Summer TEFL in Tokyo

Gap Year Friendly

Learn how to teach English in vibrant Japanese culture.

This immersive hybrid TEFL program has it all: online training and TEFL 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! Learn, train, and teach alongside a local team of TEFL teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools. You’ll also take online TEFL courses to earn a TEFL certificate and credentials to land a paid job. When you’re not studying or training, look forward to cultural activities, tours and trips, and exchanges with locals. After such a rewarding experience, you may want to plan a long-term return to Japan – this program sets you up perfectly for that!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 8-week Program:
    Online TEFL Certificate: 120 Hours
    Tokyo Classroom Experience: 40+ Hours
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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
  • The prospect of a paid TEFL job can propel your (inevitable) return to Japan!

Program Details

Your TEFL Experience

The Experience

Teaching English in Japan is a very desirable profession and a great way to live there long-term. This program will set you up perfectly! You’ll gain the requisite skills and experience, and develop a network that will help you return to Japan to work.

Throughout your time in Japan, 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 Japan to learn what their day-to-day is like. You’ll also have a chance to meet expats that now live in Japan to teach English, giving you some insights into how and why they made that move. You might even get some job prospects!


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

Stage 1: 5/27 – 5/31 Orientation and Study Phase

  • Active participation in orientation and training
  • Welcome party and excursions
  • Submit necessary documentation in a timely fashion
  • Study 120-hours TEFL curriculum
  • Attend teacher training and professionalism workshops

Stage 2: 6/1 – 7/3 Observation and Assistant-Teaching Phase

  • Observe various teaching environments
  • Job shadow, assist, and team-teach ESL English classes
  • Learn from professional ESL teachers while gaining skills and experience in a real-life classroom setting
  • Contribute enthusiastically with logistical support and assistant teaching of various programs as requested
  • Assist with any administrative and/or student-teaching tasks, if requested. Tasks can range from, but not limited to, promotional marketing activities, student engagement and outreach, data entry, exam and essay marking, class observation, job shadowing, conducting English student conversation circles and one-on-one tutoring support.

Stage 3: 7/4 – 7/8 Wrap-up Phase

  • Received individualized feedback from internship trainer
  • Submit reflection essays
  • Attend final party and excursions

For a detailed description of the program and requirements, please click here.

Why Life in 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Tokyo


Students will stay in single-occupancy rooms in Tokyo, within an hour commute from their teaching placements via Tokyo’s slick public transportation. Meals are self-catered, rooms will come with a bed, linens, laundry facilities, and internet access.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


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
  • 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, 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 & 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.

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.
Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

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

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!

Site Director

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.

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.


Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

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 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,590 (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.