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Study tesol abroad

An in-depth guide to studying tesol as an international student.

Tesol degrees abroad

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree programs aim to give you all the skills you’ll need to teach people from all over the world how to speak English.

They are designed for educators who want to expand their expertise and travel the globe teaching English to speakers of other languages. You’ll study the four main areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and focus on grammar and vocabulary. You will also look at the theoretical and practical requirements of teaching those who don’t speak English.

TESOL programs are mainly available in the UK and the US, but there are other counties you can study in like China or Cyprus. By studying TESOL abroad in an English-speaking country, not only will you get a first-class education, but you’ll be able to hone your own language skills.

Tesol program structure

Although it is possible to study TESOL programs at the undergraduate level, most programs are offered as a master’s. The bachelor’s programs that are available are usually joint-honors degrees where you will study TESOL alongside another related subject like a language, English, or linguistics.

Master’s programs are designed for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field like education, English or modern languages, and want to start a career teaching English to non-native speakers. Most master’s are available as an MA qualification and take one or two years of study to complete.

TESOL programs are usually taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also spend a lot of time doing independent study and have one-to-one sessions with professors where you can discuss your research and dissertation.

The modules and topics you’ll cover will vary depending on the TESOL program you choose and the university you attend. Some common areas of study include:

  • English language teaching
  • Language teacher education
  • Key issues in TESOL
  • Pedagogical grammar
  • Psychology of language learning
  • Materials development
  • Language variation and acquisition

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Tesol study abroad programs

Tesol undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in tesol

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    Early Childhood Education and TESOL - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Elementary Education (Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language) - BAEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    English/TESOL Non-Certification - BA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Japanese & TESOL - BA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - BA University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,250 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in tesol

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    TESOL - Cert Trinity Western University, Canada | Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 CAD
    Start date
    September, January
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Tesol graduate programs

Master's in tesol

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    TESOL - Concentration in Educational Technology - MA TESOL Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,600 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    TESOL - MA TESOL American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,600 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    TESOL, Leadership and Management - MA University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,000 GBP
    Start date
    October, January
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    TESOL - MA TESOL University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in tesol

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    TESOL - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in tesol

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    TESOL - PGCert Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    6,300 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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Future tesol careers

Most students that graduate with a TESOL degree do so with the aim of becoming an English teacher. If this is your aim, be aware that you may need additional teaching qualifications before you are able to teach professionally.

Some of the roles TESOL graduates achieve include:

  • English teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Education manager
  • Teacher trainer
  • Materials developer
  • Education researcher
  • Publisher

Use your university’s careers service if it has one, as they’ll be able to help you with your job search after graduation.