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About Teaching English in Austria

A bastion of unrivaled culture and history, Austria is not a large job market for teaching English but there are still opportunities. Austria’s ESL market can be a tough one for non-EU citizens to break into unless teachers participate through the Fulbright assistantship program for Americans (aka the USTA Program) or the SWAP Austria program for International Exchange program for Canadians. There are also some opportunities for non-EU and EU citizens to teach children in summer camps or short-term programs for a couple of months throughout Austria. 

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For those who are able to legally work in Austria, face to face interviews with private language schools are essential during the peak hiring months of September and January. Working freelance for multiple schools to fill your schedule is also not uncommon, as the cost of living in Austria (especially in the bigger cities of Vienna or Salzburg) is quite high. Schools in Austria tend to have similar requirements to Germany; many are looking for teachers with some business background to effectively teach business professionals. A four-year degree is almost always needed, as well as TEFL certification, and often times prior teaching experience is highly preferred.

To get hired to teach English in Austria, you will need a 4-year college degree and a TEFL certificate. Native English proficiency is also expected to find an ESL teaching job. The average salary for an English teacher in Austria is about $1,800-$2,500 per month.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Austria. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview for jobs in-person in Austria, therefore it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide. 

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Austria, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs.  

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

English teachers need a bachelor's degree to teach English in Austria. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Austria

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Austria consist of:

  • Teaching adults in foreign language schools.
  • Teaching school children as part of the USTA Government Program.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Summer Camps (limited opportunities).
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

Austria represents a more challenging job market for any teacher who does not already have citizenship from a qualified European Union (EU) nation or working rights in Austria.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Austria if you are not an EU citizen. 

  • EU CITIZENS
    English teachers in Austria can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring months of September and January with an expected downtime in August and from Christmas through the second week of January. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Austria to interview for your teaching job.

  • AMERICAN CITIZENS
    Americans can gain visa sponsorship through the USTA Government Program (US Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools). Interviews for this program are conducted in advance from your home country.

HOURS

Schools in Austria offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be adult business professionals or high school-aged children if you are part of the USTA Government Program.  

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $2,550 - $3,800 USD (2,300 – 3,400 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Austria until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid salary enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Austria. Teachers can expect to make $1,800 - $2,500 USD per month (1,600 - 2,200 Euro).

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $1,700 - $2,500 USD per month (1,500 - 2,200 Euro).

English teachers in Austria can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What does teaching in Austria look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Austria and Europe.

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Teaching English in Austria FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Austria?

To teach English in Austria, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A four-year college degree in any field.
  • A TEFL certification.
  • EU Citizenship - Austria represents a more challenging job market for any teacher who does not already have citizenship from a qualified European Union (EU) nation or working rights in Austria.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Austria if you are not an EU citizen (American citizens can apply for the USTA Government Program).
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. 

What is the salary for teaching English in Austria?

Teachers can expect to make $1,800 - $2,500 USD per month in Austria (1,600 - 2,200 Euro).

Start-up costs will range from $2,550 - $3,800 USD (2,300 - 3,400 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Austria until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $1,700 - $2,500 USD per month (1,500 - 2,200 Euro).

English teachers in Austria can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Austria?

The most common job types in Austria consist of:

  • Teaching adults in foreign language schools.
  • Teaching high school students as part of the USTA Government Program.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Summer Camps (limited opportunities).
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

Austria represents a more challenging job market for any teacher who does not already have citizenship from a qualified European Union (EU) nation or working rights in Austria.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Austria if you are not an EU citizen

English teachers with EU citizenship can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring months of September and January and will need to be present in Austria for face-to-face interviews.

For American citizens applying for the USTA Government Program, applications open November through January and are completed in advance from your home country. Please see the USTA Government Program website for more details. 

Read More: Top 14 Tips for Getting Hired to Teach English in Austria

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Austria?

Austria represents a more challenging job market for any teacher who does not already have citizenship from a qualified European Union (EU) nation or working rights in Austria. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Austria if you are not an EU citizen. 

For American citizens that are accepted into the USTA Government Program, a legal work permit will be granted. 

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Michelle Hardy

I chose ITA because of the support they offer alumni with the job search process. I liked the online TEFL course and found it very informative. My instructor was very knowledgeable and also approachable. It helped me to approach my position with confidence. Even though it was my first 'official' teaching position, I felt that I'd already gained enough experience that I wasn't a complete novice. I chose to teach English in Austria in the city of Vienna. It is a metropolis that is known for art and culture, and it is in a German-speaking country. I would highly recommend teaching in Austria, it is like a second home to me!

Isabel Baez

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Isabel Baez

We are currently teaching English online in Lisbon. The culture here is rich and full of life. In the streets of Lisbon you will find many tourists down by the city center. Many people from all over the world are spellbound by the energy of the city. You have artists performing, vendors selling items, children playing in the parks. If you wander around the city you find many coffee shops with other like-minded expats. I am loud when I teach so I prefer to sing my ABCs in the comfort of my apartment where I can't disturb anyone else.

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ITA's support staff was the best at answering my questions and keeping me calm throughout the process of deciding to sign up. When I made the decision, I found that they weren't lying about the amount of support they provide throughout the whole process. My ITA advisor was amazing and got back to me very quickly with answers and solutions to any problems I had. I chose to teach English in Portugal in the city of Braga. I'm also a student at the university here! Teaching here pays you so much more than money can ever buy you, and you will forever be changed.

Visit our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Austria, Europe, and all over the world.