5 Ways to Work Abroad Without a Degree

5 Ways to Work Abroad Without a Degree March 18, 20198 Comments
5 ways to work abroad without a degree

It is very possible to work abroad without a degree. If you dream of living & working overseas, we encourage you to not let the fact that you don’t have a degree stop you from going after this dream.

At HCG, we believe that a degree although useful is not a prerequisite for working abroad. Having a skill is more important and can earn you money that allows you to pursue your dream to work abroad.

Here are 5 opportunities that allow you to work abroad without a degree:

1. Teach English abroad

To teach English overseas, you will need to complete a certification but you don’t need to have a degree. You can complete in-person and online programmes to become certified and most companies offer opportunities for you to work abroad after you gain your certification.

2. Apply for an internship

Internships are fantastic opportunities for you to learn, work and live abroad for a specified period of time. If you have not developed a skill as yet, then this also provides you with an opportunity to do so and gain work experience.

3. Do a job that allows you to work remotely

Offer your skills online on sites like Fiverr and other Freelancing sites. This type of work allows you to be mobile and work from the location of your choice. We share a list of sites that allow you to be mobile here


4. Complete a gap year

A gap year is a great way to live and work abroad. Although typically geared towards those in their early twenties, I’m a firm believer that anyone can take a year out to pursue a new interest or direction.

5. Land a job overseas

Successfully securing a job at one of the large multinational companies with offices in multiple countries is another way to work and live abroad.

The majority of roles in these companies may require a degree. However, there are usually some that do not require this. It’s, therefore, worth taking a look and seeing what may be available for you. Visit our jobs page here.


I hope this post has shown you that there are opportunities available to work abroad without a degree. Your attitude and persistence in exploring your options and putting in effort required are bigger determining factors than a degree.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences.


  1. Very interesting information. In this globally connected economy we are all encased in today I’m assuming there are virtually thousands of people who would truly appreciate the opportunity to be able to pursue opportunities in areas other than their own backyard.
    You have presented some opportunities here that most people without degrees may have never considered.

    1. Hi Tony, thanks so much for your comment. Yes, Iā€™m sure that they are many people who are interested in pursuing opportunities abroad and I hope this post gives them useful information.

  2. I am amazed at the various opportunities that allow for people to live a flexible lifestyle that allows them to travel and earn a livable wage. I currently teach online and I know many others that travel and do the same. However, I am not able to travel abroad as my husband and I have 2 babies now. It is a dream for us for the future though! Blog posts like this inspire me for that future opportunity!

    1. Hi Candice, thank you for your feedback. Yes, there are many ways to make money and have a flexible lifestyle which for me is the best of both worlds šŸ™‚ You’ve definitely completed stage 1 as you’re making money online so it’s only a matter of time until you can increase your flexibility. All the best!

  3. My husband and I have been researching ways to travel full-time with our kids. These days you can access internet almost everywhere, making it much easier to work remotely. Awhile ago, I was looking into teaching English as a second language online. This post was a timely reminder to research that option deeper. Thanks for the great info!

  4. You are absolutely right. There are millions of people who want to live abroad and experience the world without necessarily tied up to a particular location when they can ” carry ” their work in a laptop or iPad. Gone are the days only the rich and financially independent people can have the luxury of travelling the world and living abroad. These days with a little effort practically anybody can afford it . Money earned doing online works as you suggested is one of the best way to do it.

    Very useful information

    1. Hi Matt, thanks for your comment. You are right, the world has changed and it’s not only the rich who travel and live abroad as many people from various backgrounds are doing it now.

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