TEFL Course In Barcelona

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Hola! So you are interested in teaching English in Spain’s beautiful city of Barcelona?

Well, you have come to the right place as we have an internationally recognised and top-class TEFL course happening in the heart of Barcelona waiting for you and we would love to tell you all about it so stick around!

If you are thinking about teaching English in Spain then you have travel and adventure in your heart and you have a passion to try new things. Taking a TEFL course in Barcelona is the key that unlocks this dream and gives you the opportunity to live and work abroad somewhere new and exciting.

  • You will be trained by professionals to become an English teaching machine.
  • You will have complete teaching support from the staff and also get to do live teaching practice with Spanish ESL students.
  • The classes are in small groups where you can practice together and also hang out after class to explore Barcelona.

TEFL Barcelona is an incredibly popular TEFL course in Spain and has given many world travellers and explorers like you the opportunity to gain new skills and begin adventures abroad.

TEFL Barcelona Requirements

  • Must be fluent in the English language
  • Over the age of 18
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
  • Must complete the course and pass the assessments
  • Positive attitude & desire to travel to Barcelona

What this course will give you

  • 4 weeks of TEFL / TESOL training in Barcelona
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Course TEFL Certification
  • You get to practice teaching with Spanish ESL students
  • Refresher in English grammar and punctuation 
  • Classroom management
  • Job placement assistance in Spanish TEFL schools
  • Access to jobs in schools worldwide
  • Education theory

         Plus much, much more!

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When you have enough of living at home and working the same job and want a new life abroad.



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How much does the TEFL course in Barcelona cost?

The cost of the TEFL Certification in Barcelona, Spain, is only $1590

  • $550 Deposit + €900 Balance

Be sure to check the Currency Converter as prices do change daily.

(Deposit to be paid to secure your spot on the TEFL course in Barcelona, Spain. The balance must be paid in full before the TEFL course begins)

Refer a friend and they get a $50 discount and you get $100 sent straight to you with love!

Barcelona Dates 2022

  • April 18, 2022 – May 13, 2022
  • May 30 2022 – June 24, 2022
  • July 04, 2022 – July 29, 2022
  • August 08, 2022 – September 02, 2022
  • September 12, 2022 – October 07, 2022
  • October 17, 2022 – November 11, 2022
  • November 21, 2022 – December 16, 2022

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Can I teach English in Spain without a degree?

You can be hired by schools in Spain without a degree to teach English as a foreign language if you are a native English speaker. You will be required to have TEFL certification or even TESOL or CELTA certificates.

Some schools may require a degree but the demand for English teachers is so high in Spain that many English language centres do not have it as a requirement.

Taking a TEFL certification course will mean you have had training in how to teach English professionally and are familiar with teaching methods. So do not worry if you do not have or have not completed your degree. 

How much do TEFL teachers make in Spain?

First-time TEFL teachers can expect to make between €13-€21 ($14.01-$22.64 USD) per hour. Depending on how many hours you work, usually 25-40 hours, you can earn €1,400-€3,640 ($1,509.26-$3,924.07 USD) per month.

Quick example:

Min. €13 x 25 hrs = €325 p/w x 52wks = €16,900 / 12mths = €1,408.33 p/month

Max. €21 x 40 hrs = €840 p/w x 52wks = €43,680 / 12mths = €3,640 p/month

As you can see in the quick examples, even if you get the lowest salary and do the minimum amount of hours per week you still come out with a great salary.

If you could find TEFL jobs in Spain that offer the highest hourly rates and full-time a teaching week you could make incredible savings! These are obviously the hardest to find and you might have to fight off the other teachers.

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Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona TEFL course in Spain

Is Spain a good place to teach English?

Spain is one of the best countries to teach English because it has a great salary, good cost of living, plenty of teaching jobs and accommodation, beautiful weather and tapas! You can easily visit all other countries in Europe from Spain or even head over to Morocco. Relaxed, safe and cultured you can’t go wrong with Spain!

Whatever city you decide to teach in, you can experience Spanish/ Iberian life in cities like Madrid, Seville, Murcia and Bilbao. Head for a beach holiday in Valencia or Malaga or head up north to Barcelona for a hit of the Catalan culture.

Do I need to speak Spanish to teach English in Spain?

You do not have to speak Spanish to teach English in Spain. Many teachers use their time in Spain to learn or practice Spanish but it is not a requirement. We encourage teachers to take Spanish lessons to help you with day to day tasks like going shopping or ordering food.

You will find living and working in Spain that you will begin picking up the lingo without even knowing it!

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Are English teachers in demand in Spain?

There is a huge demand for English teachers in Spain currently. Tourism is one of Spain’s biggest forms of income. With many from English speaking countries, most other nationalities use English when abroad in Spain as their way to communicate with the Spanish people.

As the pandemic stopped many people from travelling it stopped many English teachers from going to Spain to work. Now is the perfect time to go as schools are crying out for teachers.

Plaça Reial – 🇪🇸 Barcelona by Jack Destexhe

Can you save money teaching English in Spain?

It is very easy to save money in Spain as you will have a good salary and it is a very affordable place to live. If you choose a larger city like Madrid or Barcelona you can expect prices to be a bit higher than in smaller cities and towns but decide on the type of lifestyle you want in Spain before deciding where to live so you can save.

You have two options: Spend money shopping on the High Streets with the top brands, eat out every night, rent an apartment in the city centre to yourself and go out every weekend. As in any country, you won’t save much this way but you’ll have a pretty good time. 

