5 Foreign Language Courses offered by TESDA, No Tuition Fee in 2018

Aside from various vocational and technical skills training, Tesda is also offering foreign language and culture courses this year 2018.

Learning different foreign language like Nihongo, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, English these days have huge advantage in the workplace and even during the hiring process.

Employers / Manpower Agencies that have available job openings in New Zealand, Australia, UAE, Japan, and other countries often consider applicants that are bi-lingual or knowledgeable of different language other than their own. This is because companies often expand overseas and / or have international clients. Communicating to latter’s preferred language is a big factor to win their trust which later on converted to sales and more awarded projects.

In the country, Tesda is the number one provider of technical skills training, to brace the credentials of their trainees they are also offering foreign language.

tesda foreign language coursesIf you want to study foreign language such as Nihonggo, Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Arabic, and English you can go to Language Skills Institute of Tesda. They offer these courses for free however you have to meet certain criteria to qualify.

Criteria and Requirements

Must be Filipino (any gender), aged 18 years old and above, and High School graduate. To be at the priority list, applicants must be pre-qualified to work locally and abroad. Otherwise, you can always inquire to tesda – LSI if you really want to study foreign language.

Lists of Available Foreign Language Courses with Duration

1. Basic Japanese Language (Nihongo) and Culture – 150 hours
2. Basic Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Culture – 100 hours
3. Basic Spanish Language – 100 hours
4. Basic Arabic Language and Saudi / Gulf Culture – 100 hours
5. English Proficiency for Customer Service Workers – 100 hours

According to the official website of TESDA these language courses are FREE of Charge (libre) in Language Skills Institute (the lists can be found below).

Note: Course availability varies on each LSI, so please ask the LSI near you about the language courses they are currently offering.

Read: TESDA Scholarship Programs Online Application Process

Documents Needed during the Application

Applicants should bring any of the following documents; TOR, college or high school diploma, training or competency certificates issued by Tesda.

Applicants should also bring original copy of birth certificates from NSO, 1×1 (3pcs) and 2 x 2 photo (1pc) with white background and 1 long brown envelop.

Once you have all the needed documents you can proceed to Tesda- Language Skills Institute near your place.

Language Skills Institute Schedule

Aspiring students who want to learn different languages can take a look at these schedule for 2017. The enrollment is on first come first serve basis so basically it is better to register for a slot as early as possible. Currently, the available schedule is morning and afternoon from Mondays to Fridays. There is no school schedule for Evenings and Weekends.

Morning schedule starts at 7:30am to 11:30am

Afternoon schedule starts at 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Read: 201+ TESDA Courses List and Enrollment Requirements

For added details please watch the ABS CBN News Report below:

List of Tesda Language Skills Institute in the Philippines

Here are the list of LSI that you can visit if you want to study foreign language (Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Arab, and English). As of the moment there are only 6 language being offered. I’ve included the address, contact numbers, and email address. Call them, send them email to know if they are offering your preferred language course.

Tesda Language Skills Institute Quezon City
Barangay Hall, Dahlia Street, Fairview, Quezon City
(02) 937- 4248

Tesda Complex Taguig City
Building. 10, TESDA Complex, East Service Rd., South Superhighway, Taguig City
(02) 818-8062

TESDA Language Skills Institute Agusan del Sur
Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades, Gov’t. Center, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
(085) 343-7709 / 343-7132 / agusansat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Malilipot, Albay
San Francisco Institute of Science and Technology, Malipot Albay
(052) 830-5093 / 830-1874

TESDA Language Skills Institute Baguio City
Magsaysay Drive, Loakan Rd., Baguio City
(074) 424-8724 / 305-2405 / rtcbaguio09(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Batangas
P. Herrera Street, Batangas City
(043) 300-0388 / rtccalabarzon(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Butuan City
Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries, Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
(085) 343-4201 / nmsf _adn(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Guiguinto Bulacan
MacArthur Highway, Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
(044) 794-4767 / korphil_bul(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Biñan, Laguna
San Antonio, Biñan, Laguna
Phone numbers: (049) 511-6133 / jzg_msat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Bohol
Address: Poblacion, Jagna, Bohol
Phone number: (038) 531-0018

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cabanatuan Nueva Ecija
Address: Old CapitolCmpd., Cabanatuan , Nueva Ecija
Telephone number: (044) 463-1904

