There is no doubt that there is more opportunities for TEFL teachers with a degree, however there remains a vast amount of work throughout the world for TEFL teachers who have not been to University. TEFL teachers without a degree who have gained experience can still find work even in countries that officially require one, as experience can often have more weight than an academic qualification.

If you do not have a degree do not think that you can not have a successful TEFL career. We have compiled a list of all the countries where a degree is not needed to apply for TEFL positions. We hope it helps! This list may change over time as countries make changes on visa requirements on a continuous basis. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

CountryDegree RequirementTypical Contract LengthPeak Hiring SeasonsVisa InfoTypical StudentsAverage Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local CurrencyAverage Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Cambodia BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months All Year Round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £350-500 GBP £450-600 GBP
Indonesia
BA/BS Not Required 12 months All Year Round Work visa in advance Business Professionals, Children £400-650 GBP (6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR) £600-1000 GBP (7,500,000-11,000,000 IDR) Can save up to £150-300 GBP /Mo
Malaysia
BA/BS Not Required 12 months All Year Round Work visa in advance Business Professionals, Children £600-900 GBP (3,000 – 6,000 MRY) £800-1500 GBP (4,000–8,000 MRY) Can save up to £200-400 GBP /Mo
Argentina
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP (1,500-2,500 ARS) £550-900 GBP (1,500-2,500 ARS)
Bolivia
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £350-450 GBP (2,800-4,200 BOB) £550-900 GBP (2,800-4,200 BOB)
Brazil
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £350-400 GBP (1,200-2,000 BRL) £450-900 GBP (1,200-2,000 BRL)
Chile
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, July-Aug Tourist Visa or work visa Business Professionals; Children with Public Schools £300-500 GBP (250,000-430,000 CLP) £400-900 GBP (250,000-430,000 CLP)
Colombia
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-350 GBP (950,000-1,700,000 COP) £350-900 GBP (1,300,000-2,700,000 COP)
Costa Rica
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Jan-Feb, Jun-July Tourist Visa Business Professionals £300-400 GBP (300,000-360,000 CRC) £600-900 GBP (500,000-760,000 CRC)
Ecuador
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP £650-800 GBP
Mexico
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months All Year Round Tourist Visa. Some work visa Business Professionals £500-600 GBP (10,000-12,000 MXN) £700-1000 GBP (10,000-12,000 MXN)
Panama
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £450-600 GBP £750-850 GBP
Peru
BA/BS Not Required 3, 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £600-800 GBP (1,700-2,300 PEN) £600-800 GBP (1,700-2,300 PEN)
Uruguay
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Feb-Mar, Jul-Aug Tourist Visa Business Professionals £250-400 GBP (8,500-12,800 UYU) £550-700 GBP (8,500-12,800 UYU)
Bulgaria
BA/BS Not Required 9 & 12 months Sept & Jan Tourist Visa, convert to work visa or EU Citizenship Business Professionals £350-530 GBP (800-1,200 BGN) £450-630 GBP (800-1,200 BGN)
Poland
BA/BS Not Required 9 & 12 months Sept, Oct, & Jan Tourist Visa, EU Citizenship Business Professionals £400-550 GBP (2,500-2,800 PLN) £600-750 GBP 2,500-2,800 PLN
Romania
BA/BS Not Required 9 & 12 months Sept & Jan Tourist Visa, convert to work visa or EU Citizenship Business Professionals £220-300 GBP (1,100-1,400 RON) £420-850 GBP (1,100-1,400 RON)
Russia
BA/BS Not Required 6, 9 & 12 months All Year Round Work visa Business Professionals £370-500 GBP (18,500-25,000 RUB) £570-1000 GBP (18,500-25,000 RUB)
Slovakia
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months Sept & Jan Tourist Visa, convert to work visa or EU Citizenship Business Professionals £370-450 GBP (13,000-20,000 SKK) £570-870 GBP (13,000-20,000 SKK)
Spain
BA/BS Not Required 10 & 12 months Sept, Oct & Jan Tourist Visa, EU Citizenship Business Professionals £500-800 GBP (1,200-1,500 Euro) £1,030-1,300 GBP (1,200-1,500 Euro)
Egypt

BA/BS Not Required
6 & 12 months All Year Round/ May – Aug. preferred Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £320-£650 GBP (3,000 –6,000 EGP) £485-770 GBP (3,500 –7,000 EGP)
Jordan

BA/BS Not Required
6 & 12 months All Year Round/ May – Aug. preferred Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £320-650 GBP (350 - 700 JOD) £485-770 GBP (350 - 700 JOD)
Lebanon
BA/BS Not Required 6 -12 months All Year Round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £320-650 GBP (750,000–1,500,000 LBP) £420-750 GBP (750,000 – 1,500,000 LBP)
Morocco
BA/BS Not Required 6 & 12 months All Year Round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £320-650 GBP (4,000 – 8,000 MAD) £420-750 GBP (4,000 – 8,000 MAD)
Syria
BA/BS Not Required 6 -12 months N/A Tourist visa convert to work visa Business Professionals, Children £320-650 GBP (22.700 – 45,000 SYP) £420-650 GBP (22.700 – 45,000 SYP)