January 20, 2022
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How to Prepare Yourself for Teaching Abroad?

How to Prepare Yourself for Teaching Abroad?
Written By
Pooja Pant

Pooja Pant

Pooja, currently a Content Creator at Suraasa, is a former English teacher. On a personal note, she likes it when people follow her on Instagram.😀

Teaching abroad is one of the best opportunities for educators wanting to climb the ladder of success in their career. The exposure and experience are unmatched as they offers teachers the chance to acquire new skills and attributes. However, it is beneficial to prepare yourself properly to land your desired teaching job abroad. It is very important to research beforehand about the documentation, teaching qualifications and other requirements for the particular country. 

There are plenty of things that need to be done and verified before moving abroad. Keeping a checklist can help educators not miss out on necessary things. Here are all the necessary steps and information every educator must keep a track of while preparing themselves for teaching jobs abroad.

Teaching job opportunities abroad

Things to consider while planning to take a teaching job abroad

Internationally Recognised Teaching Qualifications

While applying for teaching jobs abroad, you must consider a few important things. The teaching qualification you have should be internationally recognised as every country has its own set of requirements for teaching jobs. Here are the necessary qualifications required for some top countries of the world:

  • In the United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is necessary for a job in an educational institution.  
  • In Asian countries, the minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree. Moreover, they also have Indian curriculum schools that do not require an extra qualification. 
  • In the United States, educators must enrol or have completed M.Ed in International Teaching  to get a teaching job in a school.

Government Approved Documents

  • Visa - For an educator taking a teaching job abroad, the most likely way to get a work visa is through sponsorship from the educational institution. You would be required to submit proofs for your degree and transcripts. Along with these, some countries may also ask for documentation from the school you are hired at.   
  • Passport - After the pandemic, many countries have made it essential to carry a passport that is valid for more than two years from the time of travel. 
  • Attestation - Opt for an organisation to help you get your documents stamped for you by the government and embassy.
Important documents for taking teaching jobs abroad

Training Programs That can Help Teachers in Getting a Job Abroad

Apart from the minimum qualification requirement, an additional teacher training course in the resume can be a big boost in getting a job abroad. Educational institutions prefer educators who have exceptional skills and a relatable experience in the field of teaching. A trusted and recommended teacher training course that can help teachers get the desirable teaching job abroad is PgCTL. This program is a UK level 6 certified course accepted internationally. It not only provides educators with the necessary teaching skills required to become expert teachers, but also aids in their career growth and professional development. Here’s how the program can aid in your journey towards applying and getting a teaching job abroad. 

  • The assignments and assessments are curated in such a way that by the end of the program, every teacher is able to build a portfolio of the specific skill set. It includes areas of expertise and attributes of the educator. The portfolio can be shown at the time of interviews and job applications. 
  • The program can be taken from anywhere and has a duration of 10 months. Furthermore, it is equal to a Bachelor’s degree in teaching and is recognised internationally. 
  • The course equips the teachers with the necessary knowledge that makes them a valuable asset for any educational institution. The program aids in expanding job opportunities globally for educators.


The course designed by Suraasa is developed to help every teacher become an ‘effective’ teacher. Still have no idea how to proceed with your teaching career growth abroad?

Our mentorship program can help you with that. Suraasa’s mentors help educators across the world in developing career growth plans for teachers wanting to move overseas. We offer expert guidance from the most renowned and experienced teacher educators who have already been through your journey and are working to make it easier for you.

Written By
Pooja Pant

Pooja Pant

Pooja, currently a Content Creator at Suraasa, is a former English teacher. On a personal note, she likes it when people follow her on Instagram.😀

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