TEACH ENGLISH IN TURKEY

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About Teaching English in Turkey

In Turkey, you can walk in the footsteps of Homeric heroes, Roman centurions & Ottoman sultans. In addition to thousands of years of history; stunning coastlines; and one of the hottest economies in Europe, Turkey boasts one of the largest job markets in the region for English language teachers abroad. 

Turkey offers several major advantages compared to other job markets in Europe. English teachers in Turkey can find teaching opportunities year-round, and interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via email as well as locally in Turkey. In addition, it is standard practice for English teachers in Turkey to receive a sponsored work visa. 

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Some English teachers receive stipends for housing and/or airfare, but this is not always the case.  Many teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share an apartment with coworkers. 

Primary job markets for teaching English in Turkey include Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara, as well as other larger cities.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Turkey. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired.

Interviews are typically conducted in advance from your home country, however, they may also be conducted on the ground in-person. Because of this, it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

Other options include our 4-Week In-Person Chicago, USA TEFL Course or our other European 4-Week In-Person TEFL courses.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Turkey, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching and private tutoring jobs.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

English teachers need a bachelor's degree to teach English in Turkey. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Turkey

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Turkey consist of:

  • Teaching adults, business professionals, or children in private language schools.
  • Teaching children and teenagers in private elementary and high schools.
  • Private tutoring both children and adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Turkey can expect to find jobs year-round. Interviews are conducted in advance from your home country as well as locally in-person in Turkey.

In addition, it is standard practice for English teachers in Turkey to receive a sponsored work visa which will be processed in their home country before departure.

If you are interviewing in-person, you will enter Turkey on a tourist visa and convert over to a sponsored work visa once you have secured employment.

HOURS

English language schools in Turkey typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country's unparalleled natural and cultural riches.

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be adults and business professionals or elementary and high school-aged children.

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,100 - $1,800 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Turkey until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Turkey. Teachers can expect to make $550 - $1,150 USD per month. It is common for teachers in Turkey to also teach English online to supplement their income.

It is rare for flight and housing benefits/stipends to be provided by your school so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $550-$900 USD per month.

English teachers in Turkey can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

 

What does teaching in Turkey look like?

Watch ITA alumna Zoe Snow show us a day in her life living and teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Turkey could look like!

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Teaching English in Turkey FAQs

What are the basic requirements to teach English in Turkey?

To teach English in Turkey, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification
  • A four-year college degree in any field
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available

Not Required:

  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs.

What type of visa can I use to teach English in Turkey?

It is standard practice for English teachers in Turkey to receive a sponsored work visa which will be processed in their home country before departure.

If you are interviewing in-person, you will enter Turkey on a tourist visa and convert over to a sponsored work visa once you have secured employment.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Turkey?

The most common job types in Turkey consist of:

  • Teaching adults, business professionals, or children in private language schools.
  • Teaching children and teenagers in private elementary and high schools.
  • Private tutoring both children and adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers in Turkey can expect to find jobs year-round. Interviews are conducted in advance from your home country as well as locally in-person in Turkey.

How much money can I make teaching English in Turkey?

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Turkey. Teachers can expect to make $550 - $1,150 USD per month. It is common for teachers in Turkey to also teach English online to supplement their income.

Start-up costs will range from $1,100 - $1,800 USD with the cost of living typically ranging between $550-$900 USD per month.

English teachers in Turkey can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you shouldn't expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

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  • University-Level Instructors
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10-Hours Live Practice Teaching
  • Classes Capped at 12 Students

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  • Accredited by Learning Resource Network (LRN) - Meets OFQUAL Level 5 Standards
  • University-Level Instructors
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 8-Hours Live Practice Teaching
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Christine Aslan

Teaches English in Turkey

Christine Aslan

I LOVED ITA's Online TEFL Course! It had been over 20 years since I had been in college. I was very worried about that! I am a people person and I was concerned that the online course would not be as good as a traditional classroom setting. I am NOT a tech-savvy person, but I managed it fine. The instructor was great and it was nice to hear feedback and have guidance during the course. I make more money working online here in Turkey than if I was teaching at a typical brick and mortar school. I love it here in Turkey -  if you asked my 20-year-old self where would you be in 25 years? I never would have imagined myself living halfway across the world. I am proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.

Garrett Garcia

Taught English in Turkey

Garrett Garcia

Teaching English in Turkey was a perfect approach to growing up. The transition from a comfortable life on the university campus to the untamed wild of reality is one of the toughest transitions to endure. My advice is this: if you’re only 1% sure that you want to embark on this journey, do it. You won’t regret it. And to the 21 or 22-year-old kids who have no idea what they’ll do after graduating, I can’t stop myself from recommending a gig like this. It’ll give you some direction, leave you with stories, introduce you to interesting people from all corners of the world, hopefully net you a bit of cash, and mold you with a unique kind of wisdom. While I came into this as a kid, I’m happily checking out of it as an adult.

Courtney Bailey

Teaches English in Turkey

Courtney Bailey

I realized that International TEFL Academy could help me secure a longer-term experience overseas… but I am also a mother of FOUR, school-aged children, ages 6, 7, 9, and 11 - how was I supposed to make this work? It took me two years before deciding to take the plunge and looking back today, making the decision to enroll, earn my TEFL certificate, and become an ESL teacher in Izmir, Turkey are among my proudest achievements and decisions that have changed my life in so many positive ways! I teach grades, 3, 9, 10, and 11 at an esteemed private school in Izmir, and now that I am here, I love helping my children adapt to a new way of life and witnessing them becoming global citizens!

Visit the Turkey section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Turkey.