degree for Europe?

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  • Sebastian
    13 July, 2008 at 17:58
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    Hi all, I have a TEFL/TEYLT certificate, teaching experience and a dual-citizenship with Europe (Portugal) though I come from South Africa…but no degree! :shock:

    I’m busy hunting around online for a teaching job somewhere in Europe, but I’m noticing that most employers require a degree of some kind AND European citizenship!

    Many people have informed me that EU citizens don’t need a degree to work and live in a European country, so I’m getting a bit worried at these contridictions! :shock:

    Can anyone explain?

    16 July, 2008 at 19:53
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    Reply To: degree for Europe?


    Welcome to the forum.

    You have to be careful to differentiate between needing a degree to legally work somewhere, and the requirements of individual employers. In many countries in Asia and the Middle East, for example, the law requires foreign workers to have a degree to obtain a work permit, so it’s this rather than the needs of the school that make it difficult for teachers without a degree.

    In Europe, I know several teachers who have worked for schools without a degree, and several more who have been refused by certain schools because of their lack of degree. In this case individual schools are making a decision that the type of person they are looking for is educated to degree level.

    Don’t give up – persevere in your applications and you’ll have some success.


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