TEFL Course in Damascus
An incredible destination for a TEFL course
Teach English in Damascus
An incredible destination for a TEFL course
TESOL Course in Damascus
What can be said about Damascus that you don’t already know?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Damascus, the capital of Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It has occupied a position of importance in fields such as science, culture, politics, art & commerce, and industry starting at the earliest time. It has been called Al-Fayha’a (the fragrant city), Al-Sham, Jollaq, and Pearl of Orient as Emperor Julian named it. It was mentioned in the Holy Qur’an as the many-columns city of Aram, “…who’s like has never been built in the land…”.

Nowadays, Damascus is a living museum spanning thousands of years. A city measuring time not by hours, days, months, or years but by empire whose rise and fall it has seen.

Some of the most important landmarks in Damascus are Umayyad Mosque, Azem Palace, St. Ananias Church, Damascus Citadel, old souqs like Al-Hamidieyeh and Midhat Pasha, Bimarstan Al-Nory, Saladin’s Tomb, St. Paul Church, and Al-Takieh Al-Suleimaniyeh.


Our TEFL training center in Damascus is accommodated at AURELIA for Student Services. It’s a professional, academic firm under the management of Netcom Systems, with global recognition and reputation – they provide help and advice to International Students who pursue higher education abroad and professionals who want to immigrate to their countries around the world.

They believe that education is a fundamental right, and everyone should have access to quality higher education. With this view in mind, they strive to create opportunities for those who have genuine aspirations and honest intentions, and who seek excellent quality in tuition, professional services, qualifications, and career prospects post-qualification.

Mission statement
Their mission is to place genuine education-minded graduates at genuine education providers. They aim to take leadership in the student consultancy industry, Immigration sector, and set examples for others with their distinguished quality of services for students and education providers. They strive to uphold the excellence of higher education and immigration by providing inclusive, competent, and professional support to graduates and educational institutions.

Their vision
To successfully place students for the course at an institution in the best interest of the student or their profile.
To promote the all-around development of student’s abilities and personalities and empower their potential.
To provide effortless and distinctive quality immigration services and commit to improving continually.
To maintain a high standard of professionalism, performance, and quality to establish exemplary excellence in higher education, and work together with prospective students and overseas colleges, universities, and associated organizations.


Education in Syria is free and compulsory from ages 6 to 12. Schooling consists of 6 years of primary education followed by a 3-year general  vocational training period and a 3-year academic or vocational program. The second 3-year period of academic training is required for university admission. Total enrollment at post-secondary schools is over 150,000. The literacy rate of Syrians aged 15 and older is 90.7% for males and 82.2% for females.
Teaching English in Syria has dramatically improved during the last few years. As the country learned more and more about the importance of English, most Syrian schools teach English early on when students are four or five years old. There are even kindergartens that teach their young students English. Of course, there may be regional differences between people, but we can say that all people learn English starting when they are six. Teaching English in Syria is possible in local private schools, international schools, language centers, and NGO’s.

Prerequisites for Teaching in Syria
Foreign teachers need to have a work permit. To apply for that in your home country, you must have a BA/BS in a related field and an iTTi TEFL Certificate with Teaching Practicum. As schools like to see teaching experience, don’t go for the least expensive online course. This will not work in Syria. Your prospective school must support you with the visa application paperwork just like it is in other countries.

If you are a non-native speaker, your level of English must be perfect in order to be competitive. What is perfect? Level C1 or C2—not only in speaking but also in writing. If you are unsure, ask for our free proficiency test and learn how you can improve your performance if required.

Teaching Opportunities
There are positions in public schools, language centers, vocational schools, universities, and international schools.

Contract Length
Teaching contracts are usually one year but tend to become longer to 2-3 years with a bonus at the end of the time.

Salary & Benefits
Salaries for teaching English in Syria often range from $22,000 – $26,000 USD per year, considerably more for administrators. Compensation packages usually include housing or a housing allowance along with relocation money and end of contract bonuses.   They include accommodation, flights, private health insurance. Overall, Syria may not top the pay scale in the Middle East, but you can be sure that they give you everything to make your life comfortable.

Healthcare System in Syria
Syria’s health system is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health. The system is relatively decentralized and focuses on offering primary healthcare at three levels: village, district, and provincial. As a result of the war, about 50% of healthcare facilities were damaged. Syria is trying to overcome the damages caused by the war and rebuilt medical facilities.

Out-of-pocket payments represent the leading source of healthcare financing in Syria. In 2008, out-of-pocket payments made up 61% of the total per capita expenditure on health in the country. The majority of these costs go to private healthcare providers. If you teach in Syria, your school will generally provide private health insurance coverage for you. That said, this is at the employer’s discretion as well as your agreement with the school. Check the terms of your contract.

There are lots of pharmacies in the Damascus, many of which work six days a week (no Saturday). Pharmacies generally work from 8 am to 3 pm. You can call +963 11 221 1461 to find one or check the following website  www.dam-pharmacy.com.

You should have no trouble finding important medications in Syria; however, some prescription drugs that are widely used in other countries may be illegal in Syria. Check on prohibited medications with the Syrian consulate in your country before departure.

Important Emergency Numbers
Syria’s primary emergency number is 112. It will connect you to the police and should be enough in most emergency situations. Other important numbers include:

  • Ambulance: 110
  • Fire department: 113
    All of the above numbers are toll-free.
    When you call the emergency hotline in Syria, be prepared that you will be answered in Arabic. English and other-language-speaking operators may not be available upon request. With that, having an Arabic speaker by your side when you call the hotline can be very helpful.

    Culture in the Syria
    Syria is a traditional society with a long cultural history.  Importance is placed on family, religion, education, self-discipline and respect. The Syrian’s taste for the traditional arts is expressed in dances such as the al-Samah, the Dabkeh in all their variations and the sword dance. Marriage ceremonies are occasions for the lively demonstration of folk customs.

