5 places you can teach English without a degree

It’s the question we get asked the most – “Can I teach English abroad without a bachelor’s degree?”. And we’re happy to say, the answer is, yes! There are tons of countries where degrees aren’t required and lots of them are very sought-after TEFL destinations. We’ve picked our favourite 5 places you can teach English without a degree and put them into a handy list for you. So, read on and find out where you could be starting your next big adventure…


Europe is one of the most popular TEFL destinations in the world – and Spain, in particular, is a highly sought-after location (we wonder why…). You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to teach in Spain – yay! But do bear in mind, due to its popularity, you might need to be flexible about specific locations, schools and salary because there’s a bit more competition for positions. But, if you’re up to the challenge, the rewards are amazing (and delicious!)



Number 2 on our list is sunny Mexico! Although some private schools might ask for a degree, the majority of schools won’t need you to have one in order to teach English – hurray! So, get ready to enjoy incredible cuisine (burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos, guacamole…), fun local traditions including the world famous Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and lots and lots of hot weather. Sounds pretty dreamy to us!



Southeast Asia’s hidden gem, Cambodia has the same climate, community vibe, and crystal clear waters as its neighbours: Thailand and Vietnam. But, added bonus, you don’t need a degree to teach here! If you choose to TEFL in this country steeped in history, you can expect extremely friendly locals, endless white, sandy beaches, and thousand-year-old temples to wander around in on your time off.



Argentina is simply stunning. It’s an extremely vast country with plenty of demand for TEFL teachers. Admittedly, wages aren’t as high as some locations, but neither are living costs! So, you definitely won’t be out of pocket. And when would you ever get to experience this country for a lengthy period of time otherwise? Argentina is a huge opportunity not to be missed. Think spectacular mountain ranges, countless glaciers, unusual architecture, and more towns and cities to explore than you can shake a stick at.



A relative unknown in the TEFL market, Nicaragua has plenty to offer as well as a growing demand for English teachers – perfect! Imagine a lovely tropical climate, plenty of snorkelling opportunities and hiking trails for all abilities – because you’ll get all of this and more in this TEFL destination. Teach English here and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime – guaranteed.

Ready to get TEFL qualified so you can book your flight? No problem! Just arrange for a free call back from one of our friendly TEFL advisors, and they’ll help you get started. Or, if you’re eager to find which course matches you best, you can take our quick 2-minute online quiz to find out!

Already TEFL qualified and ready to find your perfect role abroad? Head to the LoveTEFL Jobs Board for all the latest overseas vacancies!

Happy travelling!

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  1. Sifiso Goqo


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    I would gladly appreciate if you would assist with one platform that would allow me to fulfill my long dream.

    Kind regards
    Sifiso Goqo

  2. Devisha Jaglal

    I’m interested in doing the TEFL course and teaching in China or Saudi Arabia

  3. Louise Connolly

    Is there an age limit to become a tutor?

  4. Felicia

    Hi there
    I have been teaching for eleven years now. I don’t have a degree my degree is incomplete. So what do you need for me to teach English abroad.
    Kindest regards
    Ramatsie N.F

  5. Essa Bility

    I love this jod, I life Liberia

  6. Lucy

    im not anative english speaker but can speak English fluently.im Zimbabwean.will i be hired if i take the course


    Hello Sophie, Becky,

    I purchased the 300 hour course last month but have not started it yet, but I plan to start it this coming week. So I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I still intend to start soon. I purchased it wit the 40 % discount offer. I will call your office right when I start.

    George O. Smith
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  8. Candice

    Good day kind sir/ Madame.. I have a few questions than to ask if I may, firstly is there a age limit to go and teach aboard?
    2) how does one go ahead and apply?
    3 ) and what is the highest the will take in education?

    • catherinegreenwood

      Hi Candice, thanks for getting in touch! In answer to your questions: 1) there’s no official age limit to teach abroad but some schools may specify their own preferences. We’ve worked with many mature teachers who have found teaching jobs abroad. 2) To teach abroad, you’ll need to complete a TEFL course. To get started with this, we’d recommend speaking to our TEFL experts by requesting a free call here: https://www.i-to-i.com/contact/call-me-back.html. 3) You’ll need a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training to teach abroad and some countries also ask for a degree – but there are plenty of countries where you don’t need a degree. Hope this helps! All the best.

  9. Shelgene

    I’m really interested in doing teaching abroad I love working with kids and exploring other countries it would be a dream come true for me if i can do it but the only thing that’s holding me back is that i cant afford to do the TEFL course because financially I’m struggling a bit but if i can go abroad and do some volunteering and maybe earn my TEFL certificate while I’m volunteering it would be great that’s how much I love working with kids and to know I can make a difference in a few children’s lives and to help them to become equipped with our diverse language please if i can be assisted in that please let me know thank you

  10. Nasheetah

    teaching abroad sounds exciting and interesting. please message me with more details on how to apply. thanks in advance.

  11. Lebohang StephenTsotetsi

    I would really love to teach abroad the to teach English

  12. Stephan

    Hi how do I join and what is the cost to go to Cambodia. Please contact me I’m interested.

    • catherinegreenwood

      Hi Stephan! Great to hear that you’re interested in going to Cambodia. I’ve passed your email address on to our TEFL experts so someone will be in touch very shortly with some more information. All the best!

  13. Glenn Fick

    Hi.. I would like to know if there are any opportunities to teach English in Austrailia. I have just completed a TEFL course and would to know what the next step is.

    • catherinegreenwood

      Hi Glenn, the vast majority of TEFL jobs are in non-English speaking countries. If you’re looking for a job in an English speaking country such as Australia, you’ll need either a Level 5 or even a CELTA qualification as it’s much more competitive and there are much fewer jobs. Head over to our sister company, LoveTEFL’s job site to view the jobs they have on offer at the moment – https://lovetefljobs.com/. All the best!

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