[2022] Teaching English in Vietnam - Requirements, salary, visa, more (2023)

You probably won’t believe me if I tell you that hundreds if not, thousands of expats are coming to Vietnam every year to teach English. Even though the demand is skyrocketing, there are loads of mistakes that they do and still doing. So, someone who has taught English in Vietnam will tell you what you need to know before signing a contract with someone who offered you a teaching job here or before youbook your one-way ticket.

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Ugly Truths about Teaching English in Vietnam



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Dress code for women teachers

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Vietnam is one of thecountries with the highest demand for English teachers, which is good. It means that if locals speak English, the country can attract more tourists, businesses from different countries, more jobs for the locals, and competitive economic growth.

If you visit anyexpat Facebook groupsor simply Googling teaching English in Vietnam, it will surely overwhelmyou with unending posts about job offers. Whether you decide tolive in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), or even in smaller cities like Hoi An, Da Nang, or Nha Trang, you can get yourself a job easily.

Ugly Truths about Teaching English in Vietnam

There are loads of private English centres and public schools that are desperate to get their hands on a foreign teacher.However, there are a few ugly truths you need to know and prepare yourself:

  • Most of these schools are in favour of native English speakers, especially the schools that are focusing on specific accents to teach to their students. Unfortunately, even if you have the accent they are looking for; often, these schools would overlook this and still prefer to hire a Caucasian person regardless of your work experience and education.
  • This means that even if you are a native English speaker, your skin colour affects your chances. Many expats and even locals have voiced their concern about how wrong this is. Sadly, the change regarding this discrimination is still a long way to go.
  • Non-native English speakers and not white will have a little challenge in finding the job they are hoping for but still possible. If you are more than qualified, you should look into bigger companies and international schools, they are more professional and are more interested in your experiences and qualifications.
  • Racism in Vietnam in the field of ESL teaching is widely spread. People of colour are having a harder time getting an ESL job simply because of their skin colour or accent despite their years of experience in this field.
  • If you were offered a way less rate simply because you are not Caucasian but you know that you are a qualified one, don’t accept or sign the contract. There are jobs and students who are willing to pay you rightly,and know your value. If all aspiring ESL teachers coming to Vietnam will fight this massive race issue by rejecting low paid jobs, at some point, hopefully, Vietnam will see everyone’s value equally.


It is true if I tell you that work experience is not very much a requirement if you decide to teach English in Vietnam. This is sad on all levels, despite the cry out of the expat community for the Vietnamese schools to raise their standard in hiring a teacher, the demand is just too high to take this subject on top of the discussion.

However, there are schools with high standards that are strict in hiring ESL teachers in Vietnam. They require certain experiences and they always take the legal path.


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You won’t believe how many English teachers come here and work on a tourist visa. This is, in fact, illegal, if you plan to work here, you need to secure a business visa and/or awork permit. Working on a tourist permit or on illegal documents will result in serious trouble such as deportation and entry ban in the country.

If the school let you work on a tourist visa, this is a red flag and a sign of unprofessionalism. They are more likely to screw you over at some point. For example, not paying you in time for your last paycheck when you quit the job or simply firing you without any acceptable reason. They can also use this against you as you cannot ask for legal help regarding this matter.

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Once you have a work permit, you can apply for a Temporary Residence Card valid for 1-3 years. Using this, you can exit and enter Vietnam without needing a visa. The process of obtaining a Temporary Residence Card is easy and quick but you will need a work permit which can take time depending on what documents you have ready,

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Can I Work in Vietnam on a Business Visa

You are legally allowed to apply for a job, stay in Vietnam, and work ona business visa. However, you areONLYallowed to work on a business visa while waiting for your work permit to be processed.

You will have to hold proof that you are or your employer is currently processing your work permit to avoid getting into trouble.

To explain it easier, you areNOTallowed to work on a business visa long-term, you are required to hold a work permit which your employer will help you get.

NOTE: As of 2022, English teachers must enter Vietnam either with a business visa sponsored by their employer or with a valid work permit.


