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Teaching English Abroad Without a Degree

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

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 not required by 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

Argentina

Not required 6 - 12 months January - September Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP) 3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP)
Bhutan

Bhutan

BA/ BS/BEd degree preferred but not required 12 months December, January and May, June Work visa Children, adults, monks 10 000 – 15 000 BTN (120 – 180 GBP) Approx. 20 000 – 30 000 BTN (240 – 360 GBP)
Bolivia

Bolivia

Not required 1 - 12 months January - February and June - July Tourist visa Business professionals, children 2,780 - 4,174 BOB (250 - 375 GBP) 2,780 - 4,174 BOB (250 - 375 GBP)
Brazil

Brazil

Not required 1 - 6 months March - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 1,850 - 3,555 BRL (250 - 375 GBP) 1,850 - 3,555 BRL (250 - 375 GBP)
Cambodia

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)
Colombia

Colombia

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Work visa Business professionals, children 958,962 - 1,342,550 COP (310 - 435 GBP) 1,342,550 - 1,917,000 COP (435 - 620 GBP)
Costa Rica

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)
Ecuador

Ecuador

Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 400 - 700 USD (250 - 435 GBP) 400 - 800 USD (250 - 496 GBP)
Egypt

Egypt

Not required 3 - 24 Months May -August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa or work visa in advance. Business professionals, children 3,370 – 7,860 EGP (300 – 700 GBP) 5,500 – 12,350 EGP (490 – 1,100 GBP)
Greece

Greece

Not required 6- 12 Months September & January EU citizenship or work visa Business professionals, children 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP) 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Guinea

Guinea

Not required 12 months Year-round hiring seasons Jobs in International schools will arrange your visa for you Children or adults $700 approximately Usually expenses will be covered, room and board
India

India

Not required 6 – 12 months Year-round Work permit Students, professionals 36 000 INR – 55 000 INR (£100 – £ 600) 32 000 INR – 59 000 INR (£ 350 – £680)
Indonesia

Indonesia

Not required 12 months All year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR (350 - 500 GBP) 10,000,000 - 13,500,000 IDR (550 - 750 GBP)
Jordan

Jordan

Not required 6 - 12 Months July - August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP) 695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP)
Lebanon

Lebanon

Not required 6- 12 Months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP) 775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP)
Madagascar

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

Mexico

Not required 6 – 12 months May - August Work visa Business professionals, children 3,870 - 9,100 MXP (185 - 435 GBP) 5,230 - 19,460 MXP (250 - 930 GBP)
Morocco

Morocco

Not required 6- 12 Months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP) 4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)
New Zealand

New Zealand

Not required Monthly January, June, November Working Holiday visa Students, professionals NZD 1300 – NZD 1550 (£1000 – £1500) NZD 3350 – NZD 5000 (£1665 – £2500)
Panama

Panama

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 700 - 1,000 PAB (185 - 620 GBP) 800 - 2,500 PAB (250 - 1,460 GBP)
Paraguay

Paraguay

Not required 6 – 12 months March Work permit Students PYG 7 500 000 – PYG 10 000 000 (£1 100 – £ 1 400) PYG 5 000 000 – PYG 10 000 000 (£ 670 – £ 1 340)
Peru

Peru

Not required 6 - 12 months All year round Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 800-1,500 PEN (175 - 330GBP) 1,120-2,240 PEN (250 - 495 GBP)
Poland

Poland

Not required 9 - 12 Months October and January EU citizenship or working visa Business professionals 700 – 1,400 EUR (586 - 1,170 GBP) 700 – 1,400 EUR (586 - 1,170 GBP)
Romania

Romania

Not required 9 - 12 Months September - June EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP) 1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP)
Russia

Russia

Not required 9 - 12 Months September - June EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP) 1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP)
Slovakia

Slovakia

Not required 6 - 12 Months June and September EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 460 – 915 EUR (400 - 795 GBP) 460 – 915 EUR (400 - 795 GBP)
South Africa

South Africa

Not required Monthly Year-round, especially October Work permit University students, professionals Approx. R7 500 – R8 500 (£415 – £480) Approx. R10 000 – R12 000 (£550 – £680)
Spain

Spain

Not required 6 - 12 Months September - October EU Citizenship or work visa Business professionals, children 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP) 1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Not required 12 Months Year-round Work permit Children,adults 50 000 LKR – 80 000 LKR (£250 – £400) 25 000LKR – 50 000LKR (£130 – £260)
Turkey

Turkey

Not required 6 - 12 Months Year-round language schools, September - public and private schools Work visa Business professionals, children 3,390 – 5,085 TRY (500 - 750 GBP) 5.085 – 12,205 TRY (750 - 1,800 GBP)
Uruguay

Uruguay

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Work visa Business professionals, children 6,230 - 10,435 UYU (185 - 310 GBP) 6,230 - 10,435 UYU (185 - 310 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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