Top Tips for Getting a Job Teaching English in Italy for Americans

NOTE: This article was originally published on May 3, 2012. It has been revised & republished on August 7, 2018 for freshness & accuracy, including new information from ITA students, partners & other sources in Italy. 

The vast majority of opportunities to teach English in Italy will be gained by searching and interviewing for positions in-person locally on the ground in Italy.  We highly recommend that you plan on being on the ground in Italy in September. Here are some great tips for finding opportunities to teach English in Italy.

What Are the Basic Requirements for Teaching English in Italy?

By Paige Lee

Dreaming of chowing down on large bowls of delicious, home made pasta and washing it down with a superb glass of red? Or perhaps a traditional, wood-fired pizza with the fluffiest buffalo mozzeralla you've ever sunk your teeth into is calling your name? Maybe you love great opera or Renaissance architecture. Whatever your reason for wanting to teach English in Italy may be, we've got the basic requirements covered for you.

Best Phone Apps to Have While Teaching English in Italy

By Lynda Galea

Moving to Italy to teach English, but don't speak a lick of the local language? Don't worry, there's an app for that. Not sure how to get around the new city you'll be living in, or where to grocery shop and find dinner? You guessed it, there's an app for that too! These days, mobile apps are making our lives that much easier; there's virtually an app for almost everything! Whether you're vacationing in Italy for an extended period of time, or teaching English there indefinitely, here are some of the most convenient and useful apps to have on your phone while navigating life in Italy. 

How to apply for a Student Visa to legally teach English in Italy


Basic Guidelines and Requirements for Americans

1.  A passport with an expiration date at least six months after your planned stay.

2.  To be enrolled in an Italian government recognized language school or university. 

3.  A long-stay Italian student visa can take 2-4 weeks to process.

5 Tips For A Great Lifestyle Teaching English in Rome, Italy

During its 2,500-year existence, Rome’s emperors, popes, and artists have crafted an unparalleled cultural, architectural and artistic heritage. Harboring some of the world’s most famous architectural heirlooms, the city itself exudes a cosmopolitan and romantic atmosphere that has inspired artists, poets and philosophers for generations. Regarded as both an international fashion capital and a millennium-long seat of religious and cultural power, Rome is truly at the center of it all.

Beyond its aesthetic beauty, Rome is also the hottest place in Italy to find an English teaching position. English, the language of international business and culture, is a valuable commodity amongst Romans of all ages. The locals of this magnificent encapsulate its passionate spirit and uniquely flavorful soul. From its abundant markets to its outdoor cafes, this “Eternal City” is a feast for all the senses- take it all in while working as an English teacher in Italy.