As I mentioned, being a native English speaker with white skin can land you a job easily but there are still a couple of job requirements you have to prepare. Thankfully, a lot of schools are getting wiser and more professional as the year comes by. Here are the common requirements when applying for an English teaching job in Vietnam:

  • a Bachelor’s degree– in 2021, it is announced that the teacher’s Bachelor’s degree must be related to teaching or English to qualify for a work permit/TRC
  • TEFL/TOFEL/CELTAGet your TEFL Certificatenow online and enjoy35% offif you usevietnam35as a coupon code – You can also get certified once you are in Vietnam
  • a valid passport and visa
  • other documents to prove your education and work experiences
  • criminal background check – from your home country or country of residence in the last 3 years
  • CV

TIP: Look for schools that will check not only your accent, and physical appearance, but also who will require you to have experience in teaching, a teaching certificate, a bachelor’s/master’s degree. These schools are more serious in the business, which is also concerned with the quality of teaching they provide to their students.

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Some schools will ask you to do a demo lesson at least for a minimum of 30-minutes, some demos are paid whilst the others are not. Remember to ask this before agreeing to perform one. Be aware that some schools invite a lot of aspiring English teachers and require a demo for free. While the truth is they basically get different teachers to teach their students without paying anything while they make money from it (because those students pay for a class).


Salary is quite attractive in Vietnam if you compare it to thecost of living. This section will give you a ballpark idea on how is the salary of an English teacher in Vietnam.

Per hour

The pay ranges from $15-$25 per hour whereas a full-time teacher works at least 20 hours a week, some work for 40 hours a week. If you prefer to work as a private tutor, this is less hassle but the pay varies. The rate also varies depending on your location, outside the city or in rural areas pay a little less but provide accommodation. Smaller cities and towns also pay less.

There are some schools that will hire you and start the pay at $18 with a chance of a raise depending on your performance. Always double check your contract before signing.

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If you want a sneak peek at the budget for moving to Vietnam, you can read ithere.

Non-native English Speaker/Non-Caucasian

Sadly, despite your experience, if you are a non-native English speaker, often you will be offered a lower salary ($10-$15/hour). Another painful reality is even if you are a native English speaker if you are not Caucasian, there is a big chance that you will get paid lower as well.

In this situation, especially if you have the experience, you should work with well-known language centres or international schools that look past your physical appearance but rather value your skills and experiences.

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There are a few schools or agencies that will offer you free accommodation or transportation allowance. Based on the stories I heard, it’s mostly a hit and misses, you can be offered a decent accommodation or a crappy one.Housing is relatively cheap in Vietnam, therefore, I suggest you find your own instead. Whiletransportation in Vietnamis cheap too, you won’t have a problem getting around. If you need a suggestion for a hostel in Vietnam while looking for an apartment, check ourrecommendation list.

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This is a very common question from aspiring English teachers in Vietnam. In my personal experience, I only start finding a teaching job when I arrived in Vietnam, this made all my interviews, demo lessons, and even getting tips from English teachers a lot more convenient. My friend started applying for a possible job before moving here, he scheduled interviews and demos beforehand and did it right away after he arrived.

Personally, I won’t accept an ESL job unless I’m in Vietnam, this is to avoid scams too but it’s a personal choice. I know many teachers who accepted job offers before arriving and it went well.


This is surely one of the questions that bother you a lot. Apart from searching online and using different sites that have job listings, there are other options as well like the following:

Via Facebook Groups

One of the most effective ways of finding an English teaching job in Vietnam is tojoin Facebook groupsdepending on your location. You will see that there are job offers popping up almost every day.

You can also upload your job posting, CV, contact details, and what you are looking for and ESL schools and centres will reach out to you. If you receive an offer but are in doubt about if it is legitimate or not, you can ask the expat groups, even though they can be rude, a lot of them are still helpful.


You can also directly find reputable schools in Vietnam online and then apply directly to their sites. We recommend you to be cautious as some job listings on other sites can be dodgy. Remember to never pay anything or anyone who promises to get you a job – this scheme is always if not, often a scam.

