What does Brexit mean for TEFL in the EU?

With changes to working in the EU taking effect from 31st December 2020, many students have asked what does Brexit mean for TEFL in the EU? 

The opportunity to teach in the EU is still very possible, and there will always be a need for native-level English speakers. However due to the Brexit deal there are some things to now consider before applying for jobs in the EU. 

What does Brexit mean for TEFL in the EU

You will need a visa to teach in the EU

If you have a British passport you will now be treated like any applicant from a country that’s not part of the EU, and therefore you will need to apply for a working visa. 

Every country has different policies for working visas. More information can be found on the UK government website.

You will need to pay a fee to apply for a visa and you may need to legalise your TEFL qualification. This involves getting your certificate certified by a notary or solicitor, and then legalising this online via the government website.

How can I get a visa to work in the EU? 

In most cases you will need a job order before applying for your work visa. Some countries offer Youth Working Holidays Visas, such as France, or even allow you to teach English part-time if you’re on a student visa. 

With so many options available it’s important to thoroughly research the requirements on government website for the country you wish to work in. 

You will need to apply for your visa before you travel as proof will be required when you arrive. 

What are some other TEFL teaching options?

While teaching in the EU is still an option, the good news is there’s still a huge demand for TEFL teachers outside of the EU, in the UK and online. 

  • Teach in the UK

Language schools in the UK reopened their doors on the 8th of March 2021. International students are allowed to enter the UK for the purpose of education, while some may need to quarantine. This is great news for language providers and with many English teachers returning to work, the need for teacher will continue to increase. 

  • Teach online

The demand for online learning has increased significantly in recent years, particularly with the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students are choosing to learn English online and established language schools are offering online classes. 

  • Teach abroad

Outside of the EU there are still many places where a TEFL qualification can easily take you. This includes Asia, South America, the Middle East, and even Australasia. 

The following blogs on our website provide more information about overseas TEFL options.

Where can I teach with a TEFL course? 

How to travel the world with a TEFL course

What to do after your TEFL course

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