    Languages Spoken
    Arabic is the official language of Syria and is the most widely spoken language in the country.  Several modern Arabic dialects are used in everyday life, most notably Levantine in the west and Mesopotamian in the northeast.
    In addition to Arabic, the following languages are spoken in the country, in order of the number of speakers: Kurdish, Turkish, Neo-Aramaic (four dialects), Circassian, Chechen, Armenian, and finally Greek.  None of these languages has official status.

    English and French are also spoken by Syrian citizens, mostly in urban centers and among the educated.

    Religion in Syria refers to the range of religions practiced by the citizens of Syria. Historically, the region has been a mix of diverse faiths with a range of different sects within each of these religious communities. The majority of Syrians are Muslims, of which the Sunnis are the most numerous (formed mostly of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, and Circassians), followed by the Shia groups (particularly Alawites, Isma’ilis and Twelver Shi’ism), and Druzes.  In addition, there are several Christian minorities (including Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Armenian Orthodox, Armenian Catholics, Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholics, Nestorians, Chaldeans, Maronites, Latin Catholics and Protestants)
    There is also a small Jewish and Yazidi community. Syria guarantees freedom of religion.

    Food & Drinks
    Syrian cuisine is a Middle Eastern cuisine that includes the cooking traditions and practices of modern Syria, merging the habits of people who settled in Syria throughout its history.

    Syrian cuisine mainly uses eggplant, zucchini, garlic, meat (mostly from lamb and sheep), sesame seeds, rice, chickpeas, fava beans, lentils, cabbage, cauliflower, vine leaves, pickled turnips, cucumbers, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, mint, pistachios, honey and fruits.

    Since the beginning of the 21st century, selections of appetizers known as mezze have customarily been served along with Arabic bread before the Syrian meal’s main course, which is followed by coffee, with sweet confections or fruits at will. Many recipes date from at least the 13th century.
  • TEFL Courses in Damascus fill up quickly!



    Total tuition: US $1,500

    Deposit: $500, due at registration.

    Balance payment: $1,000 due five business days before the first course date.

    The entire four-week TEFL course takes place in one of the many TEFL training centers. Students learn everything with a trainer face to face. The program comes with daily practical teaching of non-speakers of English over three weeks. The TEFL trainer observes the classes and coaches the prospective teacher to higher levels of performance.

    Teaching Practicum Dates

  • 4 April – 13 April 2023
  • 2 May – 11 May 2023
  • 30 May – 9 June 2023
  • 4 July – 13 July 2023
  • 1 August – 10 August 2023
  • 5 September – 14 September 2023


    75% on-line/25% on-site training

    Total tuition: US $1,200

    Deposit: $500, due at registration.

    Balance payment: $700 due five business days before start of the Teaching Practicum.

    This TEFL program has the same content as the on-site program. The theory of teaching English is studied on-line with a tutor. Upon completion of the online part, students go to the TEFL training center for seven days and practice teaching English under the supervision of an experienced TEFL trainer.

    Teaching Praticum Dates

    Course Dates
    5 June - 3 July 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00
    3 July - 7 August 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00
    7 August - 11 September 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00
    11 September - 16 October 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00
    16 October - 20 November 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00
    20 November - 25 December 2023
    Night Session
    6:00 – 9:00 
    Morning Session
    10:00 – 1:00

    Meet Our iTTi TEFL Syria Team

    For the past ten years, Randy Santiago has been helping to improve operations and drive company growth as the CEO of Netcom Systems also known as the IDP IELTS Lebanon, and a group of companies – Continuing Education Center in the United Arab Emirates, Aurelia Company in Syria, and Netcom Systems in Iraq. He came to the company in 2010. He was tasked with providing leadership and instruction to help turn the company around. From day one, he started meeting with a variety of institutions and international sponsors to negotiate academic programs for the teachers and students. He has an excellent record of achieving academic programs throughout Lebanon, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates and has been awarded as the Global Management and Leadership awardee in 2020 – 2022. His unique ability to establish rapport with a variety of individuals, as well as his long-term vision for overcoming short-term setbacks, has allowed the company to not only reduce its downside but exceed business growth and recognition. Randy has a track record of helping to lead academic organizations and revamp their image as well as performance. During High School, he achieved the highest honor, Class Valedictorian of 2000 class in Philippine International School, Abu Dhabi, UAE. After graduating from AMA College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Studies, he started working as a Regional Coordinator at Unilever Philippines in 2007. There, he was able to use his natural leadership skills as well as a creative thought process to generate new strategies for improving project performance, harnessing the talents of different individuals on the team to improve turnaround time.

    In 2010, He moved overseas and joined – Score Testing Center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates as Computer Tech-support. For his excellent handling of various projects, he was promoted to operations manager in 2010, where he was responsible for overseeing the various projects within the company’s scope and providing analyzed business strategies within the organization. He also helped to negotiate new contracts, taking into account company performance as well as the capabilities of employees and resources. Through his different experiences successfully driving value and growth at companies, Randy is able to apply his experiences to handle the different scenarios facing the companies.

    Randy Santiago

    iTTi - Syria

    How to Apply for a TESOL Course

    Step 1

    To begin the admission process for iTTi Damascus, you must first choose your starting date, complete the online application form, and pay a deposit of US $500.

    Step 2

    An iTTi Enrollment Counselor will then contact you with instructions on how to complete the required English proficiency assessment test. If you are not a the native speaker, you must obtain a B2/C1 level. A certificate will be provided by iTTi School of English

    Step 3

    Once you are notified of your acceptance to iTTi in Damascus, your remaining tuition balance is due 30 days prior to your course starting date.

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