not through International TEFL Academy. Your course payment includes a direct referral to a local accommodation to satisfy all budgets: hostels (single or shared rooms), private hotels, or guesthouses. Support is also available to locate pet-friendly accommodations. Housing should at the latest be booked for day one (the Sunday before class starts) of your course and should be for at least 23 nights to cover the length of the course. TEFL students always have the option of booking an accommodation not listed by the course operator.

What time should I arrive on the first day of class?

Start & finish times vary from course to course. The school always makes sure the students know where they have to be and what time they have to be there. On day one, students should bring a laptop & a pen - everything else that's needed is provided free of charge.

Ho Chi Minh City TEFL Course Comparison

Ho Chi Minh City Course

What's included 👇

  • In-Person 4 Weeks, Full-Time
  • Accredited by the Australian Government - Meets/Exceeds All Industry Accreditation Standards
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Accommodation Referral Provided
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 14-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • Classes Capped at 16 Students

Hanoi TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • In-Person 4 Weeks, Full-Time
  • Accredited by the Australian Government - Meets/Exceeds All Industry Accreditation Standards
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Accommodation Referral Provided
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 20-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • Classes Capped at 10-15 Students

Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 170-Hour Online Certification
  • 4-Week Full-time/ 11-Week part-time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10 to 20-Hours Live Practice Teaching

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Why Our Alumni Love Us!

Savanna Fowler

Teaches English in
Ho Chi Minh City

Savanna Fowler

After reading testimonies,reviews, looking at prices, what is offered, the structure of the program, and the opportunities available after the program, ITA was the best fit for what I wanted. The phone conversations with my recruiter were also a big selling point. She made me feel confident in not only what the academy would do while I was there, but what they would continue to do with me as an alum and that I wouldn't end up halfway around the world without any support or any training on what to do.

Jacklynn Blanchard

Teaches English in
Ho Chi Minh City

 Jacklynn Blanchard

I decided to get TEFL certified because it is easier to get a job that way and I had no prior experience teaching English. I chose to get my certification through the International TEFL Academy because I read a lot if glowing reviews from its alumni, I liked that there were advisors, and there was job assistance.

Culturally Vietnam is quite different than the U.S. but the people are very friendly and the young people are very into America so they are quite excited to meet Americans.

Jason Petrasanta

Teaches English in
Ho Chi Minh City

Jason Petrasanta

I actually went to Vietnam and fell in love with the country, and I have a passion for teaching. When I found the love of my life in Vietnam, I thought it was the perfect fit it also gives me the flexibility to travel and live a very relaxed lifestyle, unlike the US.

International TEFL Academy had a great reputation and a very detailed program. I chose it because I saw many good reviews, and I had a really good feeling about the school.

Visit the Vietnam section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences getting TEFL certified & teaching English in Vietnam.