Preguntas Frecuentes

Cursos de Idiomas en el exterior

驴C贸mo determino mi nivel y por cu谩nto tiempo me puedo inscribir en un curso de idiomas?

Nuestros estudiantes reciben un diagn贸stico de nivel 聽previo cuando confirman la inscripci贸n, una vez viajan el primer d铆a de clases son evaluados y asignados a un grupo con nivel similar.

En nuestrocotizadorpodr谩s seleccionar cursos en rangos de 4 hasta 40 semanas teniendo en cuenta la duraci贸n promedio de cada nivel sin embargo puedes reservar el n煤mero de semanas que desees desde 2 hasta 52 semanas. Al finalizar el curso obtendr谩s un certificado del nivel alcanzado.

驴Que pasos debo seguir para confirmar mi inscripci贸n?

Una vez obtengas la cotizaci贸n del programa seleccionado y hayas validado la informaci贸n con un asesor debes pagar el valor de la inscripci贸n para recibir la carta de aceptaci贸n, la factura del programa y las instrucciones para continuar con el proceso incluyendo el visado y los pagos restantes.聽

驴Debo pagar el valor total del alojamiento antes de iniciar el programa?

Todos los datos se帽alados en la selecci贸n del programa y confirmados en la inscripci贸n para la emisi贸n de la factura deben ser abonados antes de iniciar el viaje. Una opci贸n para pagar el alojamiento por cuotas es reservar las primeras 4 semanas y acogerse a un plan de pagos mensual.

驴ISSO me ofrece los mismos costos y promociones que si acudo a directamente a la instituci贸n educativa seleccionada?

Si, Ofrecemos una pol铆tica de mejor precio garantizado. Nuestros precios聽 son iguales al mejor descuento autorizado por la instituci贸n y en algunos casos tenemos promociones adicionales no publicadas o la posibilidad de inscribirse en los meses de agosto y septiembre para iniciar con la tarifa vigente el curso en el a帽o siguiente.

驴C贸mo comprar?

Una vez obtengas la cotizaci贸n del programa seleccionado y hayas validado la informaci贸n con un asesor debes pagar el valor de la inscripci贸n para recibir la carta de aceptaci贸n, la factura del programa y las instrucciones para continuar con el proceso incluyendo el visado y los pagos restantes.

驴Con que frecuencia inician los cursos?

Depende del tipo de curso y de la instituci贸n educativa. Algunos programas de idiomas 聽inician todos los lunes excepto cuando en destino es lunes festivo, algunos cursos tienen fechas fijas聽 mensuales o incluso trimestrales por esta raz贸n es conveniente iniciar los tramites con anticipaci贸n y tener en cuenta que los procesos de visados pueden tardar hasta 1 mes.

驴Qu茅 actividades puedo realizar despu茅s de clases o en mi tiempo libre?

Cada instituci贸n tiene un calendarios diferente de actividades semanales o mensuales para que los estudiantes puedan programar que hacer en su tiempo libre, algunas tienen un costo y otras son gratuitas,聽 algunos ejemplos de dichas actividades son; clubes de conversaci贸n, proyecci贸n de pel铆culas, visita a museos y lugares tur铆sticos, asistencia a eventos deportivos, conciertos, teatro, viajes de fin de semana etc鈥

驴Por cuanto tiempo puedo obtener la visa solicitada para estudiar?

Cada pa铆s tiene diferentes normas y las embajadas proceden a otorgar la visa de estudiante dependiendo de la duraci贸n del curso y algunas semanas de vacaciones. En ISSO te brindamos toda la informaci贸n necesaria para aplicar correctamente teniendo en cuenta la regulaci贸n vigente de cada uno de los diferentes destinos.聽

驴Qu茅 otros servicios me ofrece ISSO?

