Teaching English abroad for college graduates

Completing your college degree is a rare moment in time where your future has endless possibilities. Teaching English abroad is one of the ways to make the most of the opportunities that come once you are a college graduate. You have a chance to live overseas, immersing yourself in a new culture and traveling to new places. You get full time employment, so you’re earning a salary from the day you arrive. It also requires a bachelor’s degree, so you know that you’re putting your education to good use. On this page, we’ll walk through several the benefits of Teaching English abroad for college graduates.

There are many benefits to teaching abroad, but these are the top three to consider as a graduate

First-hand knowledge of the world

Living and working abroad is the best way to increase your first-hand knowledge of the world. Immersing yourself in another culture will give you an understanding of different ways of life, languages, and cultures. It also will give you fresh insight into global issues, because you’ll get to see them from the perspective of another country. This broadened perspective is invaluable in today’s global economy.

Competitive edge

As workplaces become globalized, the skills you gain from working abroad will give you a competitive edge. You’ll have colleagues from all over the world, which will expose you to a multitude of experiences and new ways of problem solving. Collaboration, cooperation, and communication are soft-skills highly-prized by employers, and you’ll find that the experiences of international employment are the best ways to sharpen them.

Experiences of a lifetime

The experiences you have will last a lifetime. You’ll move from passive observations into a deeper understanding of new values, beliefs, and practices. You’ll also have a chance to share your own culture with new people. This breaks down barriers and increases an understanding of cultural diversity, informing your worldview in a way that you’ll never forget. Whether you live abroad for one year or more, the daily adventures will change your life in the most amazing way.

Various teaching abroad programs

There are many kinds of work abroad programs for graduates. It’s important to do some research before deciding on one. A lot of programs will want you to pay them for the privilege, justifying the fees they charge by detailing all the support they’ll give you throughout the visa application and arrival stages. Yet if you work with a well-known education company, like EF English First, you’ll find the same level of support with the added bonus of a full salary and benefit package. To make the most of out of your teaching experience as a college graduate, you should be looking for an employer who provides:

  • A full-time salary
  • A flight allowance / upfront paid flights
  • Health insurance
  • A legal working visa and reimbursement of any visa-related costs
  • Sponsorship for any English-teaching certifications you need


The first step towards teaching abroad is meeting the requirements. As a college graduate, you’ve already passed the most difficult part – having a bachelors or masters degree:

  • A bachelors degree (or higher)
  • A clear criminal background check
  • A passport from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa
  • The ability to live abroad for at least a year

You don’t need to be able to speak Chinese.
You don’t need any working or teaching experience, as we provide full training.

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When I finished my bachelors degree, I knew that I wanted to do something different after graduation. Teaching abroad was a great way to get the work experience I needed while having the adventure that I wanted. I got to make a difference in the lives of my students and spend my holidays traveling. It’s much easier to balance work and travel when you’re working overseas, something my friends back home are super jealous of!
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