TEACH ENGLISH IN KUWAIT

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About Teaching English in Kuwait

Home to one of the world’s largest petroleum reserves, Kuwait offers a unique blend of traditional Arab culture, stunning desert and coastal scenery. In addition, it offers the modern cosmopolitanism of Kuwait City, distinguished by its extravagant shopping and modern infrastructure. 

A 4-year college degree (BA/BS) is typically required to teach English in Kuwait, a master's degree is preferred by some schools, and a TEFL certification is typically required as well. Many schools also require prior teaching experience and the job market in Kuwait is more competitive than many others. 

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Qualified English teachers here can realistically expect to make $1,500 - $3,200 tax-free a month with benefits including airfare to and from the assignment, health insurance, and even furnished housing.

Most teachers are hired in advance from their own country and have their visa processed prior to their departure for their teaching destination. Expect the interview and visa processes to take 1-3 months.

As a conservative Middle Eastern nation, expatriates in Kuwait must exhibit sensitivity towards local customs, and prepare to adapt to life in a society governed by Islamic law and traditions.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Kuwait, and it's common for schools to prefer applicants with advanced credentials or extensive teaching experience.

Interviews are typically conducted in advance from your home country. Because of this, it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 20+ locations worldwide.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

Schools in Kuwait prefer to hire native English speakers (citizens from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), however, there are some exceptions so be sure to get in touch with your ITA Admissions Advisor to discuss this in further detail.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

At a minimum, English teachers will need to possess a bachelor’s degree in addition to their TEFL certification. With that said, many schools in Kuwait will require teachers to possess a degree specifically in education or a Master’s degree (often in any field). Many will strongly prefer candidates to have previous teaching experience and/or a teaching license from a country like the U.S or the U.K.

BACKGROUND CHECK

You will require a clean FBI background check in order to process your work visa.

TEFL Jobs in Kuwait

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Kuwait consist of:

  • Teaching adults, business professionals, or children in private language schools, international schools, and occasionally in vocational colleges or universities.
  • Private tutoring both children and adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Kuwait can expect to find jobs year-round. Interviews are typically conducted via video chat in advance from your home country. Many schools recruit in the spring for positions that begin with the new academic year in August/September.

In addition, it is standard practice for English teachers in Kuwait to receive a sponsored work visa via their employer.

HOURS

English language schools in Kuwait typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore.

STUDENTS

There are a variety of teaching opportunities in Kuwait with all different demographics. It is most common that your students will be adults and business professionals, but it's also possible to teach elementary and high school-aged children.

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD (300 - 450 KWD). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Kuwait until you receive your first paycheck, things like meals and transportation. This doesn't include costs for housing because it's typically provided by your employer. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Kuwait and save each month after expenses. Teachers can expect to earn $1,500 - $ 3,300 USD (450 - 1,000 KWD) per month and save $800+ monthly

On top of generous pay, it's common for employers to pay for teacher's housing and sometimes even provide reimbursement for flight costs. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $650 - $1,000 USD (200 - 300 KWD) plus housing per month.

English teachers in Kuwait can expect to save money each month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, and also save money at the end of the month. 

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What does teaching in Kuwait look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Kuwait and the Middle East.

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Teaching English in Kuwait  FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Kuwait?

To teach English in Kuwait, make sure you understand what is required:

Required:

  • Four-year degree (BA/BS required, MA preferred)
  • A TEFL certification
  • Citizenship from a native English -speaking country (the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, or New Zealand)
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available
  • Savings for start-up costs

What are the salaries for teaching English in Kuwait?

English teachers can earn a good salary and receive benefits like airfare, housing, health insurance, and paid vacation. Teachers can expect to make $1,500 - $ 3,300 USD (450 - 1,000 KWD) per month

English teachers in Kuwait can save $500-$1000 a month or even more after expenses.

Salaries will vary with qualifications and experience. Beginning TEFL teachers may find it difficult to be hired here, as most jobs will go to experienced native English speaking teachers with advanced credentials.

Read More: What are Salaries for Teaching English in the Middle East?

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Kuwait?

The most common job types in Kuwait consist of:

  • Teaching adults or children in private language schools, international schools, vocational colleges, and universities (usually for more qualified and experienced teachers).
  • Private tutoring for both children and adults.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

Most teachers are hired in advance from their own country and have their visa processed prior to their departure for their teaching destination. You can be hired all year in Kuwait, however, most schools and universities begin in August-September, so spring and summer tend to be an excellent time to look for jobs. To receive their visa, teachers should expect to pass a physical and an HIV/contagious diseases test, and in many cases, academic transcripts and a criminal background check may also be necessary. Expect the process of interviewing and procuring a visa to take at least 1-3 months.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Kuwait?

Most teachers are hired in advance from their own country and have their visa processed prior to their departure for their teaching destination. 

A work visa is issued to those who find employment in advance of moving to Kuwait. The school and/or employer will apply for the work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour.

To receive their visa, teachers should expect to pass a physical and an HIV/contagious diseases test, and in many cases, academic transcripts and a criminal background check may also be necessary. Expect the process of interviewing and procuring a visa to take at least 1-3 months.

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