Programas en Colombia聽a trav茅s de nuestro centro de idiomas y los 铆tems descritos en el link聽servicios聽como聽visados, orientaci贸n gratuita, seguros de asistencia m茅dica, traducciones oficiales, Financiaci贸n聽y los聽servicios complementarios聽ISSOplus ofrecidos por inscribirse en alguno de nuestros cursos, orientaci贸n en la selecci贸n de alojamiento, traslados en destino, tiquetes a茅reos, evaluaci贸n de ingl茅s y cursos preparatorios, seguimiento, plan referidos, safe-pack de viaje, carne estudiantil, cr茅dito Skype, tarjetas de llamadas, gu铆a para cambio de divisas y retiro de dinero y transferencias en destino.聽聽聽聽

TEFL/TESOL

Where can I teach with a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

ISSO /Ilac TEFL/TESOL certificate is International and you can teach anywhere in the world. The TEFL/TESOL certificate validates you as an English teacher under international standards.

Why should I take a TEFL/TESOL certification course?

Teachers who are already working and want to certify their knowledge in the ELT field, wish to travel for a couple of years, or are considering English teaching as a mean of funding their travels.

What is a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language.
Our TEFL/TESOL Certificate program is internationally recognized. This allows you to teach English abroad in the majority of private and public schools, language centers and universities around the world.

Is this program certification International?

Our program is offered in association with Ilac 鈥 International Language Academy of Canada with centers in Toronto and Vancouver. Ilac is Canada鈥檚 largest language center. ILAC麓s programs programs are also accredited and registered at Canadian Language Council, CAPLS, and TEFL board.

Is one kind of TEFL/TESOL certificate better than another?

Many companies worldwide offer TEFL certification courses. Whilst there isn鈥檛 just one international moderating or validating body for the issue of TEFL certificates, there are certain strict internationally accepted guidelines (laid down by such bodies as BATQI, Canadian Language Council, Ministries of Education etc.) which regulate the industry. In order to fulfill these guidelines, any TEFL course MUST include the following:

100 hours of tuition, usually over a period of 4-8 weeks.
10 hours of classroom teaching practice.
10 hours of class observation.

What should I know to choose where to take the certification?

Where and with whom you choose to take your certification course is obviously a very important choice. Don鈥檛 rush into a decision. It is, of course, an advantage to take your course in or near to the location where you plan on first working afterwards. It鈥檚 important to remember that employers will want you to have had as much practical face-to-face teaching experience as possible in the country of choice.

What will I learn?

During the four weeks or seven weeks of a TEFL course, we teach you the techniques of classroom management and teaching skills. You鈥檒l study and discuss every aspect of teaching with highly qualified and experienced trainers. You will learn to know how to correct errors of students in a proper way. You cannot and will not emerge from this course as a person with nothing more to learn about the teaching of the English Language. What we will do give you the necessary skills and confidence to start you out.

Which countries am I likely to be able to find work in?

If you are a Colombian with this certificate, you will be able to apply to any teaching English position. The opportunities vary enormously from country to country. Greece is the biggest TEFL-teaching market in the world. In Germany, Italy or Portugal, finding work is generally easy. Teachers prefer to first gain some valuable experience by teaching in Eastern Europe or Asia for 6-12 months before trying to break into the EU market 鈥 Prague is a favorite starting location. Once you have one or two decent references on your CV/resume, many more doors will open up.

Why should I choose Colombia?

Colombia abounds with experiences that will forever change your life. It is a very diverse country full of nature, mountains, the Amazon jungle, rain forest, modern cities, two oceans (Caribbean Sea in the North and The Pacific Ocean in the West), shopping centers, sports venues and much more. Bogota: our capital with almost 7 million people. Cali: in the south with almost 3 million people. Medellin: in the North with almost the same number in population and Barranquilla with almost 2 million people in the north coast of the country. Colombia grows one of the finest coffees in the world. For more information and a promotional video about Colombia,聽

Why should I choose ISSO?

ISSO聽in agreement with聽Ilac聽is been offering this program since 2006 and is one of the best established TEFL/TESOL certification providers in Colombia; Certificating over a 1000 teachers from several cities of Colombia; Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellin, Cauca and Many more.

You will also receive a comprehensive job guidance and placement service during and after the course. This includes training in writing a TEFL CV/resume, information on the TEFL world and job market in general, interview techniques, and individual job guidance sessions with our on-site job guidance counselor, and lifelong job assistance on request. Once you are an ISSO/ILAC graduate, you are always an ISSO/ILAC graduate. We hope to continue to be both informed of and involved in all aspects of your future teaching career.