TESDA Language Skills Institute Tuguegarao , Cagayan
Office address: Consuelo Village, Pengue, Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Phone number: (078) 844 4224 / 846 8619 / rtc02_tesda(at)yahoo.com / tesdartc(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cagayan de Oro City
Office address: Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone number: (082) 742-576 / 740404 / cobsat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cebu City
Archbishop Reyes Ave., Banilad, Cebu City
(032) 412-7267 / rtcvii(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Pili, Camarines Sur
San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur
(054) 477-7204 / tesdartc5(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Surallah, South Cotabato
Surallah National Agricultural School, Brgy. Dajay, Surallah, South Cotabato
(083) 238-5111 / 238-3050

TESDA Language Skills Institute Cotabato City
ORC Compound, Cotabato City
(064) 421-4460 / 421-6108 / ptccot_12(at)yahoo.com

TESDA Language Skills Institute Davao City
Buhisan, Tibungko, Davao City
(082) 236-0556 / 238-0007 / 09193885250 / tesdartckorphil(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Digos, Davao del Sur
Carmelo de los Cientos National Trade School, Padada, Davao del Sur
(082) 272-0295 / ccnts11(at)yahoo.com.ph

Tesda LSI Iligan City
Maria Cristina Road, Maria Cristina, Iligan City
(063) 223-6541 / tesdartciligan(at)yahoo.com

Tesda LSI Ilocos Norte
Brgy. Lydia, Marcos, Ilocos Norte
(077) 784 7956

TESDA LSI Iloilo City
Zamora St., Iloilo City
(033) 337-0739

TESDA LSI New Lucena, Iloilo
New Lucena Polytechnic College, Don Epifacio Sonza Sr. Ave, New Lucena, Iloilo
(033) 526-2015 / 396-0562 / nlpc_8596(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Santiago, Isabela
Provincial road, Caloocan, santiago City, Isabela
(078) 682 3924 / 682 8654 / sicat_tesda(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Tabuk, Kalinga

LSI San Fernando La Union
Catbangen, San Fernando City, La Union
(072) 242 5584 / 700 0613 / rtc_tesda1(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Allen, Northern Samar
Balicuatro College of Arts and Trades, Sabang Zone 2, Allen, Northern Samar
(055) 300-2125 / tesdabcat(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Provincial Capitol Compound, Camilmil, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
(043) 288-2352 / tesda_ormin(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan
Puerto Prinsesa School of Arts and Trades – Felix Rafols, Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City
(048) 433-2224 / 433-4364 / tesda.ppsat(at)yahoo.com / ppsat.tesda(at)gmail.com

TESDA LSI Tacloban City
San Gerardo Subdivision, Brgy. Abucay, Tacloban City
(053) 321-8249 /523-9229 / tesda8rtc(at)yahoo.com

TESDA LSI Zamboanga City
San Roque, Zamboanga City
(062) 991-9586

TESDA LSI Zamboanga del Norte
Dipolog School of Fisheries, Olingan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
(065) 212-7248 / 212-5237 / dsf_zn9(at)yahoo.com.ph

TESDA LSI ARMM Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Rebekun, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
(064)429-0091 / rmdc(at)tesda-armm.ph

TESDA LSI Zamboanga City
2nd Flr. LHB Bldg. Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City
(062) 990-2959

Some TESDA Accredited Schools that offer Korean Language and Culture Course

Chopil Manpower Training Institute Corp.
School Address: 3F CEGI Building, General Trias Drive, Tejeros Convention, Rosario, Cavite
Telephone number: 4378492
Course Offered:
Korean Language for EPS Program – 120 Hours

TESDA Korea-Philippines Information Technology Training Center
Address: RTCCL Cpd., Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
Telephone number: (044) 704-4767 / 794-4520
Course Offered:
Korean Language and Culture – 80 hours

Regional Training Center-Davao/Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center
Address: Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City
Telephone number: No Data
Course Offered:
Korean Language and Culture – 80 hours

source: http://tesda.gov.ph/about/tesda/39

Note: If you want to study any of the listed foreign language course you can go directly to Tesda Language Skills Institute (LSI) nearest to your location. For your own safety don’t leave on the comments section any of your personal details. We are NOT connected to TESDA (www.tesda.gov.ph) and we are NOT a training school.

52 comments… add one
  • Christopher andrew ching June 21, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Good day i just like to ask where can i find the tesda language area for japanese? Or any TESDA language center in manila? Thanks and have a nice day.

