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Thousands of our non-graduate students go on to teach English throughout the world every year. Please find a list of countries where a university degree is not required.

Teaching English Abroad Without a Degree -The TEFL Academy

Thousands of our non-graduate students go on to teach English throughout the world every year. Please find a list of countries where a university degree is not required.

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South America & South East Asia has the most countries where a degree is not a requirement.
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Teaching without a Degree

Although it is true there are more opportunities for TEFL teachers with a university degree (in any subject), there are still lots of countries where a degree is not a requirement. 

The list below has been created based on the most popular countries for newly qualified TEFL teachers. The list does not include all of the countries where a degree is not required, such as most African countries. 

South America & South East Asia has the most countries where a degree is not a requirement. As well as being some of the most culturally diverse regions of the world, living costs are low, so TEFL teachers can live a very comfortable lifestyle.

  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August, all year round
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 3,600 - 8,000 ARS (243 - 541 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,600 - 10,400 ARS (176 - 704 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 2,600 – 4,100 BOB (248 – 391 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 3,454 - 13,819 BOB (330 - 1,320 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1 - 6 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 1,850 - 3,600 BRL (317 - 617 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 1,000 - 4,000 BRL (171 - 686 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6-12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 1,973,453 - 4,473,160 KHR (300 - 680 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,861,507 - 4,473,160 KHR (435 - 680 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required for all placements
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 and 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round (although March and September are peak times to find job opportunities)
  • Visa Info: work visa in advance or tourst visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 3,000 – 4,500 RMB (300 - 500 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 8,990 - 15,000 RMB (900 - 1,500 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 958,962 - 1,342,550 COP (310 - 435 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,460,000 - 3,947,000 COP (500 - 800 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: October - December
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 240,000 - 400,000 CRC (300 - 500 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 252,000 - 544,400 CRC (315 - 680 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 – 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August, all year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, can convert tourist visa
  • Typical Students: Children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 30,905 - 60,147 DOP (446 - 868 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 19,950 - 49,877 DOP (287 - 720 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 400 - 700 USD (264 - 462 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 400 - 1,200 USD (264 - 792 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa - renewable by visa trips to Togo
  • Typical Students: Children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 3,174 - 6,174 GHS (547 - 1064 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 1,909 - 3,818 GHS (574 - 1,064 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August, all year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, can convert tourist visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 5,312 - 10,347 GTQ (460 - 896 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 3,719 - 19,019 GTQ (329 - 1,647 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 – 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: Year-round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance or Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professional, students, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 21,176 – 41,334 INR (208 – 406 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 9,000 – 60,000 INR (88 – 589 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR (279 - 419 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 6,000,000 - 15,000,000 IDR (279 - 698 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: July - August, all year round
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 354 – 708 JOD (330 – 660 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 567 – 1,771 JOD (528 – 1,650 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 756,000 – 1,508,000 LBP (330 – 630 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 756,000 – 3,015,000 LBP (330 – 1,320 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: Year-round
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Children,adults
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living MGA 1 800 000 – MGA 2 500 000 (£400 – £ 550)
  • Average Monthly Salary MGA 2 500 000 – MGA 3 700 000 (£ 550 – £ 814)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 – 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa
  • Typical Students: Adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 3,800 - 9,100 MXP (144 - 346 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 5,000 - 20,000 MXP (190 - 760 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1-3 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: January - April
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance
  • Typical Students: Children (summer camp)
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 1,529 - 2,977 NZD (676 - 1316 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,500 - 3,500 NZD (1,105 - 1,542 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February/March or July/August
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 700 - 1,000 PAB (461 - 659 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 800 - 2,500 PAB (527 - 1,647 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 – 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: March
  • Visa Info: Work permit
  • Typical Students: Students, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 2,964,000 – 5,770,000 PYG (338 – 658 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,892,000 – 5,784,000 PYG (329 – 659 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 800-1,500 PEN (156 - 293 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 1,200 -2,800 PEN (234 - 547 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: September, January and June
  • Visa Info: EU citizenship, working visa, can convert tourst visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 3,000 – 5,500 RON (480 - 880 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 3,300– 6,130 RON (527 - 989 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: August - October and January
  • Visa Info: EU citizenship, working visa, can convert tourst visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 11,043 – 25,071 SK (296 - 672 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 13,468 – 26,899 SK (361 - 712 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 1-12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa in advance
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 7,294 - 14,201 ZAR (302 - 588 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 8,000 - 18,000 ZAR (331 - 754 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: September/ October and January
  • Visa Info: EU Citizenship or work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children (summer camps)
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 700 – 1,500 EUR (506 - 1,085 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (723 - 1,085 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: Year-round
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 61 000 – 114 000 LKR (281 – 526 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 71,505 – 143,010 LKR (330 – 660 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: All year round
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 1,700 – 3,500 TRY (380 - 781 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 2,500 – 6,000 TRY (558 - 1,339 GBP)
  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: February - March and July - August
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living 22,106 - 43,036 UYU (489 - 952 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary 29,000 - 34,000 UYU (641 - 752 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency conversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

