Course Duration: 4 weeks Tuition: $1499 - $750 deposit (remaining balance due 30 days before course date)
The People’s Republic of China is, without a doubt, the country of the future. With over one billion inhabitants, a booming economy, and increasingly influential politics, China becomes more important with each passing day, and familiarity with its language, culture, and people with it.
With over 23 million residents, Shanghai is the most populous city not only of China, but of the world as well. Due to its location both on China’s coast and at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai has been an important port town for centuries. The city was considered the cultural and economic center of East Asia during the late 19th/early 20th centuries, which gave it a uniquely modern status. Shanghai was the first city in China to see a car, a train, and to have modern sewers. More important, it was also the birthplace of many importantsocial and cultural movements. Although the Communist Revolution erased many of these movements, Shanghai has since regained its status as a global economic and cultural powerhouse.
While in Shanghai, be sure to take in the city’s amazing mix of ultra-modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture. Enjoy The Bund, a neighborhood rich in early-20th century architecture, the Pudong District, which boasts some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, or spend the day shopping at Xintiandi, a repurposed pedestrian-only shopping, eating, and entertainment district. For a greener experience, check out the incredible Yuyuan Garden, which was first established in 1559, or take a day trip to nearby Suzhou, which is famous throughout China for its classical gardens and temples.
Don’t forget to sample the city’s famous fare; Shanghai’s famous “soup dumplings” (xiao long bao), steamed dumplings filled with meat and broth, are not to be missed. Other samplings include rice cakes, crab pastries, fried noodles, endless varieties of dim sum, steamed Chinese mitten crabs, and gigantic “Lion’s head” meatballs.
TEFL Institute’s Shanghai campus is situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River. Classes typically meet from 1-8 PM Monday–Friday for four weeks, with some variations for practicum and workshops.
Students will complete 130 hours of coursework in a classroom covering topics which include speaking, listening, reading and grammar. In addition, students will complete 20 hours of practicum (student teaching, tutoring and/or observation) to gain additional hands-on experience.
TEFL Institute recommends a hostel just 15 minutes from the course with English-speaking staff to our students. The room options, subject to availability, include 8-bed dorm style rooms (~$7/night), 4-bed dorm style rooms (~$9/night), single private room with en-suite bathroom (~$26/night), king private room with en-suite bathroom (~$34/night), and deluxe private room with en-suite bathroom (~$44/night). There are other hostels and hotels nearby as well.
Shanghai has two airports: Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which accounts for the majority of its international flights, and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, which services mostly domestic flights. There are many commuter trains as well that travel within China.
Once in Shanghai, the best way to get around is with the Shanghai Metro, one of the fastest-growing metro systems in the world, and the Shanghai bus system, which, with over 1,000 bus lines, is the largest in the world. Taxis are also plentiful and cheap.
As a coastal city, Shanghai enjoys temperate 4-season weather. Winters are chilly and damp with rare snowfall, while summers are hot and humid with typhoons making occasional landfall. The most pleasant seasons are spring and fall.
Tuition DOES NOT Include:
TEFL Institute course fee
Job placement assistance
Pre-enrollment and departure advice
Assistance finding housing
Accommodation and meals
Travel to and from the course
Visa, if needed
Medical insurance (TEFL Institute can recommend medical insurance)