What are the Basic Requirements to Teach English Abroad?

By Jessie Smith

The Top 5 Teaching English Abroad Requirements 

The requirements to teach English abroad vary region-by-region and country-by-country. But here are the 5 key requirements to teach English abroad no matter where in the world you plan to teach:

I. TEFL Certification

II. Visa

III. Money

IV. Hiring Process & Requirements

V. Country-Specific Documents

Is a TEFL Certification Required to Teach English Abroad?

In a simple answer: Yes you need to be a trained educator to be a good teacher for paying students and yes many schools and governments will require it for employment.


Many people ask this question with the following in mind:

  • I speak English, I went to college, I must be able to be a good English teacher. What could be so difficult about teaching my own language?
But Here's What You Need to Know
Some schools in some countries may hire you without a TEFL Certification. Those who approach teaching English abroad with this mindset usually have an experience that includes some, if not all, of the following elements: