What are the requirements to teach English overseas?

Native or near-native English speaker. Year 10 or equivalent.

Why must I have a TESOL qualification?

In some countries it is mandatory and it also equips you to successfully teach English overseas.

What do you learn in the TESOL course?

  • Teaching techniques and ideas
  • How to keep your classes alive, fun and effective
  • How to interact with students and keep their interest
  • Being comfortable to teach
  • How to practice teaching for 15 minutes in a group in a foreign language
  • How to apply for jobs
  • How to travel safe

Are the courses internationally recognised?


What is the percentage of Teaching English Overseas?

Some statistics:

  • 75% Asia
  • 10% Europe
  • 10% Latin America
  • 5% Middle East and Africa

Why is English so popular?

Estimated 1 billion ESL learners in the world. This means that the demand for TESOL is extremely high.

What's the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

In reality there is very little difference between TEFL and TESOL. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Jobs overseas requiring a TESOL qualification will accept a TEFL qualification and vice versa.

Can I do a course completely online?

If you enroll in one of our Industry program you can definitely complete the course all online. For Certificate IV and Diploma of TESOL – combines home study and internet research with an optional 5 day in-class.

Can I do the online components overseas?

Absolutely! You may do the online components wherever you like. We will send your certificate to the address you provided, unless you advise us of a different mailing address, in which case that’s where we send it!

What are the work conditions?

  • Contracts from 3 months – 2 years
  • Monthly salary ranges from volunteer to $3000 per month depending on the country.
  • Accommodation and international travel expenses always covered in China, and often subsidised (or sometimes covered) in other countries.
  • Health insurance often paid.
  • Severance pay equivalent to one month’s salary common at end of contract.
  • Extras like internet access, language lessons or cultural lessons often negotiable in contracts.
  • Often extremely low cost of living and low taxes

What are the visa requirements to teach English overseas?

It depends on the country. It is best to contact the relevant consulate (visit Generally for all countries you need a working visa. In Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Western Europe university degrees are required in any discipline for visas. Additionally for Western Europe you need access to a European Union (EU) passport to work for more that 3 months at a time (which is the working holiday arrangement)

Why ATA TESOL College?

Highly qualified and experienced TESOL professionals will prepare you to be a confident, competent teacher. You’ll be trained to teach English confidently in schools across Asia, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Our TESOL courses cover the process of finding an overseas job placement in great detail. Our job support is second to none. In addition to TESOL certificate and diploma courses, TESOL College also offers a range of elective courses that can increase your employability. For your convenience, there are 3 study options:

  • Correspondence
  • Online
  • In-class

Student Support?

All students and graduates have access to TESOL instructors to assist them with any TESOL needs, and lifetime employment assistance is provided FREE of charge. Graduates will also gain access to websites providing essential international country information, school listings and current job postings.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, anyone wishing to do the course must be 18+ years of age

Can I teach online?

Yes, there are many online tutoring opportunities available. Online tutoring is a convenient way to earn money teaching English as it can be done online from anywhere in the world. Your TESOL certificate, that you will receive upon graduation with ATA TESOL Japan, is a minimum requirement to teach English online.


I'm not so good at using the computer.

Basic computer skills are a necessity for completing the course and for doing your job search on the Internet. We have many students who are not highly skilled in computer or Internet use, and are able to complete the online components.

Do I need to have a computer and if so, what type?

No. It certainly makes studying more comfortable if you have your own computer, however people who don’t have one use a friend’s or go to an Internet cafe to download and save it on to a disk. If you have your own computer, it certainly does not have to be the best computer in the world! If your computer can connect to the Internet, then it is good enough for everything else you will need to do.

Do I need any special software?

Not really, all you will need is Adobe reader, which is free software (most computers have it installed already) and you can download it from . You will also need to have a word processing program such as Microsoft Word (or other) if you prefer to submit your assignments via email.

Do I need to have an Internet connection at home?

No. Obviously, it will make your life easier to have access at home, not only to complete the course, but also for your research and job search and application process afterwards. But if you don’t have it, you can download all the material at an Internet cafe or a friend’s and save it on a disk (or print out).

What if I don't have an email address?

You can get a number of free email services, such as or

Do you give me my own ID and password?

Yes! Every TESOL College student and graduate receives his/her personal ID and password to access the online course.