TEACH ENGLISH IN UKRAINE

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About Teaching English in Ukraine

Known for its scenic rivieras along the coast of the Black Sea and cultured cities like Kiev, Ukraine offers a quintessential Eastern European experience off the beaten track from the major tourist destinations of the West.  Despite recent political turmoil, Ukraine is a sizeable job market for teaching English.

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English teaching jobs in Ukraine are more prominent in the month of September but are available year-round 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 BA/BS is preferred but not required to teach English in Ukraine, however, a TEFL certification is a must.

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

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

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

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

English teachers do not require a bachelor's degree to teach English in Ukraine, however, it is preferred. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Ukraine

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Ukraine consist of:

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

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Ukraine can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring month of September but it is common to be able to find work year-round 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 Ukraine to interview for your teaching job. There are instances, however, where you may be able to secure a job in advance of your arrival via a phone/video call interview.

In terms of visas, EU citizens have European working rights and can therefore secure employment in Ukraine without a problem. For non-EU citizens, work visas are not common for teachers to receive, but it can be possible for those who find work in Bilingual or International schools. This can be obtained in advance but is typically converted from a tourist visa on the ground. The process can be long and complicated and is not standard across the country. Because of this, it is common for schools to hire non-EU citizen teachers who are on a tourist visa only to work under the table in Ukraine.

HOURS

Schools in Ukraine 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 - $1,800 USD (32,425 - 48,650 UAH). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Ukraine 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 and a low cost of living enable teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Ukraine. Teachers can expect to make $600 - $925 USD per month (16,000 - 25,000 UAH).

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 $600 - $925 USD per month (16,000 - 25,000 UAH).

English teachers in Ukraine 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 Ukraine look like?

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

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 Ukraine FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Ukraine?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • A 4-year college 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 Ukraine?

Teachers can expect to make $600 - $925 USD per month in Ukraine (16,000 - 25,000 UAH).

Start-up costs will range from $1,200 - $1,800 USD (32,425 - 48,650 UAH). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Ukraine 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 $600 -$925 USD (16,000 - 25,000 UAH).

English teachers in Ukraine 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 Ukraine?

The most common job types in Ukraine consist of:

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

English teachers in Ukraine can expect to find jobs during the peak hiring month of September but it is common to be able to find work year-round 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 Ukraine to interview for your teaching job. There are instances, however, where you may be able to secure a job in advance of your arrival via a phone/video call interview.

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

EU citizens have European working rights and can therefore secure employment in Ukraine without a problem.

For non-EU citizens, work visas are not common for teachers to receive, but it can be possible for those who find work in Bilingual or International schools. This can be obtained in advance but is typically converted from a tourist visa on the ground. The process can be long and complicated and is not standard across the country. Because of this, it is common for schools to hire non-EU citizen teachers who are on a tourist visa only to work under the table in Ukraine.

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Taught English in Ukraine

Eamon Discoll

ITA's TEFL course is definitely worth the time and energy. It is exhausting at times, but that in itself is good preparation for teaching. The practicum was a great experience! Odessa is a fantastic place to live, even in winter. With the world's best opera theater, fantastic beaches, friendly denizens, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Odessa is definitely worth a visit. The ex-pat community is fairly small, but this gives plenty of opportunities to practice Russian.

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Teaches English in Europe

Michelle Hardy

I chose ITA because of the support they offer alumni with the job search process. I liked the online TEFL course and found it very informative. My instructor was very knowledgeable and also approachable. It helped me to approach my position with confidence. Even though it was my first 'official' teaching position, I felt that I'd already gained enough experience that I wasn't a complete novice. 

Keith Gissubel

Teaches English in Europe

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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. Teaching here pays you so much more than money can ever buy you, and you will forever be changed.

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