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“International Open Academy (IOA) Online TEFL/TESOL certification course review.”

International Open Academy (IOA) Online TEFL/TESOL certification course review.


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International Open Academy review, written by Steph.

International Open Academy (IOA) Online TEFL/TESOL certification course review.

Just not worth the money, even though you only pay $19 for the course. Just like throwing your money down the drain. Not as cheap as it first seems. They try to nickel and dime you for everything – so much so that you end up paying far far more and for a subpar product. The IOA site is prone to crashing and the course content is laughable at best. If something seems too good to be true then it invariably is. I just couldn’t take it anymore so just walked away from the course before the end. Sixth-sensed that IOA are fully aware of this and that they bank on people not complaining due to the extremely low course price. They just bank on people paying and then not completing the course and not bothering to ask for a refund. Not an outright scam, but verging on it. Decided to take my online TEFL with another company instead, for a slightly higher price tag of $300, and so far very satisfied. Still a hell of a lot cheaper than taking a residential TEFL.


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3 comments

  1. I purchased the 19usd package for tesol with IOA. I thought it was to go to be true. Turns out it is. They took my little 19usd and i never heard from them again. Just pay more and you guys will be fine, but for AOL, chamly etc they are all scam artist.

    1. Hi Vanessa, Thank you for your review and I am sorry to hear that you have found some issues while accessing your account or course.
      Please take the time to send us an email with your details to our customer support team through the contact page on our website, and we will do our best to address your questions or concerns. Kind Regards, Michael – IOA Team

  2. Michael,

    As you have been flooding TTR with spammy (essay-style) block-text comments, most of which have now been deleted, I’d like to take this opportunity to raise a couple of questions which have been raised online by some of International Open Academy’s graduates.

    1. The guaranteed 30-day refund policy.
    How exactly does this work?
    We have received reports that this refund policy doesn’t apply if a customer downloads the course materials- which kind of makes the policy pretty meaningless, seeing as though that’s the first action people will take when they do purchase the course.

    2. The physical copy of the certificate.
    A physical copy of a TEFL certificate is now required from teachers applying for work in China.
    Some International Open Academy graduates have complained that you only issue an electronic copy of the certificate. How exactly does this work?

    I also want to reconfirm what I wrote in my email reply to you. You are more than welcome to respond to reviews, by adding your comments, and we welcome this from all of the online TEFL schools listed on TTR. But we can’t publish copy and paste essay-style, block-text comments with duplicate content.

    Mia Williams

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