This immersive hybrid TEFL program has it all: online training and certificate, immersion in local schools in Tokyo, a fun “English camp” finale, and all the program inclusions to help you make the most of your new home in Japan! You’ll learn, train, and teach alongside a local team of TEFL teachers while observing and shadowing in elementary, middle, and high schools, experiencing different age groups and English language abilities. To complement your in-classroom experience, you’ll also take online TEFL courses that will award you a TEFL certificate and credentials to land a paid job. Your TEFL training will culminate with a big English camp where you’ll plan and deliver multiple lessons. And when you’re not in the classroom, you can look forward to excursions, social and cultural activities, professional development, and more.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Summer: April 1
- Avg Course Load
- 8 Week Program:
Online TEFL Certificate: 120 Hours
Tokyo Classroom Experience: 40+ Hours
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Live in Tokyo, the world's largest and possibly most captivating city
- Split your time between in-person learning and teaching experience in Tokyo and an online TEFL Certificate course
- Enjoy a comprehensive program with support, housing, professional development, excursions, social and cultural activities, and more
- Explore Tokyo and the rest of vibrant and diverse Japan through program activities and in your free time
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Tokyo
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival, we’ll get a lay of the land, touring our apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, we’ll explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing ourselves with the subway and train systems. We’ll likely then set out for an excursion (see “Program Excursions” for potential options). Orientation continues with a welcome dinner the first Friday night of the week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially after having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan!) and rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch, so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.
Participants enjoy accommodations in a centrally-located hostel, well-suited for long-term stays. Rooms are shared, with two to four occupants. Common areas include a kitchen, lounges, and more.
- Japanese Gardens in Tokyo: The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.
- Mt. Fuji: Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.
- Largest Fish Market in the World: Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in the world. Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!
- Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring): Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.
- Tokyo Sky Tree: The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.
More About Tokyo
Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun, Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it's home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke. It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during your time in Tokyo. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.
You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you'll always want to come back. The city is that special!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya
Shortly after your arrival, we'll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we'll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we'll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We'll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety of Japanese food.
Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.
Tokyo Bus Sky Tour
We'll check out some of Tokyo's top destinations on an open air bus tour, from the top level looking down on the active streets. We'll take in a lot to give you a better sense of some of the amazing sites you can spend quality time at later, including the SkyTree, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Akihabara and more. We'll stop off at some of these spots to discover more and hop back on to finish the tour that runs throughout the day!
Traveling to Japan is an adventure waiting to happen and so long as you keep an open mind you will create more memories and friendships than you ever could have imagined. Through your classes, excursions, and walking around the streets of Tokyo you will experience the beautiful culture of Japan and leave with the wish to return to the great country again and again.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJune 12DepartureAugust 10PRICE$4,590
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Orientation in Tokyo
- Multiple excursions and activities
- Online 120 Hour TEFL Certificate
- 40+ Hours of observing, shadowing, and teaching English language learners in classrooms
- Exchange with teachers in Tokyo from other countries to learn about their experience
- Medical and accident insurance
- Pre-departure and onsite orientation
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Airport pickup service
- On-site support
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program