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Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia



  • Education: 
    BA/BS is required in most cases, MA preferred by some schools
  • TEFL Certification: 
    A minimum of Online 150 Hours TESOL Foundation or a 300 Hours Advance TESOL
  • Types of Jobs: 
    Private Language Schools, Vocational Colleges, International Schools and Private Tutoring
  • Average teaching hours per week: 
    25-30 hours of classroom & extra preparation time
  • Typical Hiring Process: 
    Interview in advance. People already residing in who has already earned their TESOL certification can work locally in Saudi Arabia (especially private tutoring)
  • Types of Students: 
    Business professionals, Private Students and School children
  • Cost of Living per month: 
    $700 - $1,000 USD
  • Visas: 
    Schools generally sponsor work visas for the foreign English teachers
  • Average Monthly Pay: 
    $1,500 - 4000 USD
  • Start –up cost: 
    $1,000 - $1,500 USD
  • Potential to save or Break-even: 
    Can save $800 onwards per month after expenses
  • Accommodation Benefits: 
  • Fight Reimbursements: 
Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the ideal destinations for TEFL educators! If you have plans to Teach English in Saudi Arabia, then it offers some of the highest-paying jobs in the TEFL industry, allowing you to live well and enjoy a unique cultural experience.

Although the culture is strict and conservative, teachers who are adaptable and open- minded will find this to be a stunningly beautiful country populated by warm and generous people. If you are interested in experiencing a different way of life, Saudi Arabia may be the ideal destination for you.

Due to the number of vacancies and the difficulty of attracting young westerners in their 20s and 30s to such a restrictive environment, schools in Saudi Arabia are more likely to hire teachers with less substantial qualifications than schools in the UAE and Qatar, but a teacher must be at least have an English teaching certificate with them. Teachers may receive excellent salaries and benefits, but they must be willing to live in a society governed by traditional Islamic law and customs. This prohibits alcohol and movie theatres and mandates gender segregation in most public institutions, including schools.

To teach English in Saudi Arabia, you need a TEFL certificate which you can get by pursuing from the best TEFL courses for teaching English in Saudi Arabia with a bachelor's degree in any field, although a Master's degree is preferred. English teachers in Saudi Arabia can realistically expect to earn between around $1,500 and $3,000 tax-free per month and those who have pursued specialized TEFL courses for business English in Saudi Arabia they can expect a few more dollars to their salary.  In addition, you can also experience certain benefits such as round-trip airfare, health insurance, and furnished housing. Saudi Arabia offers the most teaching positions in the region, with an abundance of opportunities for highly qualified and especially native-speaking English teachers as well.

The majority of teachers are hired in advance from their home country, and their visas are processed prior to their departure. Teachers must pass a physical examination and an HIV test in order to obtain a visa. In many cases, academic transcripts and a criminal background check may also be required. Expect the visa and interview processes to take one to three months.

Employment opportunities for English teachers are concentrated in, Jeddah, Dammam, and especially in Riyadh, so if you’ve pursued a TEFL course in Riyadh then you’re in luck to get good teaching opportunities.

So, it’s time to stop overthinking and start pursuing some affordable TEFL courses in Saudi Arabia for international students from well-known institutes and start living your dream of teaching in Saudi Arabia.


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