Teaching English in Turkey: At a Glance

Turkish baths, shish kebabs, and delicious raki are part of every day life in Turkey that is the result of a vast history of intertwined cultures. ESL teachers can spend their days visiting the sites that hosted Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and inspired Homer's Illiad, or relax on the white sands of the Mediterrannean and visit the nearby Greek Isles.

Monthly Salary*:1,500 - 3,800 TRY
Accommodations:Usually included or allowance given
Airfare:Reimbursement (full or partial) sometimes given
Health Care:Included
Holidays:Sometimes paid
Teaching Hours per Week:20 - 35
Typical Contract Length:One year or less
Typical Start Month(s):Year round
Application Timeline:2 - 3 months
Private Tutoring per Hour:25 - 100 TRY
Income Tax††:15 - 35%
Cost of Living**:Cost of a Big Mac = 8.50 TRY
Exchange Rate:As of 04-20-2014
10.00 TRY = 4.70 USD
1.00 USD = 2.13 TRY
Ability to Save:Moderate
Visa:Employer sponsors
Minimum Requirements:Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate and Bachelor's Degree
Additional Notes:Previous ESL teaching experience preferred






Other Eastern Europe Countries:

Bulgaria ~ Czech Republic ~ Georgia ~ Hungary ~ Poland ~ Romania ~ Russia ~ Slovakia ~ Turkey




With over 10,000 years of history and heritage, Turkey provides a taste of both European and Middle Eastern cultures. The markets offer an array of shopping delights, and relaxation is made easy by visiting Turkish baths. The demand for English teachers is continuously increasing. With the Greek Isles being only a short ferry ride away, Turkey remains a popular destination for ESL teachers.

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification and the  Graduate Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality.  Learn more about teaching English in Turkey and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-800-779-1779, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
** The Big Mac Index is a credible, reliable, third-party cost-of-living index created by The Economist. For comparison purposes, it lists the cost of an American Big Mac at $4.62.
† Exchange rates are subject to change. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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