TEACH ENGLISH IN HUNGARY

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About Teaching English in Hungary

Offering exquisite history, culture & architecture, Hungary represents a growing market for teaching English in the heart of Europe. As a dynamic nation in the heart of Europe that has risen to economic and political prominence since the end of the Cold War, Hungary boasts a very strong demand for English language instruction. ESL Teachers in Hungary typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June.  

Americans can interview for some public school positions in advance. Most other English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Hungary, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  

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Many Americans who teach English in Hungary do so through the CETP Program, which requires a payment fee, but the positions pay well by local standards and offer good salaries and benefits, including housing, health insurance & paid vacations.

A decent hourly wage enables foreign English teachers in Hungary to live comfortably.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. Many foreign English teachers in Hungary also teach English online and/or take on private students to earn additional income. English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Hungary, and a TEFL certification is almost always necessary well.  Major cities for English teaching jobs in Hungary are Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Szolnok, and Szeged.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Hungary. 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 advance from their home country, 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 Hungary, 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 required to teach English in Hungary. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Hungary

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Hungary consist of:

  • Teaching adults in private language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching children in public schools as part of the CETP Program.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

Hungary 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 Hungary.

  • EU CITIZENS
    Hungarian work permits are available for people who are already EU citizens. EU citizens 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.
  • US, CANADIAN, & UK CITIZENS
    Teachers holding a citizenship from the US, Canada, and the UK can apply for the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) to teach English to children in public schools throughout Hungary. Teachers working with CETP will receive a work visa after they arrive in Hungary and CETP will provide all of the necessary documentation. The visa is usually processed about two weeks after the application.

HOURS

Language schools in Hungary 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 school-aged children if you are participating in the CETP Program.

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,050 - $1,450 USD (265,450 – 366,600 HUF). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Hungary 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 modest salary enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Hungary. Teachers can expect to make $650 - $950 USD per month.

For those teaching at private language schools, 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.

For those teaching as part of the CETP Program, all participants receive their own private apartments, usually within a convenient walk or commute to the school. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $600 - $900 USD per month.

English teachers in Hungary 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 Hungary look like?

In this video, see what it's like teaching English in Budapest, Hungary, thanks to ITA alumna Mary Dilworth.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Europe could look like!

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Teaching English in Hungary FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Hungary?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • A four-year Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

  • Unless you are a US, Canadian, or UK citizen applying for the CETP Program, then EU Citizenship is required.

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 Hungary?

Teachers can expect to make $650 - $950 USD per month in Hungary.

Start-up costs will range from $1,050 - $1,450 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Hungary 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. 

For those teaching at private language schools, 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.

For those teaching as part of the CETP Program, all participants receive their own private apartments, usually within a convenient walk or commute to the school. 

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $600 - $000 USD per month.

English teachers in Hungary 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 Hungary?

The most common job types in Hungary consist of:

  • Teaching adults in private language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching children in public schools as part of the CETP Program.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

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

Hungary 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 Hungary.

EU CITIZENS

Hungarian work permits are available for people who are already EU citizens. EU citizens 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.

US, CANADIAN, & UK CITIZENS

Teachers holding citizenship from the US, Canada, and the UK can apply for the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) to teach English to children in public schools throughout Hungary. Teachers working with CETP will receive a work visa after they arrive in Hungary and CETP will provide all of the necessary documentation. The visa is usually processed about two weeks after the application.

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Kristen Herbet

Taught English in Hungary

Kristen Herbet

I'd looked at a lot of different certification programs, and I was really impressed with ITA's alumni resources. I felt like they provided a lot more information and support than other places, especially when it came to looking for jobs afterward. In CETP there are both rural and urban placements. I was in a rural placement. Public transportation is well-connected and I was able to travel many places throughout the country. I think this allows you to get a different perspective than if you were in Budapest, because in Budapest there is a big expat culture.

Megan Lethbridge

Taught English in Hungary

Megan Lethbridge

I chose ITA because of all the support offered with enrollment in the course, specifically through the student affairs department and their job search guidance. After speaking with my ITA advisor, I knew that ITA was the right choice for me! Hungary is great! I love living here. There is so much to see not only in Budapest but also all around Hungary. Also, since Hungary is in such a centralized location, it is easy to travel all around Europe on the weekends!

Jenny Bardoczi

Taught English in Hungary

Jenny Bardoczi

Honestly, along with the great reviews that I saw about the course, my Admissions Advisor was the key person who encouraged me to become TEFL certified. He spent a lot of time talking with me, explaining the course to me, and just being a great support. Through CETP, I obtained all the legal documents/visa that I needed in order to stay and teach English in Hungary. I'd definitely recommend someone to come teach English in Hungary. It's a wonderful country full of history, good food, good people and amazing architecture!

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