Degree not required by country

Country Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Argentina
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 3,600 - 8,000 ARS (243 - 541 GBP) 2,600 - 10,400 ARS (176 - 704 GBP)
Bolivia
Not required 1 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 2,600 – 4,100 BOB (248 – 391 GBP) 3,454 - 13,819 BOB (330 - 1,320 GBP)
Brazil
Not required 1 - 6 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, children 1,850 - 3,600 BRL (317 - 617 GBP) 1,000 - 4,000 BRL (171 - 686 GBP)
Cambodia
Not required 6-12 months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 1,973,453 - 4,473,160 KHR (300 - 680 GBP) 2,861,507 - 4,473,160 KHR (435 - 680 GBP)
China
Not required for all placements 6 and 12 months All year round (although March and September are peak times to find job opportunities) work visa in advance or tourst visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 3,000 – 4,500 RMB (300 - 500 GBP) 8,990 - 15,000 RMB (900 - 1,500 GBP)
Colombia
Not required 6 - 12 months All year round Work visa Business professionals, children 958,962 - 1,342,550 COP (310 - 435 GBP) 2,460,000 - 3,947,000 COP (500 - 800 GBP)
Costa Rica
Not required 6 - 12 months October - December Tourist visa Business professionals, children 240,000 - 400,000 CRC (300 - 500 GBP) 252,000 - 544,400 CRC (315 - 680 GBP)
Dominican Republic
Not required 6 – 12 months February - March and July - August, all year round Work visa in advance, can convert tourist visa Children 30,905 - 60,147 DOP (446 - 868 GBP) 19,950 - 49,877 DOP (287 - 720 GBP)
Ecuador
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 400 - 700 USD (264 - 462 GBP) 400 - 1,200 USD (264 - 792 GBP)
Ghana
Not required 1 - 12 months All year round Tourist visa - renewable by visa trips to Togo Children 3,174 - 6,174 GHS (547 - 1064 GBP) 1,909 - 3,818 GHS (574 - 1,064 GBP)
Guatemala
Not required 1 - 12 months February - March and July - August, all year round Work visa in advance, can convert tourist visa Business professionals, children 5,312 - 10,347 GTQ (460 - 896 GBP) 3,719 - 19,019 GTQ (329 - 1,647 GBP)
India
Not required 6 – 12 months Year-round Work visa in advance or Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professional, students, children 21,176 – 41,334 INR (208 – 406 GBP) 9,000 – 60,000 INR (88 – 589 GBP)
Indonesia
Not required 12 months All year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR (279 - 419 GBP) 6,000,000 - 15,000,000 IDR (279 - 698 GBP)
Jordan
Not required 6 - 12 Months July - August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 354 – 708 JOD (330 – 660 GBP) 567 – 1,771 JOD (528 – 1,650 GBP)
Lebanon
Not required 6 - 12 Months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, adults, children 756,000 – 1,508,000 LBP (330 – 630 GBP) 756,000 – 3,015,000 LBP (330 – 1,320 GBP)
Madagascar
Not required 9 months Year-round Work visa Children,adults MGA 1 800 000 – MGA 2 500 000 (£400 – £ 550) MGA 2 500 000 – MGA 3 700 000 (£ 550 – £ 814)
Mexico
Not required 6 – 12 months All year round Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Adults, children 3,800 - 9,100 MXP (144 - 346 GBP) 5,000 - 20,000 MXP (190 - 760 GBP)
New Zealand
Not required 1-3 months January - April Work visa in advance Children (summer camp) 1,529 - 2,977 NZD (676 - 1316 GBP) 2,500 - 3,500 NZD (1,105 - 1,542 GBP)
Panama
Not required 6 - 12 months February/March or July/August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 700 - 1,000 PAB (461 - 659 GBP) 800 - 2,500 PAB (527 - 1,647 GBP)
Paraguay
Not required 6 – 12 months March Work permit Students, children 2,964,000 – 5,770,000 PYG (338 – 658 GBP) 2,892,000 – 5,784,000 PYG (329 – 659 GBP)
Peru
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa in advance, or a tourist visa which can be converted to a work visa Business professionals, adults, children 800-1,500 PEN (156 - 293 GBP) 1,200 -2,800 PEN (234 - 547 GBP)
Romania
Not required 9 - 12 Months September, January and June EU citizenship, working visa, can convert tourst visa Business professionals, children 3,000 – 5,500 RON (480 - 880 GBP) 3,300– 6,130 RON (527 - 989 GBP)
Slovakia
Not required 6 - 12 Months August - October and January EU citizenship, working visa, can convert tourst visa Business professionals, children 11,043 – 25,071 SK (296 - 672 GBP) 13,468 – 26,899 SK (361 - 712 GBP)
South Africa
Not required 1-12 months All year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, adults, children 7,294 - 14,201 ZAR (302 - 588 GBP) 8,000 - 18,000 ZAR (331 - 754 GBP)
Spain
Not required 6 - 12 Months September/ October and January EU Citizenship or work visa Business professionals, children (summer camps) 700 – 1,500 EUR (506 - 1,085 GBP) 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (723 - 1,085 GBP)
Sri Lanka
Not required 12 Months Year-round Work visa Adults, children 61 000 – 114 000 LKR (281 – 526 GBP) 71,505 – 143,010 LKR (330 – 660 GBP)
Turkey
Not required 6 - 12 Months All year round Work visa Business professionals, children 1,700 – 3,500 TRY (380 - 781 GBP) 2,500 – 6,000 TRY (558 - 1,339 GBP)
Uruguay
Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Work visa Business professionals, children 22,106 - 43,036 UYU (489 - 952 GBP) 29,000 - 34,000 UYU (641 - 752 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency conversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

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