What are the requirements for becoming a tutor?

You must be at least 18 years old. You do not need to have any prior teaching experience, although you must have completed a high school education.

What kind of permit do I need to be able to work?

It depends on the country in which you currently reside. Please check with our Program Manager, Camelia ( for specific questions.

Do I need a computer?

No. If you have a mobile phone that works with Skype, that’s all you need!

What if I do not have reliable internet access?

If you live in an area with public internet cafes or a public library, we suggest using those facilities. If that is not an option, we are partnered with numerous organizations around the world that may be able to help. Send us an email with your location, and we will try to put you in touch with someone who can help!

Will I need to report my income for tax purposes?

Our hosting service, italki, is not an employer or independent contractor of tutors. On italki, you are self-employed. It is your responsibility to report self-employed income. We do not provide special tax forms for this purpose. If you need proof of payment, you can print out PayPal (or other payment provider) invoices, or your italki session history. For more information: see this link

What tutoring sessions should I offer?

You must offer a 30-minute Informal Tutoring Session. You can create additional tutoring lesson plans as you please.

How many lessons will I have?

This depends on our student-to-tutor ratio. All tutors will be able to teach lessons every week during the school semester.


Does the university pay for their participation in these programs?

We offer FREE trial sessions to all new university programs. After the trial, each university is responsible to pay for its students' participation in our programs. Contact us to start your free trial!

How do the programs work at a university? How are they sustainable?

Our programs are integrated into the university's language curriculum. We can work with you to build a student team at your university to help lead the program on the ground with the support and mentorship of our team

How to get started?

Follow our Sign Up page if you are an interested education partner or independent student, or visit our Contact page for more information.

What does "forcibly displaced individual" mean?

CU’s definition of “forcibly displaced” is inclusive of the millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to human, economic, and/or environmental insecurity. Through our work, we have learned that terms such as "forcibly displaced individual," "newcomer," and "person with a migration background" are considered more appropriate vocabulary than the highly politicized term "refugee," and so we aim to acknowledge this contentious language and promote more thoughtful terminology. Furthermore, we believe that what is coined the "refugee crisis" actually reflects (and should be described as) an administrative or political crisis of a state handling the influx of new arrivals.