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TESOL Certifications in Shanghai | China

ITTT’s tesol course in eastern China is located in the heart of the country’s largest and most prosperous city. Shanghai is at the center of China’s economic revolution and is a world financial center as well as the home to the busiest container port in the world. Long a center of international trade and shipping, Shanghai is a fascinating blend of East and West, old and new and its unique atmosphere is what draws people from around the world looking to explore the city’s past, present and future.

Shanghai’s diverse collection of buildings in a variety of architectural styles reflects its past as a center of international trade and finance. The number of districts given over to countries from around the world gives Shanghai an interesting and unique atmosphere. Many of these areas are well-preserved and attract visitors from around the globe. During the 1920’s and 1930’s Shanghai underwent a construction boom leaving it with the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings.

China’s economic rise of recent years has left its mark on the shape of Shanghai today and a large number of distinctive modern buildings have risen alongside the more traditional Chinese architectural styles and those of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Contemporary buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center sit side-by-side with the European influenced style of areas such as the Bund and the traditional Chinese areas of the City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden.

Shanghai benefits from a wide ranging public transport network covering the major centers of the city. The city is also connected to Beijing by a high-speed rail service that takes just over four hours to travel between the two cities. Shanghai is also home to some of the best nightlife, shopping and dining experiences in Asia and has a number of other interesting attractions including the Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Art Museum.

Accommodation for the course is within walking distance of some of the best nightclubs and restaurants in the city and the training center is only a short subway ride away. All the major tourist attractions can be reached within just seven subway stops from the accommodation. TESOL course attendees are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation and we are happy to assist if needed.

The course fees listed on the website include all course related lessons, materials, teaching practice, assessments, certificates, references, lifetime job placement guidance and more. There are no hidden costs or extra charges, the prices you see on the website are the prices you pay.

Getting Started

The TESOL course in Shanghai is open to all fluent English speakers aged 18 and over. After completing a brief application you will receive a prompt reply and once your application has been approved, we will send you further information regarding the course content and schedule as well as accommodation options, travel arrangements, payment methods and more. If you apply to take your TESOL course in Shanghai today, you could be a certified EFL teacher before you know it. Our lifetime job placement guidance and internationally recognized certificates mean that you don’t have to stay in Shanghai to teach once you have completed the course, you are free to teach around the world.

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

Located in downtown Shanghai, our training center is ideally located for you to make the most of all this thriving international city has to offer. Shanghai has a population of over 23 million and with the busiest container port in the world, is the center of China’s global trade network. An economic powerhouse until the 1930’s, in recent decades Shanghai has regained that position and more.

Shanghai is an interesting blend of the East and West. There are districts that are distinctly Chinese but also districts that reflect a more European style with classic Parisian and English Tudor buildings in the areas dominated by the French and British. The influence of the West can also be seen on Chinese architectural style in the historic shikumen houses, a type of house developed from Western townhouses but adapted to suit Chinese needs.

Course accommodation is ideally located within walking distance of the best clubs in the city as well as some of the best and most affordable dining options. The training center is just a short trip on the subway away, and it is possible to reach all of the main tourist attractions within seven subway stops.

Shanghai offers:

  • An exceptional range 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.


Located near People’s Square, the Shanghai TESOL course accommodation is only three subway stops from the TESOL training center. All accommodation options are competitively priced and there is something to suit all budgets. The options include single, twin and dormitory rooms. Laundry facilities are provided and there is also a shared fridge for you to use.

There are more upscale options available but these do need to be booked two weeks before the course start date.

    • 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*

*minimum of 3 people need to choose this option, and there is limited availability

Course participants are not obliged to use our accommodation options and we are more than happy to assist you should wish to make alternative arrangements. To arrange your airport pick-up, please call the training center. This service is free of charge for arrivals between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Course dates

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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


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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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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.