If you decided to teach in China instead which pays a better salary than in any Southeast Asian country, we recommend youcheck this siteto apply for a job.

Teach Online

Another way to earn money being an ESL teacher is to teach online. There are great benefits in doing this like you can teach while travelling, you don’t need to hustle through the traffic and spend money on transportation, you can teach comfortably at home to name a few.


Once you have found a teaching job and signed a contract, there are a lot of things that you still need to prepare. One of them is to pack the right work clothes. The dress code for teaching in Vietnam is not a lot different in other parts of the world. You are expected to dress at least semi-formal.

Depending on where you will be living and teaching, some schools have AC while others don’t. If you will be in the north, pack a good semi-formal jacket as it can be cold during winter, while in the south, make sure you pack comfortable clothes, the humidity can be very irritating.

Dress code for women teachers

Here are some ideas on what you can wear when teaching:

  • a dress that is knee-length or longer with a small sleeve or longer and has a standard neckline
  • dress pants and a button shirt with a sleeve on
  • a knee-length skirt or longer and button shirt sleeve
  • you can wear a sleeveless blouse but use a jacket cardigan
  • black shoes, high heel shoes or flat shoes are all acceptable as long as they are closed

Some schools allow a casual get up once a week, it’s best to ask your school coordinator about the proper dress code when teaching.

Dress code for men teachers

Here are some ideas on the dress code for men teachers:

  • dress pants and a button sleeve shirt
  • dress pants and a polo shirt
  • black shoes
  • it is not expected to wear a tie unless specified by your school

Some days, casual jeans and a shirt is allowed but it’s best to ask your school coordinator to explain to you the dress code.


The most important things to remember are; the demand for an ESL job, visa options, working experience, educational background, TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate, English centre vs Public School, salary, and job requirements. These are the things you need to know before you decide on teaching English in Vietnam or hopping on a plane heading to Vietnam or worse committing and signing a job contract.

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If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section and we will do our best to answer them.


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What visa do I need to teach English in Vietnam? ›

A 3 month visa with single entry is commonly advised to apply first when planning up to teach English here in Vietnam. You can also apply for a 3-month multiple-entries visa which allows you to go out and re-enter the country during the 3 months.

Is Vietnam Open for English teachers? ›

Due to the demand for teachers, Vietnam offers the perfect teaching job abroad for those who have just gained their TEFL qualification, with plenty of entry-level jobs teaching English to be found across the country.

How much is the salary of an English teacher in Vietnam? ›

Salary. The average monthly income in Vietnam is approximately $1,500 USD (typical for most teachers who work for one language school).

Which country pays highest salary to English teachers? ›

Which country pays the highest salary to English teachers?
  • South Korea ($1,150-$2,650 USD a month)
  • China ($1,200-$2,600 USD a month)
  • Japan ($1,700-$2,600 USD a month)
  • Taiwan ($2,000-$3,000 USD a month)
  • Gulf Arab States ($2,000-$5,000 USD a month)
  • Honorable Mention: Vietnam ($1,500-$2,000 USD a month)
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How much are Vietnam visa fees? ›

Type of visaService feeStamping fee
1 month single entry90 USD25 USD
1 month multiple entry95 USD50 USD
3 months single entry120 USD25 USD
3 months multiple entry135 USD50 USD

How much does a work visa cost for Vietnam? ›

Foreign employees with a TRC can enter and exit Vietnam without a visa within the valid terms of their TRC. The processing time typically takes five working days while the fee varies between US$80 to US$120 depending on the duration of the card.

What is the age limit for teaching in Vietnam? ›

Public schools, however, will hire into the mid-50s (especially those with teaching experience). Teachers older than 50 will find it much more difficult to find jobs. Other Asian countries, like China, Thailand, Vietnam maintain official retirement ages of 55-60 that have been increasingly enforced in recent years.

