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TEFL course

The CTEFL training center is a Via Lingua franchise and functions within the Benedict School – the biggest and most popular language school in the city.

Via Lingua is a member of IATEFL (International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language) with 10 centres in 8 countries spread across 3 continents. Via Lingua is currently the world’s third largest provider of TEFL courses. It prepares and examines candidates for the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL).

The Benedict School Saint Petersburg’ is the only teaching center in Saint Petersburg providing a TEFL course. The center is conveniently located in the heart of the city, near the Winter Palace on the river Neva. Culture, entertainment and shopping facilities are all within walking distance.

Benedict School Saint Petersburg has been providing the TEFL course since 2002.
We have more than 130 satisfied graduates of various nationalities including British, American, Australian and African. We offer TEFL certificate courses at fixed dates 4 times a year. No previous teaching experience or special qualifications are required. The only requirement is fluency in English.

Our customer service means that visa invitation, registration and accommodation arrangements are sorted out for you along with any potential problems.

Saint Petersburg is an excellent choice for students of Russia’s historical, sociological and cultural heritage. Residents are well-known for their ‘classical’ knowledge of spoken Russian and eager to help visitors in need of language practice. The city has the services, clubs, parks and palaces to rival any European capital with a substantially lower cost of living. You will never run out of things to do in Saint Petersburg, but if you are stuck for an idea we also organize cultural programmes for our students with healthy discounts.

Architectural gems like Pskov and Novgorod are easily reachable as day trips or by overnight train and bus.

Over the last twenty years, we have enabled students to speak good Russian in a short period of time and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Considering that there is such a significant demand for teachers around the world with TEFL job opportunities available in almost every country, TEFL therefore offers a combination of employment with a truly exceptional opportunity to experience other cultures and languages.

Why CTEFL in Saint Petersburg
As the cost of living is considerably lower in St Petersburg than in other major European cities, the Center is able to offer the course at a very competitive price. Savings made on items such as accommodation, food, drinks and entertainment over the 4-week term are additional benefits of attending the course in Saint Petersburg. Trainees studying in St Petersburg have the chance to experience not only the feeling of living and working abroad, but also get acquainted with Russian culture.
As the Center is housed at the Benedict School trainees have a good opportunity to see the way a language school operates, and to meet and talk with experienced teachers actually working in the industry. It is possible to find a job on the spot at the Benedict School, or to find a position in a country of your choice through Via Lingua contacts after the successful course completion.


Our trainers

Our trainers are the native-speakers with an obligatory period of work in Russia and Russian highly qualified teaching instructors with international work background. They have experience in teaching students of different levels and age groups.



We can provide our students with the invitations for visa.
All visas should be obtained in the local Embassies or Consulates of The Russian Federation in your countries of origin.


TEFL 2021
1st February Ч 26th February
31st May Ч 25th June
30th AugustЧ 24th September
4th OctoberЧ 29th October


CORSE FEES FOR 2020 И 1400.00 for foreign students. 950 euros for Russians. B&B ACCOMMODATION 28 000 roubles.
A non-refundable deposit of И275 is required. The course fees must be paid in full not later than 2 weeks before the course beginning.


"I completed my TEFL certification with Benedict School in May and June of 2016. Overall, I found it to be a very positive and useful experience. As a native speaker, I didnТt possess a very deep knowledge of the intricacies of English grammar before starting the course, much less how to actually explain them to students. However, by the end of the course, I felt confident in my ability to teach effectively and have been teaching professionally ever since finishing with my certification. TEFL is an intensive course that packs a considerable bounty of information into a four-week training session, but the instructors were all very knowledgeable and helpful, and there is plenty of practice in preparing for lessons and the act of teaching itself. I would recommend the TEFL course to anyone interested in exploring a career in English teaching."