Teaching English in Monaco

By | February 18, 2014

Monaco is officially known as the Principality of Monaco and it is located in the French Riviera. It is surrounded by France with the Mediterranean Sea to the South. It is the second smallest country in the world at only 2.02 square kilometres and only has a population of around 37,000 making it the most densely populated country in the entire world.

Monaco is a world famous tourist destination with a mild climate, fantastic scenery and word famous casinos. Unfortunately, it isn’t a popular destination for everybody, usually only the rich and famous have enough money to visit Monaco. Monaco is also home to the world famous Formula 1 street race, the Monaco GP.

Many rich and famous people have residence in Monaco because there is no income tax, very low business taxes and it is very well known for being a tax haven.

Read more about Monaco from Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Monaco

F1 Monte Carlo

F1 Monte Carlo – Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Monaco might be an extremely small country, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in luxury! You’ll be rubbing shoulders with some of the rich and famous if you land a job in Monaco!

Although Monaco is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, it is one of the safest places too! The crime rates are incredibly low and the police are very efficient.

Due to the very small size of Monaco, there isn’t a lot of demand for English teachers, but there are a few different types of jobs available in the country. There is one international school and some teachers also find work in hotels and businesses.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Monaco

Monte Carlo in the morning

Monte Carlo in the morning

As you would expect there are very few opportunities for ESL teachers in Monaco. There is only one international school called “The International School of Monaco” and they do employ native English speaking teachers. However, they do have very high standards and you will need to be very well qualified and experienced to even be considered for a job.

Some ESL teachers find employment in big hotels and other businesses and work as free-lance English teachers but you would need to find a number of different customers to make enough money to survive in Monaco. Unless you have any contacts, it can also be quite difficult to secure enough work support yourself when you first arrive in the country.

If you do work for private businesses teaching English, you would usually be teaching English for specific purposes, e.g. English for business or Hospitality English.

There is also the University of Monaco that offers a range of different English courses and they also employ native English speaking teachers. Again, the standards for teachers are very high and you will need to be very well qualified and have recent and relevant experience to even be considered for a job.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

LP640R.Schools have very high standards for their teachers and a bachelor’s degree and TEFL, TESOL or CELTA probably wouldn’t suffice. Teachers would need a degree in an educational field and also a postgraduate certificate in education to even be considered for a job in an international school.

For working in a business, you would need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, an internationally recognised teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA and some experience.

As you’re likely to be teaching English for specific purposes, it will also be beneficial if you have experience working in a particular industry. For example, if you’re going to teach English for hospitality, it would be helpful if you have experience working in the hospitality industry or have taught hospitality English before.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

[sociallocker id=”1652″]It is difficult to give a specific amount that you will be paid because it can vary considerably. The International School of Monaco will pay a lot more than working for companies and you will make enough to live a comfortably life in Monaco.

Monaco is by far one of the most expensive countries to live in the world. It’s a haven for the rich and famous and the prices are sky high. If you want a small 1 bedroom apartment, it would cost at least $2000 per month in rent and there aren’t that many available!

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

Visa Requirements

Finally, any jobs that are offered in Monaco, teaching or otherwise, preference is usually given to EU citizens because they don’t need a visa to work.

The visa conditions are the same as they are for working in France, click here for more information.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Monaco

As there are so few schools and jobs available in Monaco, it isn’t advisable to show up and start looking for a job. Instead, take a look at the websites for the International School and University and see if they are currently recruiting English teachers.

You might find that they will actively recruit teachers on jobs boards and via international recruiting conferences, so keep your eyes peeled for the rare opening in Monaco!

Teach English in Monaco

Monaco is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is home one international school and one university, both of which employ native English speaking teachers. However, jobs are very few and far between and they don’t come up very often, so you will need to be very proactive if you want to work as a teacher in Monaco.


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

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