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Three Places Where You Can Teach English Without a Degree

Looking to teach English overseas? Don’t have a degree? Not a problem!

Even though a growing number of countries require a university degree in order to qualify for a working visa, there are still a few great destinations where you can find work TEFL work without a degree.

1: China – With around 400 million learners, China is by far the biggest TEFL jobs market on the planet, and whilst some employers specify a degree – many don’t. It’s also worth mentioning that local government regulations change all the time over in China, so it’s probably best to check with individual employers before applying.

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In China?

Obviously how much you can earn depends on how much training you’ve had and if you have any previous experience. If you have a recognised TEFL certificate and no previous experience you can expect to earn around £800 a month, though this can rise to £1300 a month if you have a few years experience. Many employers also help with accommodation, visa applications and flights.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In China

Beijing – Beijing is China’s capital and the country’s main centre for international business. There are loads of TEFL jobs and a large and very sociable ex-pat community that will make the transition to living and teaching English in China that little easier.

Shanghai -Shanghai is considered by many people to be the most important financial and commercial centre in mainland China. So there are a good number of TEFL jobs to be found in schools and language institutes, as well as lots of opportunities to teach business English.

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2) Europe – If you’re a UK or Irish citizen you can work anywhere within the European Union without any legal constraints or visa requirements. English is the language of tourism so many of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations such as France, Spain, Italy and Greece require a constant stream of TEFL qualified teachers to meet the demand.

Take a look at TEFL jobs in Europe

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In Europe? That depends on which country or city you’re working in, how much experience you have and what level of TEFL certification you’ve achieved. Due to the high levels of competition in Spain and France, you may struggle to get the better TEFL jobs without a degree, but you should still be able to find entry-level and summer camp positions. If you’re willing to go a little further afield to places like Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland, you should be able to get better positions… and the lower cost of living means that your wages will go much further.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In Europe

Spain – Despite huge competition, Spain is regularly at the top of the list when people think of teaching English in Europe. Competition is fierce in places like Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, but if you’re happy to work in less glamourous destinations there are plenty of TEFL jobs in Spain for people without degrees.

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Russia – Russia is fast becoming one of the world’s leading TEFL destinations, and the number of TEFL jobs has shot through the roof in recent years. The wages aren’t as high as you can expect in Spain or France, but the cost of living and the competition is much lower.

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3: South America – Teaching English in South America is a great way for people without university degrees to gain experience and improve their teaching CV. More experienced TEFLers can find work in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil, while TEFL newbies can find opportunities in less developed places like Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

Take a look at TEFL jobs in South America

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English In South America?

Nobody goes to teach English in South America to earn loads of money. But despite the fact that the wages on offer are relatively low and many of the jobs are on a voluntary basis, you can live relatively well on the money you earn from teaching English in South America. For example you can earn around $850 a month in Brazil, $500 in Argentina and as little as $400 a month in Ecuador. But there’s more to life than money, eh? There will be when you’re lying on a South American beach drinking from a fresh coconut.

Top Places To Teach English Without A Degree In South America

Costa Rica – The Costa Rican government has resolved to encourage English language education and English is now taught in all primary schools. Most TEFL jobs in Costa Rica are to be found in the capital San Jose, the second city, Alajuela, and the tourist town of Manuel Antonio.

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Ecuador – While Ecuador won’t ever rival Japan or South Korea as a top TEFL jobs destination, it is one of the most stable and accessible TEFL jobs markets in South America. There is ample opportunity to teach English in schools and universities in the main cities – and guess what? Most don’t require a degree!

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  1. lovextomz says:

    How do l get more information on the vacancies?

  2. Elle Pollicott says:

    Hey, you can find out more about teaching opportunities overseas on our destination pages here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/teach-english-abroad; and you can take a look at vacancies here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-jobs-abroad/

  3. fznaids says:

    I have a natinal diploma, studied for three 3 years at CPUT. Does this make a difference?

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi, do you have a degree? You can certainly find lots of jobs teaching English overseas if you don’t have a degree, but by having a degree, even more doors open for you in terms of where you can teach – countries like Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Middle East all require that you have a degree to TEFL; and many Western European countries like France and Germany prefer to hire someone who has a degree, so you’ll find it much easier finding work there. Hope this helps! Elle

  4. qianyu says:

    As a non-native english speaker without any university diploma – can i find a job teaching english in china with TEFL?

