Europe TEFL Job Markets


With the emergence of the European Union (EU), the use of English as a common language for business and education is now essential. The majority of the hiring in Western Europe is conducted locally and face-to-face, and most teachers begin working immediately after they’re hired. Interviewing in advance is more common in Central/Eastern Europe. Most jobs are teaching adults in private language schools, but the market for teaching young learners is growing.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Austria
  • Visa: EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $3,450 - 4,800 USD (3,055 – 4,250 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,900 – 2,650 (1,720 - 2,400 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,900 – 2,650 (1,720 - 2,400 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Belgium
  • Visa: EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $3,075 - 3,900 (2,725 – 3,450 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,675 – 2,150 (1,530 - 1,950 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,675 – 2,150 (1,530 - 1,950 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September & January
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Bulgaria
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $750 - 1,200 (1,310 – 2,100 BGN)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $420 - 700 USD (735 - 1,200 BGN)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $420 - 700 USD (735 - 1,200 BGN)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Croatia
  • Visa: EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,020 - 1,200 (6,800 – 8,000 HRK)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $575 - 675 (3,880 - 4,560 HRK)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $575 - 675 (3,880 - 4,560 HRK)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Mostly face-to-face in Czech Republic; some phone/Skype
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to contractor visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,700 – 2,450 (40,700 – 58,700 CZK)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $690 – 1,125 (16,540 - 26,900 CZK)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $690 – 1,125 (16,540 - 26,900 CZK)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in France
  • Visa: Student visa, work visa through goverment program, or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $3,075 - 3,900 (2,725 - 3,450 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,675 – 2,150 (1,530 - 1,940 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,675 – 2,150 (1,530 - 1,940 Euro)

InterExchange's School Teaching Assistant France program is volunteer, however, participants receive full room and board and work with children. Placement in a screened host family and school is confirmed before departing the U.S.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, notrequired
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Germany
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to contractor visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $3,000 - 4,500 (2,650 – 3,990 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,110 – 2,150 (1,000 - 1,940 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,110 – 2,150 (1,000 - 1,940 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Greece
  • Visa: EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 1,950 (1,325 - 1,725 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $820 - 1,075 (746 - 970 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $820 - 1,075 (746 - 970 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Hungary
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,050 - 1,500 (290,000 - 413,000 HUF)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - 850 (164,110 - 234,450 HUF)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $600 - 850 (164,110 - 234,450 HUF)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September, October and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Italy
  • Visa: Tourist or student visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $2,250 - 2,700 (1,990 - 2,390 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,230 - 1,490 (1,120 - 1,350 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,230 - 1,490 (1,120 - 1,350 Euro)

InterExchange's School Teaching Assistant Italy program is volunteer, however, participants receive full room and board and work with children. Placement in a screened host family and school is confirmed prior to departing the U.S.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: May and August
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Lithuania
  • Visa: Tourist or student visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,500 (2,750 - 4,600 LTL)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $500 – 850 (1,550 – 2,580 LTL)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $500 – 850 (1,550 – 2,580 LTL)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September, October and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Poland
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $1,200 - 1,350 (4,500 – 5,100 PLN)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $650 - 725 (2,500 - 2,800 PLN)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $650 - 725 (2,500 - 2,800 PLN)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Portugal
  • Visa: EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $2,100 - 2,700 (1,860 - 2,390 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,150 - 1,540 (1,045 - 1,400 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,150 - 1,540 (1,045 - 1,400 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Mostly face-to-face in Romania; some phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $600 - 700 (2,400 – 2,800 RON)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $290 - 375 (1,160 - 1,500 RON)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $290 - 375 (1,160 - 1,500 RON)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Russia
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Some free housing
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Some return flight
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $1,500 - 2,250 (103,000 - 153,000 RUB)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $535 - 1,025 (36,500 – 70,000 RUB)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $535 - 1,025 (36,500 – 70,000 RUB)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: September and January
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Slovakia
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $1,000 - 1,500 (890 - 1,330 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $450 – 1,000 (410 - 672 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $450 – 1,000 (410 - 672 Euro)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Late-September - early October and January
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Spain; Skype in advance for government program
  • Visa: Tourist, student or work visa via government program or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $2,250 - 3,000 (1,990 - 2,650 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,230 – 1,490 (1,120 - 1,500 Euro)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,230 – 1,490 (1,120 - 1,500 Euro)

InterExchange's School Teaching Assistant Spain program is volunteer, however, participants receive full room and board and can work with children. Placement in a screened host family and school is confirmed prior to departing the U.S.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Turkey
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Some free housing or subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $1,200 - 2,400 (3,450 – 6,875 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,225 (1,700 - 3,500 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,225 (1,700 - 3,500 TRY)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 10 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Ukraine
  • Visa: Tourist visa or EU Citizenship
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Some free housing
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency):: $900 - 1,500 (24,000 - 40,000 UAH)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $270 - 450 (7,260 - 12,100 UAH)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $270 - 450 (7,260 - 12,100 UAH)

NOTE:

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Start-up costs are estimates in a country for housing, food and expenses until receiving your first paycheck, which is typically 30 days after start of contract.

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