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Where can I teach English abroad without a university degree?
- Due to government restrictions or work visa requirements, there are several countries where English language teachers without a 4-year university degree might find it difficult to secure employment. However, the good news is there are still plenty of great opportunities for those without a degree if you are flexible and willing to go where the demand for your services is high.
- To increase your chances of landing a position in the country of your choice, it is highly recommended that you first complete an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification course. Those who are TEFL qualified will find they have a big advantage over non-qualified teachers in most countries worldwide.
- China has the biggest market for EFL teachers in the world, with a constantly growing demand which ensures there are always plenty of job openings across the country. Competition for the best jobs in Shanghai and Beijing can be fierce, but with over 100 cities with a population above 1 million, there are countless opportunities for teachers without a university degree.
- Cambodia is also one of the fastest growing markets in Asia and there is no requirement for teachers to possess a degree. Salaries are modest when compared to some other countries in the region, but it is well worth considering if you are looking for an adventure that is slightly off the beaten track. Other countries with similar conditions include Vietnam and Indonesia.
- Although the typical salary in this region can be small when compared to countries in Europe or Asia, the cost of living is generally very low and there are few restrictions on those without a university degree. The majority of positions are located in large cities, although some coastal resorts and other tourist areas might be an option. Countries that have a significant demand for teachers in this region include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. There are several other countries with a smaller yet growing demand such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.
- Although there are several countries such as France and Germany that do have requirements for teachers that include a 4-year university degree, there are still some good options for those who do not possess one. Spain and Italy are both very popular destinations that have no official requirement for degrees. Other good options include the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Russia.
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