Teaching English in Luxembourg

By | February 9, 2014

Luxembourg is a small landlocked country in Western Europe and it shares a border with Belgium, France and Germany. It is an advanced economy and is a member of international organisations such as the EU, NATO, and the United Nations. There are 3 official languages in the country including: Luxembourgish, French and German. High school students are not only required to be proficient in these 3 languages, they must also learn English.

The country is a very small country, currently ranked 179th in the world with around 2,600 square kilometres. The population is a little over half a million people. Having said this, the country is first in the world for its GDP per capita and 94th in the world in total. Luxembourg is a highly developed country and considered to be an advanced economic country.

By far the biggest economic sector is its banking and finance sector with the second largest investment fund centre anywhere in the world after the United States. The country has strict financial secrecy laws and has created a tax haven used by many international companies and leaders with claims that the former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has $4 billion hidden away in secret bank accounts in the country!

Read more about Luxembourg from Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Luxembourg

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City – Image courtesy of WikiMedia.

The country is littered with beautiful castles and fortresses and the culture is mixed with romance and influences from the surrounding countries. It’s a very beautiful country and attracts many visitors each year from all over the world. The English language is particularly important for the country in areas of finance, industry and tourism.

Despite English being an important part of the educational system in Luxembourg, there are not many opportunities for TEFL teachers and the sole reason for this is because of the size of the country. Luxembourg only has a population the size of a medium-sized city, but there are some opportunities for those with the appropriate qualifications and experience.

Where to Teach English in Luxembourg

Most people will find work in the largest city, Luxembourg City. You won’t find many opportunities, if any at all, in other parts of the small country.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Luxembourg

Schools

Alzette River

Alzette River

To work in the public schooling system you will need to be fluent in Luxembourgish and proficient in French and German. Therefore, most TEFL teachers would not be suitable and English teaching is usually undertaken by people from Luxembourg.

There are some private language schools in the country and they will employ native English speaking TEFL teachers. Usually they will have strict requirements and you will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, an internationally recognised teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA, and recent experience.

Moreover, there are some international schools in the country and they also employ native English speaking teachers. They offer the highest salaries but will also be the strictest in terms of qualifications and experience. You will usually need to be a qualified teacher in your home country with recent teaching experience in a primary or secondary school.

Businesses

Some TEFL teachers will also find work in companies for business English tuition for staff working in the finance industry. You will mostly be expected to teach business English and sometimes general English. Again, these jobs are usually few and far between.

Private Tuition

Taking private classes is another way to work as a teacher in Luxembourg. If you have been in the country for a little while and made some contacts, it’s quite possible to meet some people that are interested in taking private lessons.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

Luxembourg Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Luxembourg Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Moreover, as is the case with many European countries you would need to have at least a degree in any discipline, some kind of teaching certificate like a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA and some recent teaching experience.

There aren’t many schools or job opportunities for TEFL teachers in Luxembourg, so to even stand a chance of being considered for a position; you should meet the requirements above as a bare minimum.

International schools will also require that you are a certified teacher and that you have recent experience in either a primary or secondary school.

To stand out and give yourself an even higher chance of securing a job, you should have a master’s degree that is connected to education.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

[sociallocker id=”1608″]The typical salaries on offer can be anywhere from $1000 – $3000 per month. If you secure a job in an international school or university (there is only 1 university in Luxembourg!) then you can expect to earn towards the higher end of this pay scale.

The cost of living is particularly high in Luxembourg and you would be expected to find your own accommodation and pay for your own food and transport costs. With a 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre going for at least $1000 per month and inexpensive restaurants costing around $20 per meal, Luxembourg can be a very expensive place.

Get more detailed information about the cost of living in Luxembourg from Numbeo.[/sociallocker]

Visa Requirements

As is the case in most European countries that are in the EU, native English speaking teachers that come from the EU are often preferred because they don’t need a visa. For those that don’t come from the EU, you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit.

For more information about obtaining a work permit for Luxembourg, click here.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Luxembourg

Luxemburg city

Luxembourg city

Some of the international schools will advertise online and attend workshops around Europe to recruit appropriate teachers. You should regularly check international jobs boards to check for available positions.

Moreover, you can also find contact details for schools in Luxembourg from their website and contact them directly or check their website for available teaching positions.

Generally, businesses will advertise locally so it would be best to already be in the country. If you are already in Luxembourg, you can contact the schools directly and ask about vacant positions.

Teach English in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a very small country and it only has a population of around 500 thousand people. As a result, you won’t find that there are lots of teaching positions available, but some do arise every now and then.

The country is a very developed country and you will have a very high standard of living but it does come at a price. Luxembourg isn’t a cheap country to live in, but you will usually earn enough money to cover your living expenses and save some money each month.

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 Luxembourg, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.

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