  • Adam July 15, 2014, 4:07 am

    Hi Mhaine, where you from so I can find the nearest Japanese language schools for you.

  • Adam July 20, 2014, 5:53 am

    HI Kimberly, I’ll check then come back to you.

    • rhean May 8, 2015, 6:20 am

      Hi im from leyte is there a foreign language course in our area this may 2015

  • alvin August 1, 2014, 7:57 am

    how about in Pasay, can I know what contact # I am going to use for the inquiry?

    • Adam August 1, 2014, 8:17 am

      Hi Alvin, you better call tesda main office regarding your inquiry. These are their contact details Tel. No : 887-7777 / 0917-4794370 (Globe)
      Email address: contactcenter(at)tesda.gov.ph.

  • Adam August 17, 2014, 3:07 pm

    Hi Donna, please inquire to the school where you want to study specific language course. As far as I know po, high school diploma is one of the requirements.

    • sam October 18, 2015, 7:37 pm

      may i ask if i take all the 6 foreign language at the main, would it be possible to enroll all of it or do i hve to choose one language to take??

      • Adam October 19, 2015, 2:23 am

        I think you can enroll all but please inquire directly to tesda about your inquiry.

  • Elle August 19, 2014, 3:37 am

    Is there an LSI Site in Davao City? If not, where is the closest I can go to? I live in the Mindanao area. Thanks.

  • Adam August 21, 2014, 2:21 am

    Hi Roxanne, it seems possible depending on the available schedule. Please coordinate to the school where you want to take the two courses simultaneously.

  • Adam August 23, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Hi Hazel, as I remember you will be prioritized if you are already confirmed working in an overseas / local company.

    • Rey martin montalban April 9, 2016, 10:01 am

      Sir adam we have a TESDA Training Center here in our City of Baybay Leyte. I just want to ask if they offer that so-called LSI.?

      • Adam April 12, 2016, 1:42 pm

        Sir based on the lists above, the nearest LSI Sir in your location is in Tacloban and Samar.

  • tashe September 2, 2014, 8:36 pm

    Good day!

    I would like to inquire if you have upcoming schedule of interviews for Foreign Language, most specially for Basic Spanish Language?

    I’m currently residing in Pasay. May I also know where is the nearest LSI site where I can go and inquire personally?

    Thank You!

  • cynthia September 4, 2014, 4:02 am

    Hi, good am! i just want to ask if i can enroll in english and japanese language at the same time?or kung may combination of lesson ng english and japanese? Thanx very much!

  • Kristine M. Simbillo November 23, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Sir/Ma’am I’d like to ask when is the next enrollment for basic english language program? :) thank you and Godbless :)

  • lily fajardo December 5, 2014, 3:17 am

    Hi! just would like to inquire where is the exact location near in Las Pinas for japanese language course? May I ask for the contact details as well. Look forward for your kind reply Thanks

  • Mariane A. Cabinta March 25, 2015, 6:10 am

    Hi!I just wanted to inquire if there is a language school (japanese)accredited by tesda here in las pinas? Thank you!

  • Maria Crispy April 9, 2015, 6:04 am

    Hi, i would like to ask if where can apply as a caregiver in japan.. i am very willing to to work in japan as a caregive.. i am a college graduate in Associate in Computer science and graduated also in Caregiving Training with First Aide Training..Thanks and May God Bless

  • ara kawa May 5, 2015, 2:12 pm

    Can i know where is the nearest LSI here in las pinas?. Please i wanna learn more japanese language. Thankz

  • Angie May 19, 2015, 9:54 am

    Hi !

    Good day!

    May I ask the schedule of enrollment for the language courses?
    When and where to go?

    Many thanks! :)

  • Jenny May 20, 2015, 6:23 am

    Hi Team,

    Good day! May I inquire regarding your free foreign language training (Japanese). May I know the requirements needed for completion, and when would be the next training schedule (Makati/Taguig area).

    Hope to hear from you very soon. Thank you.

  • MARYJANE June 3, 2015, 6:39 am

    Hi im from Taguig im just want to learn Foreign language, im ALS passer but the age requirements atleast 18 years old.. but im already 17 … its okey if im going to enroll in Tesda

  • joan October 3, 2015, 4:38 am

    Hi, college undegrad ko. Pde TOR and diploma sa highschool akong dal.on para sa requirements?

