TEACH ENGLISH IN SLOVENIA

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About Teaching English in Slovenia

Nestled between the Julian Alps and the Adriatic Sea, the beautiful pint-sized nation of Slovenia represents one of the truly hidden gems of southeastern Europe. Known for its stunning scenic beauty and charming medieval cities, Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in the world, so it's not a major job market for teaching English.  That said, with an advancing economy and increasing integration with Europe, learning English has become more important than ever.

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English teaching jobs in Slovenia are available in September and January with an expected downtime in August. A typical teaching contract is 10 or 12 months in length. In most cases, schools recruit teachers in-person, while some will recruit in advance via phone/Skype. A bachelor's degree is preferred but not required to teach English in Slovenia, however, a TEFL certification is a must. Preferences are typically given to those with citizenship from a European Union nation.

Wages are modest - you certainly won't get rich teaching English in Slovenia, but the cost of living is average, so you should expect to break even while living comfortably. The English teaching job market in Slovenia is strongest in major cities like Ljubljana. 

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

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

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JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Slovenia consist of:

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

HIRING & VISA

Slovenia 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 Slovenia.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovenia if you are not an EU citizen. 

  • EU CITIZENS
    English teachers in Slovenia 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 Slovenia to interview for your teaching job, but some are done in advance via video/phone call.

  • CANADIAN, AUSTRALIAN, & NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS
    Canadian citizens can live and work in Slovenia for up to 12 months via the Youth Mobility Program. Similarly, Australian and New Zealand citizens can participate in the Working Holiday Scheme which will allow them to live and work in Slovenia for a maximum of 12 months.

HOURS

Language schools in Slovenia 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 $1,200 - $1,850 USD (1,050 – 1,600 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Slovenia 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 Slovenia. Teachers can expect to make $850 - $1,250 USD per month (750 - 1,100 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 $850 - $1,250 USD per month (750 - 1,100 Euro).

English teachers in Slovenia 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 Slovenia look like?

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

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Teaching English in Slovenia FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Slovenia?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • EU Citizenship - Slovenia 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 Slovenia.  We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovenia if you are not an EU citizen. Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens can legally live and work in Slovenia for up to 12 months via the Youth Mobility Program (Canada) and the Working Holiday Scheme (Australia and New Zealand).
  • 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 Slovenia?

Teachers can expect to make $850 - $1,250 USD per month in Slovenia (750 - 1,100 Euro).

Start-up costs will range from $1,200 - $1,850 USD (1,050 - 1,600 Euro). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Slovenia 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 $850 - $1,250 USD per month (750 - 1,100 Euro).

English teachers in Slovenia 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 Slovenia?

The most common job types in Slovenia consist of:

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

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

Canadian citizens can live and work in Slovenia for up to 12 months via the Youth Mobility Program. Similarly, Australian and New Zealand citizens can participate in the Working Holiday Scheme which will allow them to live and work in Slovenia for a maximum of 12 months.

 

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

Slovenia 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 Slovenia. We highly suggest to not count on getting a legal work permit to teach in Slovenia if you are not an EU citizen. 

Canadian citizens can apply for a Youth Mobility Visa and Australian and New Zealand citizens can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Both options allow teachers with citizenship from these countries to live and work in Slovenia for up to 12 months.

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I chose ITA because of their lifetime job search guidance. The experience I gained from my Online TEFL Course and practicum of creating lesson plans has been vital in helping me create very effective lesson plans. Because I am Canadian, I was able to secure my work visa through the Youth Mobility Program with Slovenia. I would 100% recommend teaching in Slovenia! It is a small country but contains the Mediterranean sea, alps, and an abundance of nature. The people are friendly, and the cost of living (outside of the capital) is quite low.

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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.

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