We look at the best ways to fund a CELTA course, save a little money and take advantage of funding options all around the world.
Ask any English teacher with the CELTA, and they’ll tell you that the course essentially pays for itself with a little time.
That’s easy for them to say.
In hindsight, spending your hard-earned money on the course is always a brilliant idea: it opens doors to some of the world’s most reputed language schools, and with them come better benefits, better resources and better pay.
But those who haven’t quite taken the CELTA plunge yet can find themselves balking at the often hefty price tag – it’s difficult to fork out well over a thousand pounds, euros or dollars on a teacher training course.
StudyCELTA offers courses in around 100 locations across the world after over 20 years in the industry, so you could say we’ve been around the block – or the globe – a few times. It’s with that knowledge and experience in hand that we’ve put together this guide to funding options and ideas for the CELTA course. So let’s see if we can help get you on a course or save you a little money:
Minimum repayments on a credit card
There are still plenty of options for low or no interest cards out there, no matter what the financial climate is. By paying for the CELTA course on a credit card, and making the monthly minimum repayments, you’ve effectively designed your own self-moderated loan scheme. Clever you!
Most of our CELTA teacher training centres around the world will happily accept credit cards as a form of payment.
If this bank loan option or the credit card option isn’t available to you, and you have been accepted onto a CELTA course but lacking in the funds department in the immediate term, speak to your tutors about paying for the course in instalments, as this occasionally can be an option.
Ask your bank – a loan is an excellent option, if needed
If you are looking at a way of spreading out the cost of the CELTA course, one of the best things to do is to get in touch with your bank. It may sound obvious, but many people are not accustomed to this approach and may find it a little daunting. If you have good credit rating, a bank loan to cover the cost of the CELTA course, paid back in instalments is a positive route if you are looking for how to cover the initial outlay for the cost of the CELTA course. The CELTA centres have overheads to cover for every CELTA course they run, so paying your full course fees this way is a way to give you financial breathing space and ensure you have a positive relationship with your chosen centre.
Consider an online CELTA course
A very sizeable cost that needs to be taken into consideration when taking the face-to-face CELTA course is the cost of accommodation as well as other living expenses such as food and transport. One way of saving money is to simply take the CELTA course via the comfort of your own home, with an online CELTA course. So why not check out upcoming online CELTA courses, either by time zone or by date. Remember, you can take an online CELTA course via anywhere in the world, so don’t feel restricted to your own particular time zone!
For candidates from some locations, there may also be additional help available. For this we have compiled the below list of different funding sources that could be available to you:
Different countries and some available funding routes for candidates with certain countries of residence/nationality*:
The below items list is an ongoing project. If you have a clever idea for funding or would just like some more information on financing in your country, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Welsh government offers up this scheme specifically for residents of Wales (with the right to live and work in the UK) who’ve been made redundant in the last 12 months or are currently employed and under formal notice of redundancy, or those aged 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training. The funding is designed to help applicants acquire new skills to find employment, with tailored support to get them into employment in the shortest time possible.
Possibly one of the most generous professional development fund providers in Europe, the Pôle Emploi is a common option for unemployed residents, looking to train in a new field.
If you reside and have been working in France, but now find yourself unemployed or are working on a freelance basis, you can easily apply for the Pôle Emploi to fund your CELTA. In fact, our four teaching training centres in France; Brittany, Lyon, Strasbourg, and Auvergne assist several trainees each year in obtaining this funding, and can provide you with all the necessary documentation in French.
If you’re already working at a language school in Spain, but don’t yet have the CELTA, then you may be able to convince your employer to apply for this funding on your behalf. The idea behind the funding is to improve the standard of employees at existing companies, so, in this case, improving the quality of English teachers with the CELTA certificate.
Employment and Social Development Funding
The Canadian human resources department offers a variety of job training initiatives to upgrade the skills of the country’s youth and unemployed. Employment Insurance (EI) provides a number of benefits for unemployed Canadian residents to upgrade their skills, and there’s even an option to withdraw funds from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to pay for a course, as part of the lifelong learning plan (LLP).
Workforce Development Agency funding
Singaporean citizens and permanent residents can obtain funding for more than half their CELTA courses costs through a scheme run by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA). After completing your course, you can even access the WDA’s jobs bank, where several positions for English teachers are in constant rotation.
Training Support Grant
Irish citizens who are job seekers can use the Training Support Grant from the Irish Government to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions – this may potentially be used for the CELTA in one of the Irish locations. This would be something to discuss with the CELTA course tutor at the interview stage – they will be able to advise on the required paperwork for the Training Support Grant application.
* Remember, the details of these schemes may change, so if you are interested in any of these, please be sure to check the scheme out further independently.
Apply early – Early Birds catch the discount worm!
Another option for those who want to secure a place on a course, but need some extra time to scrape the funds together, is to submit your application as early as possible. Some of our locations have already released dates well into next year, and it’s never too early to get your name on the list. You only need to pay a small deposit once accepted – usually in the vicinity of 10-20% – and then you have the whole lead up to the course to save your pennies. Another bonus is that you can take advantage of Early Bird offers for courses, available via many of the locations we work with. These Early Bird Prices are usually available for candidates who pay their course fee around a month or so before the course start date.
It’s not just Early Bird offers. Some courses offer different extra incentives you can take advantage of, from free pre-course preparation packages to Bring a Friend discounts!
Ask your employer to subsidise your course
Many potential CELTA trainees may be working in a language school of some kind already. Something that a number of trainees who have come through StudyCELTA have done is arrange with their employer (the language school) to fund their CELTA course. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement. The school gets a better, more skilful and more confident teacher. You, as the trainee, acquire a whole array of teaching tools and move your teaching level to the next level. Last, but not least, your students get better English lessons and improve their English level much more quickly. This will encourage more students to enrol in the school…
It is definitely worth discussing with your current employee if you are in a situation similar to this. You may even be able to persuade an employer that is not a language school too!