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Our TEFL certification course in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a fantastic choice for earning your teaching qualification. Jobs are plentiful in Vietnam, Asia and the rest of the world if you wish to travel beyond local borders after the course.
HCMC is the biggest and most vibrant city in Vietnam. Some still refer to it as Saigon but regardless of what it’s called, both the city, and our course will not disappoint. Leisurely strolls down neighborhood streets lead travelers to a plethora of tea shops, cafes, markets and canals.
HCMC has a recent and well known past so an abundance of attractions await anyone who takes our course. Visit the Historical Museum with artifacts ranging from the Bronze Age up until the days of Ho Chi Minh himself. Ben Thanh Market is the largest in HCMC. Visit the War Crime Museum to catch up on exhibits dedicated to victims of both American and Vietnamese war crimes. It also hosts an array of artifacts dating back to the time of Indochina. Don’t forget to drop by China Town to visit the Thien Hau Temple.
Despite its recent past, energy and optimism can be found around every corner. Many multinational companies have set up shop here, yet HCMC has retained its original Vietnamese dynamics.
Nearby, visitors will find wonderful beaches along the coast and sprawling mountains inland. No matter where you turn in HCMC, you’ll find the hospitality and charm coming from the city’s friendly people.
In addition to certifying trainees as TEFL teachers, we also offer worldwide lifetime job support so we can help course graduates find teaching work in HCMC or anywhere else there is demand for qualified EFL teachers.
Apply now, and you could soon be living and teaching right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
The page links below will direct you to helpful information about accommodation, course fees, starting dates and more. We encourage you to read over those pages and contact us with any further questions you may have. If we’re online, please feel free to open up a chat line and we’ll answer your questions immediately.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a cosmopolitan urban landscape where roughly seven million people mix and mingle every day. Still commonly referred to as “Saigon”, it has remained the country’s hub for finance and business.
School facilities include free Internet, refreshments and well equipped classrooms. All teaching resources and materials will also be provided at no additional charge.
With the help of our experienced training staff, you’ll deliver lessons to real EFL students who do not speak English as their native language. Students are enthusiastic and provide a supportive environment in which to learn the skills needed to become an effective teacher. In addition to the trainers and students, our office staff are helpful, diligent and will make every effort to help you throughout your training.
TEFL International’s training center in HCMC is in very close proximity to a large number of banks, shops, parks and restaurants. There’s a backpacker area nearby where you can exchange travels stories and suggestions for future destinations. Food and drink is very affordable in this area.
Come and experience a city where history and modernity exist side-by-side. Despite the city’s modernization, HCMC’s traditional and cultural aspects are here to be found in a variety of pagodas and historical sites such as Reunification Hall, the Old Post Office and even Notre Dame Cathedral.
Vibrant nightlife in HCMC can be found inside the city’s numerous local and international bars and cafés, which are centrally located in the city center. Cuisine here is superb and you can choose from Vietnamese and Chinese, as well as French and other European fare.
If you have any questions concerning our TEFL training center in the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh, please feel free to chat with us online by opening a chat line. If we are not available, please contact us.Apply Now!
Our TEFL training center in Ho Chi Minh City offers a wide range of accommodation options.
Your choices range from basic guesthouses to luxury hotels. Regardless of your budget, all rooms are comfortable and clean, with a private bathroom and adequate furnishings. Once you confirm your place on the course by completing your deposit payment, we’ll send you a long list of specific accommodation options from which to choose.
If you have any questions concerning accommodation, please feel free to chat with us online by opening a chat line. If we are not available, please contact us.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 890
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Ho Chi Minh City itself.
It is possible to pay the balance of the course fees on the day the course begins but payment can only be made by credit/debit card, bank transfer or in cash.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
We have a network of great hotels and guest houses near the training center and once you reserve your seat on the course, we will provide you with a detailed list of accommodation providers. Prices for accommodation vary from US$ 270 to US$ 450 per month.
Ho Chi Minh City is a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport. A metered taxi charges approximately US$ 5 from Tan Son Nhat to the city center where our center is located.
What travel documents will I need for vietnam?Expand
All visitors to Vietnam are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date.
Only nationals of Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan can stay in Vietnam for a maximum of 30 days without a visa. Citizens from all other countries must obtain a valid visa upon arriving in Vietnam.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Vietnamese consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The orientation session and first class will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Trainees will also be provided with the full course schedule on Monday morning. The course sessions usually run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with breaks included.
Trainees are expected to attend all input and other sessions included on the schedule unless they are sick and require medical treatment. This is particularly important for teaching practice. It is very difficult to arrange alternate times and there will be an additional fee for rescheduled teaching practice.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Lessons are delivered to students aged 16 years and older. The vast majority of students are Vietnamese but other nationalities do attend some classes. Class sizes vary from one-to-one lessons up to 16 students. Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We average 24 trainees on each course. The majority of trainees are British or American, while many others come from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines. Occasionally, we do get fluent non-native English speakers from Western Europe, Scandinavia, India, China, Thailand, etc. Trainees must be 18 years of age or older and the age range varies greatly depending on the course.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
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?Expand
Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. You may also want to bring a Dictaphone. It is not required equipment, but many trainees have commented that the possession of their recording device made the course easier for them. A laptop would also be particularly useful.