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The beautiful mix of modern and traditional is what makes Shanghai such a beautiful place to explore.

TESOL Certifications in Shanghai | TESOL in China

Our eastern China TESOL course is located in the city of Shanghai. Known as the “Paris of the East”, Shanghai is the largest and most prosperous city in China. The city’s long international history makes it a popular draw for tourists and its many historical landmarks sit side-by-side with more modern examples of China’s recent economic boom. Once the financial center of the Asia-Pacific region; Shanghai is well on its way to reclaiming its position at the heart of international commerce.

The granting of British, French and American concessions in the 19th century has given Shanghai a unique blend of Western and Chinese architectural styles exemplified in the area of the city known as the Bund. The Bund was once home to banks and trading houses of several European and American companies and is one of Shanghai’s most popular tourist destinations today. Shanghai is also home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings due to a construction boom in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

More recently, Shanghai has found itself at the center of mainland China’s rapid economic growth. This growth has had a marked impact on Shanghai’s architecture with buildings such as the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Oriental Pearl Tower giving the city its unique skyline. Shanghai’s modernity is balanced with more traditional examples of Chinese life such as the Yuyuan Garden and City God Temple.

Shanghai has numerous attractions to keep visitors entertained including the Shanghai Art Museum and the Shanghai Natural History Museum. The city is also home to some of the best dining, shopping and nightlife in the whole of Asia. Shanghai’s extensive public transport network includes buses, trams and a metro system which connect the city and its environs.

Trainee accommodation is situated close to all the amenities you will need during your stay with the best nightclubs, restaurants and shops located just a short walk away. The training center is just a short ride away on the metro and all the major attractions can be found within seven stops. TESOL course participants do not need to arrange accommodation with us and are welcome to organise their own place to stay.

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

Getting Started

All fluent English speakers aged 18 years and over are eligible to apply for our course. The application process takes no time at all and you will receive a prompt response from us. Once your application has been approved, you will then receive further information regarding the content of the course and study schedule, as well as accommodation choice, travel arrangements and payment options. Bear in mind that just because you take your course in Shanghai, it doesn’t mean you have to stay here to teach. Lifetime job assistance is included with your course and this extends to other parts of the world and our certificates are recognized globally.

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 Shanghai TESOL center is situated in the downtown area of the city in Jing’an district. Home to one of Shanghai’s business districts, Jing’an encompasses West Nanjing Road where high-class shopping centers and five-star hotels can be found as well as up-market housing developments.

Due to being at the center of international trade in the 19th century with many different nations being granted concessions, Shanghai has an eclectic mix of East and West styles. Classic Parisian districts sit next to Tudor style Englishness and the large collection of Art Deco buildings call to mind the cities of New York and Chicago.

Course accommodation is located just a short metro trip from the training center and within walking distance of some the best clubs, and restaurants in Shanghai. All the major tourist attractions can be found within seven metro 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.
  • 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.


The TESOL course accommodation is located near People’s Square in Shanghai and is just three metro stops from the training center. All our accommodation options are competitively priced and suited to all tastes and budgets with single, twin and dorm options available. A shared fridge is available for use and laundry facilities are also provided.

There are more upscale options available, but these need to be booked at least two weeks in advance of 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

Trainees are not obligated to use our accommodation options and are welcome to make their own arrangements. We are more than happy to assist should you want to live elsewhere. Please contact the training center regarding your airport pick-up. This service is available 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


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

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.