TEACH ENGLISH IN SLOVAKIA

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About Teaching English in Slovakia

Conveniently located in Central Europe, landlocked Slovakia is famous for its beautiful landscape full of mountains and rolling green hills. The Carpathian Mountain range (including the well-known High Tatras) spans the northern half of the country making most of Slovakia’s territory mountainous. In addition to being home to many mountains, Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateaux’s per capita.

Slovakia has long been a country overlooked by tourism and in turn, English teachers. With many foreign English teachers heading elsewhere in the region such as Prague or Budapest, there is a need and demand for native English speaking teachers.

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English teachers should expect to interview and get hired locally however, some schools are open to interviews via video call while you are still in your home country. English teachers will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers share an apartment with other English teachers.

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore.  English teachers do not need to have a BA to teach in Slovakia, although it is preferred, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs include Bratislava, Kosice, Nitra, Bystrica, Baksa, and Presov.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Slovakia. 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 Slovakia, 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 preferred but not required to teach English in Slovakia. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Slovakia

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Slovakia consist of:

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

HIRING & VISA

Slovakia 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 Slovakia. 

  • EU CITIZENS
    If you are an EU Citizen. you can find work freely in Slovakia without any visa restrictions. English teachers in Slovakia can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring months of September and January with an expected downtime over summer and from Christmas through the second week of January. Most interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Slovakia to interview for your teaching job.

  • NON-EU CITIZENS
    If you are a non-EU citizen and do not have the ability to work legally in the EU, some schools in Slovakia are willing to sponsor your work visa and assist with the paperwork but will not pay for it. The process to obtain a work visa can take up to 3 months and can be quite expensive. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovakia if you are not an EU citizen unless you have the funds readily available to pay for your own work visa. 

HOURS

Language schools in Slovakia 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 adults or business professionals.  

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,100 - $1,700 USD (this applies to teachers who do not need to pay for their own work visa). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Slovakia 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 Slovakia. Teachers can expect to make $500 - $800 USD per month.

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 $500 - $800 USD per month.

English teachers in Slovakia 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 Slovakia look like?

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

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Teaching English in Slovakia FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Slovakia?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • EU Citizenship - Slovakia 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 Slovakia.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovakia if you are not an EU citizen unless you have the funds readily available to pay for your own work visa.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • A four-year bachelor's degree is preferred but 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 Slovakia?

Teachers can expect to make $500 - $800 USD per month in Slovakia (450 - 800 Euro).

Start-up costs will range from $1,100 - $1,700 USD (this applies to teachers who do not need to pay for their own work visa - i.e. EU citizens). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Slovakia 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 $500 - $800 USD per month in Slovakia (450 - 800 Euro).

English teachers in Slovakia 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 Slovakia?

The most common job types in Slovakia consist of:

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

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

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

Slovakia 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 Slovakia. 

  • EU CITIZENS
    If you are an EU Citizen. you can find work freely in Slovakia without any visa restrictions. English teachers in Slovakia can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring months of September and January with an expected downtime over summer and from Christmas through the second week of January. Most interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Slovakia to interview for your teaching job.

  • NON-EU CITIZENS
    If you are a non-EU citizen and do not have the ability to work legally in the EU, some schools in Slovakia are willing to sponsor your work visa and assist with the paperwork but will not pay for it. The process to obtain a work visa can take up to 3 months and can be quite expensive. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovakia if you are not an EU citizen unless you have the funds readily available to pay for your own work visa. 

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