Teaching English in Austria

By | January 12, 2014

Austria is a German speaking country located in the centre of Europe. It is landlocked country home to around 9 million people and it borders the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Austria has a great transport system it’s very easy to get around the country and visit other countries around Europe. Vienna has great rail and air connections so that you can easily get anywhere you want.

Austria is one of the richest countries in the world and has developed a very high standard of living for its residents. It is a member of the EU and uses the Euro as its currency.

Read more about Austria from Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Austria

Vienna International Centre

Vienna International Centre – Image courtesy of WikiMedia.

With great access to surrounding countries, a rich history, strong culture and fantastic skiing, it is a very popular destination. There are so many things going for Austria that you will never get bored. It is home to Vienna, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The culture is very exciting in Austria, especially in the largest city and capital city, Vienna. It was the unofficial home of both Mozart and Beethoven and it boasts some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture anywhere in the world.

If you’re interested in winter sports then you’re in luck. Most of Austria is mountainous and you can enjoy some of the best ski slopes in the world. Popular alpine sports include skiing, snowboarding and ski-jumping. Moreover, the bob-sleigh and luge are very popular competitions in the country.

There is a real demand for native English speaking teachers in Austria and although the market is fairly competitive, it’s also fairly easy to secure a job if you have good qualifications and some experience.

Where to Teach English in Austria

The major cities for teaching English in Austria are Salzburg and Vienna and you’ll find that there are many foreign language schools in both these cities.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Austria

Private Schools

Austria

Beautiful Scenery!

Private schools are one of the biggest employers of native English speaking teachers in Austria. They are usually very good and will require that teachers have all the relevant qualifications and experience. They are normally the highest paying employers for TEFL teachers too.

Public Schools

You will also find that the public school system in Austria also employs native English speaking TEFL teachers. The education system in Austria is one of the best in the world and you’ll be working with some great teachers and students.

Summer Camps

Swarovski Crystal Worlds - Kristallwelten Swarovski

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Summer camps are quite popular in Austria and a number of them are focused around the English language. When your teaching contract is up, you might want to consider a summer break before the new term starts and summer camps can be a great way to fill this gap.

Private Lessons

A number of teachers supplement their income from teaching by doing private lessons for students. You probably won’t be able to make a full-time living out of doing private but it can certainly boost your salary and provide you with a little extra income.

Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

You don’t always need to have a degree; there are some schools that won’t require any kind of degree to work there. However, business and management English is becoming more popular in Austria and teachers with a degree or experience in business or management are highly sought after.

Having said that, those with a degree with find it easier to secure a job than those without and the salary offered will usually be higher too.

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Some schools will also employ teachers without a teaching certificate, but again, the better schools and the ones that pay the highest salaries will require some kind of teaching certificate. This would include an internationally recognised TEFL, TESOL or CELTA.

Usually, online courses with no classroom experience will not be good enough.

If you want to maximise your chances of finding a well-paid job teaching English in Austria then it would be better if you had both a degree and a teaching certificate.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

[sociallocker id=”1336″]Salaries can range considerably between different schools with salaries as low as €800 (1,100 USD) and as high as €1,800 (2,400 USD) for some schools. The salary depends on the school, area where you are teaching, and your qualifications and experience.

Schools don’t usually cover the cost of accommodation, flight and travel and you would usually be expected to cover these costs yourself.

Cities in Austria can be quite expensive, with monthly outgoings of around €600 (820 USD) to €800 (1,100 USD) per month. For this, you won’t be able to find a one-room apartment and a fairly decent one bedroom apartment in Vienna can cost at least €500 (680 USD) per month.

Most teachers share apartments with other expats and teachers and you probably won’t find a decent place to rent on your own within your price range.

For more information about the cost of living in Austria take a look at Numbeo.[/sociallocker]

Visa Requirements

Types of Vienna

Streets of Vienna

EU citizens are often preferred because they don’t require a visa to work in Austria. This doesn’t mean that native English speakers from countries outside of the EU can’t find a job, it’s just a little more difficult to secure the necessary paperwork.

If you come from outside the EU then you might need a work permit if you are employed by a school. For more information about visa requirements and work permits for non-EU citizens take a look at the Austrian Expat Center website.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Austria

Rooftops of Salzburg

Rooftops of Salzburg

There are many places to find a job teaching English in Austria. First of all, many schools advertise for positions on the internet on job listing websites. Moreover, schools will also advertise for vacant positions on their websites, so be sure to take a look.

Finding a job isn’t hard with the proper qualifications and some experience and most TEFL teachers will find work in September and October ready for the new academic year with most contracts ending around June.

You can also try contacting schools and prospective employers directly.

Teach English in Austria

There are many reasons why people go to teach English in Austria! The country is home to some beautiful countries, there is a real need for native English speaking teachers and the salary is pretty good.

Usually, citizens from EU countries are preferred because they don’t need a visa or a working permit. However, teachers from other countries can also find work too, but there is a lot more red tape involved.

The cost of living in Austria is very high, but the salary is fairly reasonable. You probably won’t earn enough money to save, but you should earn enough to cover your living costs.

Disclaimer

Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Austria, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.

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