How affordable is a TEFL course?

Don't let your bank balance get in the way of your TEFL dreams!

Want to kickstart your new career in TEFL, but not sure you have the funds to do so? Don’t worry! Stick with us and we’ll show you how affordable a TEFL course can be!

Now, first things first, there’s a balance to strike between getting a good deal on your TEFL course and ending up wasting money (however little you might pay) on a cheap qualification that won’t get you where you need to be.

Coupon sites are awash with ridiculously cheap TEFL courses but remember the phrase “you get what you pay for”? That applies here. They are that price for a reason! The majority are poor quality courses that haven’t been independently regulated and don’t have academic or customer support included. This means you probably won’t be able to use them to get paid TEFL work, as reputable employers will ask for proof of accredited and regulated qualifications as part of the hiring process. It also means you won’t be able to ask anyone for help during your course, so you might not even pass, and the course won’t properly train you to be a TEFL teacher, so you’ll be going in to your first TEFL role completely unprepared and it’s likely to be a stressful experience!

A TEFL course should be an investment, your future career depends on it after all, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get qualified.

So, how do you make sure you get an affordable and good quality TEFL qualification? Look for the following…

Payment options

An easy way to make your TEFL course affordable is to find a course provider that offers payment plans. A payment plan will mean you can enrol by paying a deposit, and then pay the rest of your course off in manageable monthly instalments. Before you sign up, you should make sure that the payment plan is interest-free. You don’t want to be incurring interest as you go and end up paying more for the course than you would have done if you had paid it all at once!

And, if the provider is any good, you won’t have to wait until it’s fully paid off to be able to start your course. You should be able to start studying as soon as you’ve paid your deposit!

At i-to-i, we currently have monthly payment plans available on our Level 5 420-hour Advanced Diploma and our Level 5 500-hour Advanced Diploma, so you can really make sure you’re getting the highest qualification possible at an affordable price. Added bonus? You can enrol for the same price as 2 Starbucks coffees! An easy swap to be able to invest in your future and start living your dreams of travelling the world or becoming your own boss, right?! And definitely affordable on a budget.

Sales or Discounts

Everyone loves a sale! And sales and discounts are a great way to get a quality TEFL certifications at really affordable prices. You just need to make sure the sale/discount is being given by a reputable course provider (so you don’t get stuck with a useless qualification in the same way you might if you got one from a coupon site!)

How do you know if a course provider is reputable? Look for accreditation and regulation from independent and government-associated bodies. Any courses that are regulated by organisations like Ofqual (in the UK) and DEAC (in the USA) are from reputable providers and will be recognised by employers around the world.

You can also check out reviews for the course provider on independent sites like and trustpilot. These reviews will be posted by genuine students, so will give you people’s honest opinions!

Want to check out the latest discounts at i-to-i? Head to our courses webpage!

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If you have any questions about TEFL, or need some advice about payments, just arrange for a free call back and one of our friendly TEFL advisors will be in touch. They will be able to help you select the most affordable TEFL course for you, so you can focus on achieving your TEFL dreams!

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