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Teaching English in Hungary 101

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.  

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. To learn more, read What is the CETP Program for Teaching English in Hungary? 

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.

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