What documents do I need to teach English in Vietnam? ›

TEFL teachers applying for jobs in Vietnam should expect to have the following documents available to process their work visa:
  • Bachelor's degree (original copy)
  • Valid passport.
  • Passport photos.
  • TEFL Certification.
  • A clean criminal background check from your home country (see below)
28 Jun 2022

How long can you teach English in Vietnam for? ›

Teaching contracts in Vietnam usually last around 12 months, and the country is a great fit for nomadic types who want to settle in one place for a while. Because there is so much to see and do in Vietnam, it makes for a great first destination for anyone interested in teaching English abroad.

What is Vietnam monthly salary? ›

Wage and salary in Vietnam are very dissimilar across occupations and contrast starkly between urban and rural areas. The average wage per person in Vietnam is around 3.45 million VND ($150) a month and differentiated by many factors.
Average Salary.
CareerAverage monthly salary (VND/USD)
Real Estate17 million VND ~ $720 US
9 more rows

Which country paid highest salary to teacher? ›

Switzerland ranks among the countries with the highest teacher salaries in the world. According to sources, a high school teacher is entitled to a compensation of 71,500 Fr (US $73,646.93) at the start of their career, including bonuses, overtime allowances, and tips.

What is the basic salary in Vietnam? ›

On 12 June 2022, the Government issued a new order (Decree 38/2022/ND-CP) prescribing statutory minimum wages paid to employees working under labour contracts. Accordingly, the statutory minimum wage per month has increased by an average of 6% (from VND 180,000/month to VND 260,000/month).

Which language gives more salary? ›

1. Python. Python is a high-level general-purpose programming language.

Which language gives highest salary? ›

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  • Ruby on Rails.
  • Perl.
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  • Java.
  • Swift.
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Which country is best for English teachers? ›

10 Best Countries to Teach English and Save Money
  • Saudi Arabia: Save $800 - $1,000+/month. ...
  • China: Save $600 - $1,500+/month. ...
  • South Korea: Save $1,000 - $1,500+/month. ...
  • Japan: Save $500 - $700/month. ...
  • Taiwan: Save $500+/month. ...
  • Vietnam: Save $400-$600+/month. ...
  • Turkey: Save $300 - $500+/month. ...
  • Czech Republic: Save $200 -$500/month.
10 Jan 2022

Can I get a 5-year visa for Vietnam? ›

5-year visa exemption for Vietnam is granted to Vietnamese overseas, foreigners who are spouses, children of Vietnamese overseas, or Vietnamese citizens. The visa exemption certificate acts as a long-term visa for its holders to visit Vietnam at any time within 5 years.

How do I get a Vietnam visa for 2022? ›

Access to the Vietnam e-visa online official website https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn > select E-visa > select For foreigners.
  1. Start your Vietnam evisa online application here.
  2. Guide to get Vietnam evisa online.
  3. Upload photos for Vietnam electronic visa application.
  4. Vietnam e-visa application form.
  5. Sample of Vietnam e visa.

How much is a 1 year visa to Vietnam? ›

The fee is $95 for Vietnam 6 months multiple entry visa and $135 for 1 year multiple entry visa.

Can I get a 3 month visa for Vietnam? ›

Tourist visa can be extended once you are arriving to Vietnam. In some cases, you can apply for a 3 month visa for tourism purpose; the procedure will be the same with 1 month visa. In other words, Vietnamese tourist visa's validity can be from 15 days to 3 months.

How much money do I need to stay in Vietnam? ›

For a more comfortable backpacker experience in Vietnam, it's best to budget around $50 per day. This way, you'll have more money to spend on things like food, drinks, activities and hotel rooms. For a comfortable mid-range experience in Vietnam, it's best to budget $60 to $100 per day for your entire costs.

Is it easy to get Vietnam visa? ›

Vietnam visa fees are quite reasonable. For the visa approval letter, you pay a fee online, $17 and up, depending on the type of visa and how many you are requesting. You will also pay a fee upon arrival for the visa stamp. This will cost an additional $25 for a single entry visa and $50 for multiple entries.

