Russia: Teach English Abroad Without a Degree

Eager to make up for its Cold War isolationism (and flush with cash from its booming oil and natural gas industries) Russians are more interested in learning English than ever before. Such high demand is matched by government policy designed to attract as many English teachers as possible and, as a result, in Russia you can teach English with no degree. Indeed, most major language schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg are more than happy to accept candidates with TEFL certifications only.

That having been said, a degree – especially in a related field such as Education or English – is of course preferable. After all, the high demand for teachers has, of late, been matched (thanks to the Global Recession) with a higher than average supply of would-be instructors. So even if schools in Russia do not explicitly require a degree, the flood of qualified applicants means that find the chance to teach English with no degree is not as easy to come by as it once was.

Those with the patience to make themselves and their applications as attractive as possible will be amply rewarded. For example, if you want to teach English without a degree in Russia, you should get the best TEFL certificate you can.

If necessary, you can get enroll in an online certification program – every little bit helps – but you will see the biggest return on investment if you can go straight to a classroom-based TEFL course. Better yet, look into a CELTA program. Even without a degree the CELTA reputation speaks volumes.

So, too, does experience. There are plenty of opportunities in your home country to get experience – even if only as a volunteer – in teaching English as a Second Language. Such experience will not only stand out on your resume but also put you head and shoulders above the competition.

Such preparation means you Russia could be the just the place you to get your foot in the door of this booming industry. Who knows? Your next job in Moscow or Minsk could be the start of an entirely new career!


8 responses to “Russia: Teach English Abroad Without a Degree”

  1. I have 3 years of university behind me and I’m almost done with my degree. I need 1 more subject to complete my fourth year and receive my degree. What are my chances in Russia? Can anyone please assist me in this matter? I really want to go because I need the money to finish my studies. Any help please?!

  2. I am an American and do not have an English degree. I do, however possess an incredible command of the English language. I would be excited at the opportunity to teach English in Moscow. Do you have any advice for me on how to begin? Thank you.

    • Hi Joshua – thanks for your message. We recommend that you start researching schools looking for ESL teachers in Russia. There are many types of schools, and different levels you can teach, all with their own requirements. Sometimes the best way to find a job in the industry might require a leap of faith, and be on the ground offering your teaching skills. Good luck!

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