Teaching English in Austria

 

Your Life in Austria as an English Teacher

 

Austria’s beauty is inspiring: just ask Freud, Mozart, or any one of Austria's local residents.  Once the ruling epicenter of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this small country reaped the benefits of a merging between Eastern and Western European influences. Sip a local brew on a ski lift, have a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe, or drink an espresso while chatting outside a palace or museum.  No matter where you venture, you will no doubt be consumed by Austrian culture- and that’s a good thing. 

English teachers in Austria typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available, with positions typically starting in late June and early July. English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Austria, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

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 opportunity to travel and explore Austria as well as other countries throughout Europe.  English teachers will need to have a BA to teach in Austria, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Salzburg and Vienna.

 

English Teaching Requirements in Austria

 

  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools, Summer Camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in country
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Children Summer Language Camps
  •  Cost of Living per Month: 1,800 - 2,500 Euro; 2,300 - 3,200 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,800 - 2,500 Euro; 2,300 - 3,200 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 3,900 - 5,500 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No

 

Interesting Facts About Life in Austria

 

  • Austria produces nearly half of its electricity from hydropower.
  • Austrian schools have a nationalized limit of 30 students per class.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg.
  • The candy PEZ was invented in Austria.
  • Alpine skiing is the predominant sport in Austria due to Austria’s mountainous terrain.  

 

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