  • Rachelle April 4, 2016, 2:49 pm


    Do u have any online language subjects offered by tesda for those who want to study but are residing in another country..tnx

    • Adam April 4, 2016, 5:11 pm

      This is a nice idea but as of now TESDA do not offer language courses online.

  • Lyn April 7, 2016, 6:48 pm

    Hi good day,

    May i ask if you have any TESDA/LSI location near in pasay city and manila by now? Not to mention taguig and quezon city. I am willing to enroll any of the language you ofer to enhance my skills in foreign language. Thank you

  • Iris Escobar April 8, 2016, 1:22 pm

    do i have to attend the whole 4 hrs (7:30-1130 am)??? and is there a nearer school on Mandaluyong because i have work on afternoon?

    • Adam April 12, 2016, 1:47 pm

      Maam please inquire to the nearest LSI if you have to attend the whole 4 hours. They can give you the right answer for that question.

      Based on the list above, the nearest LSI is in Quezon City. Good luck po!

  • Marco June 30, 2018, 10:12 am

    bad news TESDA Iligan City is not serve for foreign language skills they refer to me to other cities that credited. I think there is a budget for this why is that happened?

    • Matt June 30, 2018, 3:27 pm

      Sad to hear about that sir.

  • Ah Lee Khan July 12, 2018, 2:54 am

    I am also looking for a foreign language program in TESDA in Iligan and I sent an email to them way back two years ago but they didn’t reply. I think, they are not aware how important for the trainees of their institution to learn languages relevant to jobs.

  • Blessie Marie Barillas September 2, 2018, 12:53 pm

    Is there any Institute for Foreign Language Courses that offers here in Bacolod? Thank you

    • Matt September 3, 2018, 1:05 am

      You can check the list of language skills institute locations in this post. If there is no available schools in Bacolod, I suggest that you check the nearest in your location. Before going there, you need to call first to know which foreign language course they are offering. Doing so will save time and money for you.

  • ann September 6, 2018, 1:56 pm

    How about in Cebu CIt Sir? Where can I study Japanese/Korean/French?

    • Matt September 7, 2018, 3:18 am

      Hi Ann,

      You can check the tesda language skills institute in Cebu, its address is included in this post. You can inquire what language course they are currently offering.

  • Ka September 19, 2018, 9:37 am

    Hi is there any tesda/LSI institute courses offer in bislig city?thank you.

    • Matt September 19, 2018, 1:29 pm

      Hi Ka,

      I think there is no Language Skills Institute in Bislig City, so I would suggest that you search for LSI nearest to bislig in nearby provinces / cities.

  • Yuri September 26, 2018, 5:37 am

    Hi.. i want to study japanese language but i have no idea how much will it cost in 6month tesda course

    • Matt September 26, 2018, 2:53 pm

      You may ask directly the tesda language skills institute about the tuition fee.

  • jedielyn October 2, 2018, 1:41 am

    hi i would like to ask where can i find the tesda language area for japanese, , Or any TESDA language center in manila area.. im from paco maniLa.. Thanks and have a nice day.

    • Matt October 2, 2018, 7:16 am

      I think the nearest LSI from Manila is the one in Quezon City. You need to call their office and inquire if they have Nihonggo course there because not all LSI offer all the 5 language courses.

  • Rubielyn October 13, 2018, 8:38 am

    I am looking for TESDA laguage center here in SAN JOSE DEL MONTE BULACAN. Please reply.

    • Matt October 13, 2018, 8:41 am

      You can check the tesda language center nearest to San Jose Del Monte because I think there is no LSI there.

  • Beth October 16, 2018, 7:18 am

    May i ask if you have a Tesda/LSI office near in Dau Mabalacat Pampanga?

  • Amor B November 2, 2018, 9:43 pm

    Spanish language , any in Makati area?

  • Nicole November 7, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Im 15 years old can i enroll?I really want to learn 2 language

  • Donna November 10, 2018, 1:22 pm

    How about in Calapan city oriental Mindoro do you have also training school here of Japanese language for free?

  • Keng Peralta November 20, 2018, 6:06 am

    Good day sir/ma’am.

    Is this program still available? I am interested in your free Japanese lesson.

    Thank you very much. :)

    • Matt November 20, 2018, 6:18 am

      You need to go directly to tesda language skills institute near your location and inquire about the program.

  • Regielyn November 27, 2018, 9:51 pm

    Good day
    Where is the nearest tesda training center here in Calauag quezon for japanese or korean language

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