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Teaching English in Austria‏‎

TEFL/TESOL in Austria‏‎

© <a href='http://www.flickr.com/the_quiksilver_boy/' target='_blank'>Prepelita Alexandru</a>There is always a demand for qualified teachers of English in Austria. It is a stunning country and if you like the mix of healthy outdoor life and historic cities then you are in for a treat!

Qualifications for Austria

The usual requirements to teach English in Austria are a degree and a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate.

The ability to speak some German will increase your chances but is certainly not a deal breaker. Also if you have experience teaching Business English‏‎ that will help your chances as well. Any additional skills help here as Austrian language schools seek to differentiate themselves by offering more than just traditional general English courses. They also like to build long-term relationships with their teachers so if you plan on staying longer this helps.

Teaching English in Austria

In private language schools most teachers work on a freelance basis so contact the individual language schools for information about their employment criteria and the type of contract they offer.

UK and Irish citizens will find it easier to find employment due to their right to live and work in any European Union‏‎ country. Americans and other native English speakers will have a harder time as getting a work or residence permit is notoriously time consuming. If you are a non-EU citizen you should contact your embassy to see what the specific requirements are for you to work in Austria.

A work permit to teach or tutor English is not required in Austria if you are self-employed. There is however a license (Gewerbeschein) required if you wish to form classes of 5 students or more.

If you are freelancing and have a work contract (Werkvertrag) with a firm, however, it is important to distinguish whether you are truly self-employed or whether you are an employee of the firm. The most important issue legally is how dependent you are on the firm. Make sure you are aware of what is involved with this.

Pay & Conditions

Pay varies but starts around €1000 ($1264 USD, £804) per month. Some teachers find they need to work at more than one school to earn a decent salary but by doing this they can build up to about €2000 ($2528 USD, £1608) or even up to €3000 ($3791 USD, £2413) per month at the high end of the market and for universities, etc.

Private lessons run at about €15 ($19 USD, £12) to €20 ($25 USD, £16) per hour.

Accommodation could well begin at around €500 ($632 USD, £402) per month. Living costs are high in Austria and although salaries are reasonable there is not often the opportunity to save much.

Useful Links

Teachers of English in Austria – non-profit organization for TEFL teachers in Austria

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