Summer TEFL in Chiang Mai

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Learn how to teach English while loving Thai culture.

Gain great experience teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) while living in vibrant Chiang Mai, Thailand during the summer! Observe other TEFL teachers, enjoy insights from mentors, and even take the lead as teacher when you’re prepared for it. To complement your in-classroom experience, you’ll also take online TEFL courses to earn a TEFL certificate and credentials to land a paid job! Rounding out this comprehensive hybrid online/in-person TEFL course are excursions, social and cultural activities, housing, staff support, and professional development.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 6-week Program:
    Online TEFL Certificate: 120 Hours
    Chiang Mai Classroom Experience: 40+ Hours
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Live in Chiang Mai, recently voted the world's second-best city and full of charm and adventure
  • Explore Chiang Mai and the rest of vibrant and diverse Thailand through program activities and in your free time
  • Split your time between in-person learning and teaching experience in Chiang Mai and an online TEFL Certificate course
  • Enjoy a comprehensive program with support, housing, professional development, and social and cultural activities
  • Excursions like Thai cooking classes and trips to local markets

Program Details

Your TEFL Experience

The Experience

You’ll be learning how to teach English abroad, increasing your career utility and creating more opportunities for you to work abroad in the future. Throughout your time in Thailand, you’ll have a flexible study schedule to complete your comprehensive training modules. And the TEFL course works on any device!

  • 120 hour online TEFL training
  • Internationally recognized certificate (PDF)
  • 70+ page Grammar eBook
  • Downloadable TEFL course book
  • Personal tutor support
  • $150 off future internships
  • Lifetime Study Access worth US$149
  • Access to any newly developed teaching resources

About Our Partner

With more than 30 years of combined experience in the English teaching and TEFL space, Premier TEFL offers fully accredited options for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Certification, international teaching jobs, and amazing TEFL internships all over the world.


This is more than a TEFL course experience! As well as participate in CIS Abroad excursions, you’ll shadow teachers in Thailand to learn what their day-to-day is like. You’ll also have a chance to meet expats that now live in Thailand to teach English, giving you some insights into how and why they made that move.


The following is a tentative itinerary, subject to change but meant to give you an idea of how your time will generally be spent.

Week 1: Orientation, some coursework, and a local activity
Week 2: Coursework and shadowing at school
Week 3: Coursework, beginning to teach/mentor students, and a program excursion
Week 4: Coursework and teaching/mentoring at school, observing different age ranges within the school
Week 5: Coursework, teaching/mentoring at school, and a local activity
Week 6: Final project, lesson plans, lesson delivery, and final evaluation for certificate

Why Life in Chiang Mai

Known to Thais as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is a breathtaking city surrounded by mountains and bisected by the Ping River. Visitors flock to experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere and delicious food unique to the region, and to venture out into the imposing mountains. The city resides on an elevated plateau approximately 1,000 feet above sea level.

Recently voted the world’s second-best city, Chiang Mai has a rich history and culture. Chiang Mai is home to 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan population of around one million. This city has 700 years of ancient history and was a prominent place as the heart of Lanna culture. The fortressed Old City center was the former capital of the Lanna kingdom. This is one of the few cities in the world that still features an intact moat, which encircles the Old City. You’ll notice that the common mode of transport is to ride a songtaew (pronounced “song- tau”), or red truck-taxi. You’ll feel like a local as you zip around the streets. 

From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, visit elephants, or go bamboo rafting. Other popular activities include hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand’s tallest mountain), savoring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife, and witnessing the city’s many festivals and cultural celebrations.


Live La Vida Local

  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

    Chiang Mai’s most holy temple, constructed on the side of the mountain after an elephant carrying a relic of the Buddha died there. This beautiful temple is a must visit for Thai and foreigners alike.

  • Sunday Walking Street Market

    Chiang Mai’s biggest attraction, people from all over the region converge on the old city to sell homemade and unique northern style clothes, jewelry, art and other amazing souvenirs.

  • Elephant Programs

    Spend some time with these amazing animals and learn about efforts to look after them.

  • Trekking

    Chiang Mai is known for the surrounding mountains and their hilltribes that you can visit in a sensitive and responsible way for a truly unique and insightful experience.

  • Thai Cooking Class

    Enjoy a lesson about Thai herbs and vegetables, take a visit to a market to learn the names ,and then make several delicious dishes of your choosing.

Housing in Chiang Mai


Students will live in double rooms in centrally-located hotel-style apartments. Among the amenities are TV, air conditioning, Wifi, and a small refrigerator.

Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what the apartments are like.


The apartments have kitchens where you can cook your own meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • BathroomShared
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation in Chiang Mai
  • Intro to Thai language during orientation
  • Multiple excursions
  • Online 120 Hour TEFL Certificate
  • 40+ Hours of observing, shadowing, and teaching English language learners in classrooms
  • Exchange with teachers in Chiang Mai from other countries to learn about their experience
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Chiang Mai. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where the shops and markets are, how to get around, and the likes will be among the topics covered in our orientation. In the afternoon you will participate in the Thai Cultural values training, where staff will cover the differences in working and communication style between Thailand and the West.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.


This 2 day trip to Bangkok covers both the old and new City of Angels. See the center of Bangkok’s massive Chinatown, visit the Temple of a 5 ton golden buddha that was lost for almost 200 years, experience the center of bustling metropolitan Bangkok, and much more!

Elephant Sanctuary

Elephant Sanctuary

CISabroad participants will enjoy a day of friendly appreciation of elephants at one of Thailand’s most respected elephant sanctuaries. You’ll learn about the sanctuary’s role in the protection of these great creatures, and maybe even get to take a swim with them!

Thai Cooking Class

Thai Cooking Class

During this excursion you will learn all about Thai fruits, vegetable, and herbs, visit the market and learn about the different ingredients and then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

Travel Tip:

Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.


David was born in the UK and moved to the US when he was 16 and completed high school and University in Colorado. As an avid traveler, his first thought on graduation was to travel to Asia. He volunteered and lived with a family in Kathmandu for 2 months before traveling to Thailand. He quickly fell in love with the country and for the last 12 years has worked as a teacher, as a development officer in NGOs, and has worked with volunteers and study abroad programs for the last seven years. He has an MA in Asia Pacific Studies and is fluent in Thai. He loves his work because it allows him to share his love of Thailand and its people with participants and at the same time support the great things that people all over Thailand are doing every day.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,190 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 12 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,190 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.