Alternatively, you could shop at local markets and cook the freshest local produce from home, live just outside the city centre or share housing and meet new friends and do some travelling at the weekend and still have an amazing time.

But, whether you save or splurge, it’s not my job to tell you how to live, you know what you want to do so go for it, either way, it will be one hell of an experience!

Should I teach English in Barcelona or Madrid?

If you want the authentic Spanish experience then it doesn’t matter which you choose as both Madrid and Barcelona are fantastic cities with endless things to do and see. What I will do is list a few pros and cons of each so you can have an idea of what suits your desire.

Barcelona is the main tourist destination for a reason. It has many famous sites and things to do and beaches to relax on. They speak Catalan Spanish and have authentic food that you may not find in other parts of Spain. Barcelona is more expensive than Madrid because it gets more tourists. Being by the Mediterranean, many cruise ships stop here daily which is great for the city and gives it a nice busy vibe, especially on Las Ramblas.

Madrid is the capital and bustling constantly but is quieter than Barcelona as it is far away from the coast which also means no beaches. Still, it has amazing food and one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe! Madrid is more affordable which is an important factor to consider when living abroad.

Remember, you are not stuck to these two cities. Once you get your TEFL certificate you can choose any city, town or village to go teach English.

Aerial view of Barcelona City, Spain

Will I have time to explore Barcelona?

Though this is an intensive course where you will be in-class or doing live teaching practicum Monday to Friday full-time, you will still have the evenings and weekends free to explore Barcelona or visit nearby cities and towns so you can have the best experience possible.

There are optional excursions and trips you can do with the course and other TEFL teachers:

  • Barcelona city tours
  • Wine tasting tours
  • Spanish language classes

It is important to remember that you will have assignments, homework and quizzes to study and prepare for during the course. You should use the 4 weeks as the step up you need to stay in Spain long-term and then you can go party and explore to your heart’s content for as long as you wish to stay abroad in Spain or Europe.

How to get a Visa as a US Citizen to teach English in Spain?

The most common and easiest way is to apply for a Student Visa before you come to Spain. When you enrol in a Spanish language course part-time you are entitled to a student visa that allows you to work full-time as an English teacher.

Once you enrol in the course I can assist you throughout the entire process. The Barcelona team have been doing this for a very long time so they will be able to help you every step of the way, it’s almost like it’s their job or something.

So get in touch, sign up and we can get the paperwork started and get you on your way to sunny Barcelona!

American woman sitting on Gaudi architecture in Barcelona Spain
street performers in Barcelona with four people standing on each others shoulders

Is it worth teaching English in Spain?

Teaching English in Spain is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Whether you plan on teaching there for a few months, for a gap year or as a lifelong career, you will love every minute of it as it is an exhilarating country with great people, closet the rest of Europe and best of all, it isn’t home!

Because you are living abroad every day feels like a vacation which is the best feeling. Every day you will have new experiences and learn new things. It beats staying at home and working in the same town you’ve known your whole life.

Until you try working abroad you will never understand the feeling you get every day, it’s a rush I cannot describe!

Beautiful hotel in Barcelona

Accommodation and Housing in Barcelona

Once you are enrolled on the course we can assist you with accommodation. The TEFL course in Barcelona has been running for a long which means there are relationships built with local housing agencies and families that give you a lot to choose from all within walking distance or by public transport.

If you want to go your own route that is no problem. Some TEFL teachers prefer to stay with Spanish families. You get an authentic family atmosphere, practice your Spanish and it is much cheaper also!

If you want your own space or to share with others then check out these popular accommodation websites for short term or long term lets in Barcelona:

How to find TESOL/ TEFL jobs in Spain?

You can apply for TEFL jobs in Spain online, by visiting the local schools in person or allowing us to set up interviews with schools for you. Once you are in the TEFL course we begin contacting schools in your preferred cities and towns to arrange interviews for you upon completing the course.

We cannot guarantee the school will hire you after the interview. That is up to you to impress them and prove to them why they should hire you, as with any job interview.

Most schools in Spain know about this TEFL course in Barcelona and respect the high standard that comes with it. Having your TEFL certification from a well-known course is definitely an advantage.

Casa Batlló by Gaudi architecture Barcelona

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família – 🇪🇸 Barcelona by Jeremy Deibo

TEFL Course Barcelona vs TESOL Course Barcelona

You will most likely only find TEFL courses in Barcelona as TEFL means teaching English as a foreign language. In Barcelona, English is the foreign language. 

TESOL courses are generally found in English speaking countries. TESOL means teaching English as a second language. They are intended to teach English to non-native English speakers living in English speaking countries as their new second language.

You may be thinking that that makes no sense and that they are pretty much the same thing but teaching TEFL in a country means all the students are from the same language and culture. Whereas teaching TESOL can be with students of all different languages and cultures mixed into one classroom.

Also, TEFL is preferred by schools all around the world which is why people wanting to travel abroad to work choose a TEFL certification course.

Best way to sign up for in-class TEFL courses in Barcelona

The best way to sign up and begin your teaching adventure in Barcelona is to pick a trusted company, apply and do an interview with them. Interviews are important to show the TEFL providers that you are fluent in the English language and are serious about teaching English abroad. If you are then you will happily be chosen to begin a TEFL course in Barcelona and begin your journey.

Here is where I am supposed to tell you to choose us because we are the best but I would rather tell you to do your research and choose the company that is best for your needs and that makes you feel comfortable.

If that is us, then that would be amazing but we will help you get to Barcelona whether you choose us or not because it is about travelling and helping others learn and that is rewarding in itself.

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