Teach English in Russia

Spanning over two continents, 12 seas and 11 time zones, Russia is the world's largest country. Beyond its size, Russia has an enchanting history. ESL teachers seeking adventure and cultural experience will find Russia to be an ideal choice.

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What to Know about Teaching English in Russia

Employment Requirements


Employers prefer candidates who hold a university degree, but one is not required to teach English in Russia.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

Citizenship Requirements

Many employers require citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa to legally teach English in China. Some positions may accept nationals of other countries who are fluent in English and have a TEFL certification.

Employment Requirements

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Private language schools

Teaching Hours

20-30 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


Varies by employer, plus national holidays

Contract Period

12 months

Income and Living Costs


$800 - $1800 per month

Living Costs

$500 - 1200 per month

Savings Potential


Startup Cost

$1000 - 2000


Employers may provide private or shared housing


Airfare reimbursement is not typically offered by employers in Russia

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply

Year-round. Peak months are September and January

Hiring Process

Many employers prefer to interview in-person in Russia. Some employers will interview over the phone in advance


Work visa sponsored by the school for qualified teachers

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