How much can I earn?

In Colombia, teachers are well paid. A teacher can earn up to $1,200 USD on a monthly bases (bilingual schools), some Universities and language centers pay per hour and the going rate is about $10 USD an hour (average). Wages vary enormously from country to country, though in general, the standard of living you can expect as a teacher of English is a good one. Throughout the relatively cheap countries of Eastern Europe, wages are well above the national average and usually between USD/EUR 500 and 1000 net monthly. In pricier Western European countries such as France or Germany, they will be double or even treble this figure, though you may find that your standard of living remains the same. In many countries in Asia, it鈥檚 possible to earn much higher wages (up to EUR/USD 3000 per month) or in lucrative markets such as Saudi Arabia, even more still.
Many schools will also help you out with accommodation and either pay your air-fare or a further month鈥檚 salary as bonus on completion of your contract. Full and more specific details of any country or area which particularly appeals to you will be discussed with you in detail during your TEFL/TESOL course at the ISSO/ILAC center you choose.

What if I have more questions?

Write, email or telephone ISSO 鈥 International Student Services Org.: 57-2-524 4776 or e mail at聽tefl1@estudiosexterior.com

Spanish Courses

Do I need a minimum Spanish level to start the course?

No, you don鈥檛 need a minimum level. Our program is designed for any level and you can start from the basics or once you get a placement test you can also start at an inter-media or advance level.

Do you offer accommodations?

We will guide you through the process to get you accommodations according to your needs. Hotel, hostels, furnished apartments etc.

Can I apply for a student visa to take an Spanish course with your Company?

Yes, you can have a student visa if you are going to stay more than 6 months and taking classes every day that is equal to 300 hours of class.

How intensive is the Spanish course that you offer?

We offer personalized programs based on your needs and your availability so how intensive depends on how focused and how fast you want to improve your skills, we recommend to聽contact us聽for more detail information.

Does the price of the Spanish course include the books?

If you are going to book 4 levels of Spanish course the textbook is included, for courses less than that you will have to pay for it.

How much does the texts or books cost?

The Price for the textbook US$40 and it covers 4 levels.

How much is the private Spanish course?

We charge US$18 per hour, but depending how many hours and levels you are going to take we can offer you special discounts.

What weekdays can I take Spanish lessons at your location?
– From Mon-Fri from 8:00 -6:00PM

– Saturday from 9:00 鈥 12:00 PM

What locations do you offer for Spanish courses in Colombia?

We are based in Cali but we can arrange classes in Bogota and other cities in Colombia.

Do you offer pick up airport service?

Yes, we offer this service.

How much do you charge for pickup service?

The price varies according to the City from usd $7 to usd $30.

What other services do you offer if I take the Spanish course with your company?

We guide you with city attractions, salsa classes, places to go sightsee etc鈥 We coordinate airport Pick up service with bilingual drivers.

 

How many hours can be taken on daily bases?

Classes can be taken from 1.5 hours up to 5 hours daily from Monday 鈥揊riday and Saturday mornings.

 

Do I get a certificate at the end of the program?

Yes, based on the progress you reach during the program you will receive a certificate of you level at the end of the course.

 

How do I know what is my Spanish level before I starting the program?

You will take a placement test and be interviewed by one of our teachers鈥 trough skype or in person once you arrived.

 

What other programs do you offer that I can benefit of?

Many of our students have taken Our聽Teacher Training certificate program (TEFL-TESOL)聽this will give you the opportunity to teach English in our country or all around the world and is which running in conjunction with Ilac Canada and is internationally recognized.

 

What is the average cost for accommodation, food and transportation?

For our聽Spanish course in Cali聽you will find;聽Accommodations options: between US40 and US75 per night at a standard hotel, there are many options close to our center, once you get here you can find host family accommodation for US200 to US300 per month.聽聽Food: you may find average meal in Cafeterias: US3.5to US5, fast food US5 to US7,聽Restaurants: US7 to US10.聽Transportations: Cali has a good service of public transportation (MIO) the average fair is less than US1 and taxi rides are according to the distance. But the lowest is US2.50 up to US10.

 

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