What documents do you need to teach in Vietnam? ›

If you plan to teach in Vietnam for more than 3 months, you are required to have a working permit.
II. Working permit
  • Bachelor's degree. ...
  • Teaching certificate. ...
  • Health report. ...
  • Criminal record check.
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How do I get a TEFL Certificate in Vietnam? ›

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Can I take ESL classes with tourist visa? ›

Federal law allows tourists to take short, part-time courses of study with a B1/B2 visa. Morning, evening and weekend schedules available. Receive an official certificate of completion to show your progress learning English in the USA. Enroll in a part-time course of study in English as a Second Language (ESL) today!

Do you need a TEFL to teach in Vietnam? ›

To teach English in Vietnam, you'll need a degree, and a minimum of Professional TEFL certificate (120 Hours); although our 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course is preferred if you have no experience of teaching. You'll need your BA certificate and your TEFL certificate to get your Visa.

What is the age limit for teaching in Vietnam? ›

Public schools, however, will hire into the mid-50s (especially those with teaching experience). Teachers older than 50 will find it much more difficult to find jobs. Other Asian countries, like China, Thailand, Vietnam maintain official retirement ages of 55-60 that have been increasingly enforced in recent years.

What are the requirements before a teacher is hired? ›

The Bottom Line
  • Complete your bachelor's degree.
  • Complete student teaching (usually as your last semester of college)
  • Pass the exam(s) required by your state.
  • Obtain any required clearances, such as fingerprints or child abuse clearance.
  • Apply for your certificate in the state you wish to teach.

How much money do you give for Tet? ›

Normally, the amount of lucky money given ranges from 20.000VND to 500.000VND, from 100.000 VND to 500.000 VND for a close relationship and from 20.000 VND to 100.000 VND for acquaintances.

Which country is best for TEFL course? ›

Here are the best countries for TEFL certifications, depending on your desired experience.
  • Online.
  • Vietnam.
  • South Korea.
  • Thailand.
  • China.
  • Japan.
  • Spain.
  • France.
2 Aug 2022

Where is the best place to teach in Vietnam? ›

The Best Places to Teach English in Vietnam
  • Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, the bustling southern metropolis formerly known as Saigon, offers plenty of work teaching English due to its population alone. ...
  • Hanoi. Vietnam's capital and second-largest city is a famed destination for teaching English abroad. ...
  • Da Nang. ...
  • Hue.
9 Apr 2020

How can I get my TEFL certificate fast? ›

International TEFL + TESOL Training

The basic 120-hour package is the best solution for someone looking to teach abroad in a hurry and will probably take no more than 3 months to complete.

Can I convert a tourist visa to a student visa? ›

If you are in the United States on a visitor visa, you can still change to F-1 student status to reflect your new circumstances. If you want to do this, you will already need to have been accepted to study at a U.S. academic institution, and fulfill all the other requirements of the F-1 visa.

Can I change my tourist visa to a work visa? ›

The answer is yes, you can, but should you? A change of status means a change in your intention. For example, when you obtain a visa and enter the USA, you would have expressed to the US government your intention of a brief visit. The change in such intention can be construed to be deliberate and preconceived.

Can you convert visitor visa to work visa? ›

Extending your visitor visa

Once you hold a visitor visa, you cannot extend it or convert it into another type of visa, such as a working visa.

How long can you teach English in Vietnam for? ›

Teaching contracts in Vietnam usually last around 12 months, and the country is a great fit for nomadic types who want to settle in one place for a while. Because there is so much to see and do in Vietnam, it makes for a great first destination for anyone interested in teaching English abroad.

What skills are in demand in Vietnam? ›

87% of HR professionals selected “active learning” as the most needed skill for employees, followed by “ICT literacy” (77%), as well as “monitoring self and others” (77%). Communication skills such as verbal communication, writing and reading comprehension are no longer prioritized.

Can I work in Vietnam without a degree? ›

The following are cases that can apply for work permit Vietnam without a degree: Foreign labors who are the Board of Directors members of the joint-stock company or Limited-liability company (they are not the owner or shareholders of the company)


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