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi qianyu, if you’re fluent in English, then with a TEFL qualification there is no reason why you wouldn’t get a TEFL job in China. You can either give us a call on +44 871 423 9941 or request a call back here http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html and someone will be in touch with you to talk you through your options and potentially get you signed up! Elle

  5. sw says:

    Who can I talk to to help me teach in China? I don’t have a passport or anything like that, I need some help from someone who can help me from scratch.

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi, you’ll need to apply for a passport – Google ‘apply for a passport’ and you’ll find out how to get one. With regards to getting TEFL-qualified, you can find find out more information about our courses here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/. For teaching in China, the standard would be 120hours of online learning, although we’d recommend the 140hours with a 20hour practical classroom course for those who haven’t taught before. If you have any more questions in relation to getting TEFL-certified, or teaching in China, you can request a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html and one of our expert advisers will get in touch. Hope this helps!

  6. gladys says:

    Hi, i have a degree, but i have no TEFL certificate am i qualified to teach English in China?Am a fluent English speaker.

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi Gladys, all you need is to get TEFL qualified and then you’ll be able to teach in China! We have two types of courses: our 120hour course, which is all done online; and our 140hour course which has an additional 20hours classroom training and is recommended if you haven’t had any teaching experience before. You can find out more information about our courses here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/, and if you want to find out more about getting TEFL qualified and finding work in China, you can get in touch with our expert advisers by requesting a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html and someone will be in touch shortly. Hope this helps!

  7. Ranbir says:

    Hi, I’m looking at teaching English in Singapore but don’t have a degree.. Without a degree can I still find a teaching job if I have the TEFL certificate? If I can teach without a degree what sort of schools are best to target? Looking forward to hearing from you thanks

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi Ranbir, unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to find a TEFL job without a degree in Singapore. The good news is though, is that there are lots of other countries where you can teach English once you’ve gotten TEFL qualified: many countries in Asia (Cambodia, Laos and China for example); all of South America, and most of Europe. If you’d like to find out more about our courses, you can either have a read of them here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/, or speak to an expert TEFL adviser, as they’ll be able to explain to you the requirements for different countries and help you find the right TEFL course for you, and you can request a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html Hope this helps!

  8. smarais says:

    how do i apply to teach overseas?

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi, to teach English overseas you will need to get TEFL qualified – we would recommend our 140hour course if you haven’t taught before as it incorporates our 120hour online course with a 20hour practical weekend course. You can find out more information about our courses here http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/ or alternatively, if you’d like to chat with our advisers you can request a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and book you onto a course. Hope this helps!

  9. Shahid mahmood says:

    i am contacting with you from pakistan ,,, i want to work in china as a english teacher could you tell me how can i avil this opportunities?

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi Shahid, thanks for your message. As long as you are fluent in English and have a TEFL qualification, you’ll be able to find work in China! You can find out more information about our courses here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/ or alternatively, you can speak to one our expert advisers by calling 44 871 423 9941 or requesting a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html; and they will be able to talk you through your options and answer any questions you may have. Hope this helps!

  10. VenusR says:

    Hi, I am am currently a preschool teacher with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in English, and additionally several Education courses were taken while pursing my degree. I do not have a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA and I want to know if it would be possible to teach in Abu Dhabi (or surrounding areas) or South Korea with my back ground. Additionally, I would like to pursue a TEFL certification before departure or maybe during the summer holiday while abroad, and I want to know if its necessary to take a class that requires a practicum or observed teaching hours since I am already a teacher. Lastly, I would be interested in opportunities with companies who train or pay for certification in exchange for contracts. Thank you.

    • Elle Pollicott says:

      Hi Venus, for South Korea you would need a TEFL course (as you have teaching experience, our 120 hour course would be fine as you wouldn’t need the 20 hour classroom experience, unless you wanted to attend of course!). With Abu Dhabi, you would need at least a 140 hour TEFL course (http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/), if not a Level 5 EDI (http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-courses/edi-certtefl.html). With regards to companies who offer training courses and offer contracts, I wouldn’t know who offers that, so it’s something you’d need to Google. However, in South Korea you could apply for the government programmes EPIK and SMOE once you’ve gotten TEFL qualified – they recruit numerous TEFL teachers each year and place them in schools throughout the country. If you want to talk through your options, feel free to give us a call on 877 526 3959, and our expert TEFL advisers will be happy to speak with you!

  11. VenusR says:

    I forgot to add that I am an American native English speaker.