TEACH ENGLISH IN BELGIUM

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About Teaching English in Belgium

As host to major international bodies like the European Union & NATO, Belgium certainly has a high need for English language instructors. That said, Belgium’s ESL job market can be a more challenging one for non-EU citizens to break into. Schools seek to hire those with TEFL certification and are more likely to hire non-EU citizens who already hold residency or enjoy working privileges (including those on a student visa), or those with more experience in the teaching field.  

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English teachers in Belgium typically find work towards the beginning of September, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June.  English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Many teachers share an apartment with other English teachers. 

Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Belgium, as well as a TEFL certification.  Major cities for English teaching jobs include Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Belgium. 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 Belgium, 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 Belgium, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs.  

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A bachelor's degree is typically required to teach English in Belgium. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Belgium

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Belgiumconsist of:

  • Teaching adults in foreign language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

Belgium 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 Belgium. If you are an EU Citizen you can work freely in Belgium without the need for a Belgian work permit. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Belgium if you are not an EU citizen. 

English teachers in Belgium 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. Most interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Belgium to interview for your teaching job.

HOURS

Language schools in Belgium 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.  

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $2,250 - $3,000 USD (2,000 – 2,800 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Belgium 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 Belgium. Teachers can expect to make $1,500 - $2,000 USD per month (1,300 - 1,800 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 $1,500 - $2,000 USD per month (1,300 - 1,800 Euro).

English teachers in Belgium 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 Belgium look like?

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

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Teaching English in Belgium FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Belgium?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • A four-year Bachelor's degree is typically required.
  • EU Citizenship - Belgium 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 Belgium.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Belgium if you are not an EU citizen. 
  • 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 Belgium?

Teachers can expect to make $1,500 - $2,000 USD per month in Belgium (1,300 - 1,800 Euro).

Start-up costs will range from $2,250 - $3,000 USD (2,000 - 2,800 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Belgium 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 $1,500 - $2,000 USD per month (1,300 - 1,800 Euro).

English teachers in Belgium 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 Belgium?

The most common job types in Belgium consist of:

  • Teaching adults in foreign language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

Belgium 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 Belgium.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Belgium 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 Belgium for face-to-face interviews.

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

Belgium 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 Belgium. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Belgium if you are not an EU citizen. If you are an EU Citizen you can work freely in Belgium without the need for a Belgian work permit.

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Leigh Hutchison

Taught English in Belgium

Leigh Hutchison

I took the Online TEFL course over the summer before my move to Belgium. I had a great instructor and the class was very manageable. TEFL enhanced my background in teaching. It is also very well known so I believe it helped me land the job I currently have. Belgium is known for its beer, chocolates, and waffles... and I have had my fair share of all of them! I recommend teaching in Belgium but living in Brussels or Ghent. Brugge is a beautiful city but not very 'young'. There are also more expats in Brussels and Gent, giving you more opportunities to meet people and join social groups.

Marieke Lewis

Taught English in Belgium

Marieke Lewis

I took ITA's Online TEFL Course. The instructor was super helpful and very quick to respond to questions. She gave great feedback. I chose to teach English in Belgium in the city of Brussels because my husband and I had already planned to move to Brussels. The food here is amazing! There are markets everywhere with every possible kind of food that is pretty affordable compared to the restaurants which can get pricey fast.

Keith Gissubel

Teaches English in Europe

Keith Gissubel

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.

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