Teaching jobs overseas: what you need to know

Teaching jobs overseas may seem like a dream career move for many people. Not only will you get to experience a different way of life, but you'll hopefully be able to make a positive difference in the lives of young people abroad. Here are some of the most important things to consider before you begin the application process...


Obtaining the correct working visa for the country that you would like to work in can be a challenge. Not all countries will grant working visas to UK teachers, so it's important to consider your visa options before you set your heart on heading off to teach abroad.


Are you suitably qualified to teach abroad? UK teacher training qualifications (like BEd and PGCE) are widely recognised throughout the world, but in many cases you skills and qualifications will need to be assessed by an immigration department or assessment body before you are granted the right to teach.

If you don't have a teaching qualification, you may still be able to teach English abroad as a foreign language. Most schools will require a third level qualification and a CELTA certificate, although some schools will also accept TEFL.


Due to the fact that most foreign teachers are contracted for a full school term or year, it's usually advisable to apply for jobs before you leave the UK. Most employers will be willing to conduct a phone interview, while others will even cover you travel expenses during the interview process.

Good luck!


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