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The Bund, the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, the French Concession
The beautiful mix of modern and traditional is what makes Shanghai such a beautiful place to explore.

TEFL in Shanghai | TEFL China | ITTT

Our TEFL course in eastern China is located in the country’s largest city, Shanghai. Known as the “Paris of the East” due to the European influence on its architecture, Shanghai is a popular destination for business travelers and tourists alike. The city is renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and Yu Garden as well as its more contemporary style demonstrated in the buildings that make up the famous Lujiazui skyline.

Shanghai’s eclectic mix of buildings in different architectural styles points back to the city’s past as a thriving centre of trade and shipping both locally and globally. The 19th century saw the arrival of Western powers that sought to take advantage of Shanghai’s economic potential and left their mark in the buildings they erected in their designated districts. One of these areas known as the Bund has an extensive variety of architectural styles from the neoclassical HSBC building to the Art Deco Sassoon house. In fact, Shanghai is home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings due to a boom in construction in the 1920’s and 1930’s. More recently, Shanghai’s architecture has been influenced by its re-emergence as a global economic powerhouse. With contemporary buildings such as the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Shanghai World Financial Center marking the growing wealth of the city, Shanghai blends the new and the old as it does the East and the West.

But the city is not all about its architecture. As with any international city, Shanghai has a thriving nightlife with some of the best clubs in Asia, if not the world. The city abounds with quality eateries where you can enjoy world class food and amazing shops offering all you could want or need. Shanghai is also served by a large and well connected public transport network comprising of subways, buses and taxis, and is also connected to three national high-speed railways providing convenient access to the wider country.

The course accommodation is located just a short subway ride from the training centre, and all of the main tourist attractions can be reached within seven subway stops. Within walking distance of the accommodation you will find some of the best nightclubs Shanghai has to offer as well as fantastic dining and shopping areas.

All course-related lessons, materials, teaching practice, certificate, references, lifetime job support and more are included in the course price listed on the website. There are no hidden extras or additional charges and the prices you see on the website are the prices you will pay.

Getting Started

To be eligible to apply for our course you need to be a fluent English speaker and aged at least 18 years. After completing a brief application you will receive a prompt reply from us. When your application has been approved you will be sent more detailed information covering the course content and schedule as well as accommodation options, travel arrangements and available payment methods. By choosing to take your TEFL course in Shanghai you are not limiting yourself to living and working in the city or China as a whole. Our internationally recognized certificates and our lifetime job assistance mean that you are free to live and work almost anywhere in 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

Our TEFL training centre is located in the heart of downtown Shanghai in the Jing’an district. Home to West Nanjing Road, one of Shanghai’s top shopping areas, Jing’an is a key business and commercial district and its many high-rise office and residential buildings form a large part of the Shanghai skyline.

Shanghai is a modern Chinese city with a very unique atmosphere. This uniqueness comes from it’s long history as a centre of trade and transport in the region. With traditional Chinese buildings sitting side-by-side with those built by the Western powers from the 19th century onwards and the modern styles prevalent today. From historic shikumen houses blending European style with Chinese needs to the Art Deco buildings of the 1920’s and 1930’s bringing to mind New York or Chicago, Shanghai is a fascinating mix of cultures.

Our accommodation options are situated within walking distance of local entertainment hotspots and quality shopping and dining areas. The training centre can be reached by a short trip on the subway and the main tourist destinations are within seven subway stops of the accommodation.

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.
  • Affordable Chinese language classes.
  • Course orientation, welcome meal and graduation party.
  • Convenient weekend trips.
  • Friendly, welcoming local people who are keen to meet and learn from foreign teachers.


Our accommodation options are located near the People’s Square area of the city and are just three subway stops from the training centre. You will find that the prices represent excellent value for money with a choice of dorm, single and twin rooms available. A shared fridge and laundry facilities are also provided.

More upscale accommodation is available but will need to be booked at least two weeks before your course begins.

  • 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*

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

You are by no means obligated to use our accommodation options and we are able to offer assistance should you wish to make your own arrangements.

Please make sure that you contact the training centre about your airport pick-up. This service is free of charge for those arriving 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


cutted circle blue and red logo Coming soon...

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?


    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?


    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?


    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?


    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?


    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?


    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?


    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.