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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 Local Currency
Average Monthly Salary in 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 3,600 - 6,100 ARS
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 Approx. 20 000 – 30 000 BTN
Bolivia

Bolivia

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

Brazil

Not required 1 - 6 months March - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 1,850 - 3,555 BRL 1,850 - 3,555 BRL
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 2,861,507 - 4,473,160 KHR
Colombia

Colombia

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

Costa Rica

Not required 6 - 12 months October - December Tourist visa Business professionals, children 240,000 - 400,000 CRC 252,000 - 544,400 CRC
Ecuador

Ecuador

Not required 6 - 12 months February - March and July - August Tourist visa Business professionals, children 400 - 700 USD 400 - 800 USD
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 5,500 – 12,350 EGP
Greece

Greece

Not required 6- 12 Months September & January EU citizenship or work visa Business professionals, children 1,000 – 1,500 EUR 1,000 – 1,500 EUR
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 32 000 INR – 59 000 INR
Indonesia

Indonesia

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

Jordan

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

Lebanon

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

Madagascar

Not required 9 months Year-round Work visa Children, adults MGA 1 800 000 – MGA 2 500 000 MGA 2 500 000 – MGA 3 700 000
Mexico

Mexico

Not required 6 – 12 months May - August Work visa Business professionals, children 3,870 - 9,100 MXP 5,230 - 19,460 MXP
Morocco

Morocco

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

New Zealand

Not required Monthly January, June, November Working Holiday visa Students, professionals NZD 1300 – NZD 1550 NZD 3350 – NZD 5000
Panama

Panama

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 700 - 1,000 PAB 800 - 2,500 PAB
Paraguay

Paraguay

Not required 6 – 12 months March Work permit Students PYG 7 500 000 – PYG 10 000 000 PYG 5 000 000 – PYG 10 000 000
Peru

Peru

Not required 6 - 12 months All year round Tourist visa or work visa Business professionals, children 800-1,500 PEN 1,120-2,240 PEN
Poland

Poland

Not required 9 - 12 Months October and January EU citizenship or working visa Business professionals 700 – 1,400 EUR 700 – 1,400 EUR
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 1,100 – 2,200 RON
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 1,100 – 2,200 RON
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 460 – 915 EUR
South Africa

South Africa

Not required Monthly Year-round, especially October Work permit University students, professionals Approx. R7 500 – R8 500 Approx. R10 000 – R12 000
Spain

Spain

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

Sri Lanka

Not required 12 Months Year-round Work permit Children,adults 50 000 LKR – 80 000 LKR 25 000LKR – 50 000LKR
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 5.085 – 12,205 TRY
Uruguay

Uruguay

Not required 6 - 12 months March - August Work visa Business professionals, children 6,230 - 10,435 UYU 6,230 - 10,435 UYU

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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