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FAQs on Teaching Abroad

  1. How will TIE give ME an advantage in getting the best job possible teaching abroad?

    The International Educator has been serving abroad schools for almost 20 years. Many Heads of School use TIE to preselect candidates to interview at Recruiting Fairs. In some cases, they use TIE as their only source for recruiting.

    A subscription allows you immediate access to prominent schools looking for staff. When you enter your data into the Resume Bank, over 375 headmasters worldwide could view your resume. As many as 200 schools have current, active international teaching jobs on

    TIE provides immediate access to jobs, as they become available - and easy contact between you and those seeking candidates.

  2. How will TIE's Instant Job Notification service help me to be teaching abroad soon?

    When you register for this service (additional $29 fee), you may pre-select three (3) positions you are qualified to teach. As soon as a school posts one of your pre-selections, you receive email notification immediately. Within this email message, you can view the ad. Then with one click, you can notify the school of your interest and include a link to your resume in the Resume Bank. This immediate contact gives you an advantage over other applicants.

  3. Do I have to be bi-lingual?

    No, you will be teaching your subject in English.

  4. Is teaching certification and / or experience required?

    Yes, in almost every case. Certification ensures that educators meet teacher education program approval standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Persons who meet SBE test requirements, complete approved programs, and meet background clearance requirements are eligible for certification. However, internships are often accepted and some schools will help with the certification process.

  5. What do I need to do to become certified?

    For more information on how to become certified, go to:

  6. How do I go about getting a VISA?

    There are two websites that offer information on obtaining a VISA so you can teach abroad: and

  7. Do International school salaries permit significant savings?

    Savings are almost certain: but the amount varies. It may depend more on the cost of living or housing benefit, than on the gross salary level. A single teacher could save from $5,000 to $35,000 annually, depending on the school and location. A teaching couple can save much more. The Far East, followed by the Middle East, provides the biggest savings. Many set their sights on Western Europe, but local taxes and a high cost of living minimizes any savings.

  8. What benefits can I expect?

    Housing or housing allowance; travel costs; home (summer) travel leave - every 1 or 2 years; comprehensive health insurance; sick leave; and a tax free salary in almost every school - except in Western Europe. Schools in Western European countries do not provide housing or allowance and may collect significant taxes and social security fees at the outset, or after two years of residence.

  9. If my spouse does not teach abroad, what are my chances a school will accept us?

    Preference is for teaching couples, but if you are a strong candidate there shouldn't be a problem. There could possibly be an obstacle in obtaining a visa for the non-teaching spouse.

  10. Can I bring my children? If so, can they attend the school where I teach abroad without fees?

    Yes, in most cases, but larger families may have some difficulty. Your children may attend your school at no cost to you. Moreover, this academic education will be generally superior to that offered in public schools.

  11. How long is an initial contract to teach abroad at an International School?

    Usually two (2) years, except in special situations.

  12. Should I go to an International School Recruiting Conference for teaching abroad?

    Recruiting Fairs are an excellent opportunity for candidates to meet representatives of the various schools face-to-face, and have the chance to ask questions and get information first-hand. Not only does a recruiting fair allow for an in-person interview, it gives the candidate the opportunity to interview the school and find out more in-depth information about the school’s program, culture, compensation and other matters. The other benefit of attending a recruiting fair is it gives candidates an immediate method of comparing schools by talking to their respective representatives, asking questions, viewing their materials, and even talking to other attendees who may have the “inside scoop” about a particular school.

  13. If I subscribe to TIE do I still need to attend a Recruiting Fair?

    Even if you are a TIE subscriber there are still benefits to attending a fair as mentioned above. Subscribing to TIE and attending a fair gives a candidate a great advantage. As a TIE subscriber you can do all your leg-work in advance, such as identifying schools of interest, making first contact by sending your cover letter and online TIE resume, supplying additional information as requested by the school, and even having your references checked-out before hand. Once this background work has been completed, you can actually arrange to have a meeting or interview at a specific pre-arranged time with the school head or representative. Because most of the background work has already been done, the chances of getting an offer and signing a contract have increased significantly making your trip to the recruiting fair much more productive.

  14. If I get a job in an abroad school, would I be allowed to bring a pet with me?

    This would be up to the individual school. Even if they give permission, each airline has its own rules (e.g. a pet can be quarantined for a period of time when it arrives in another country).

  15. Will schools hire teachers that are age 50 or older?

    Most schools do not impose age restrictions but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas but most do not.