Teaching English in Hungary


Your Life in Hungary as an English Teacher


Located in the heart of Central Europe, Hungary's mix of historical influences lend it an uniquely alluring charm.  With a language and culture that dates back over 1100 years, Hungary has been a major cultural and political force in Europe for centuries. While working as a teacher, you'll have the chance to try traditional Hungarian cuisine- recipes typically contain a strong blend of spices, with preparation methods dating back hundreds of years. Travel to Budapest, and sip wine while watching the sun set over the Danube. Spend time in the ethnically-rich countryside, and take in Hungary's flourishing folk art and music traditions. As a nation that continues to maintain it's heritage while moving into the future, Hungary offers an abundance of memorable tourist attractions.

Demand for English teachers in Hungary is very strong. Teachers in Hungary 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 in Hungary and throughout the rest of Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July. 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.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers in Hungary to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Hungary, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, Szolnok, and Szeged.


English Teaching Requirements in Hungary


  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  •  Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Hungary
  •  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: 150,000 - 200,000 HUF; 700-1,000 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 150,000 - 200,000 HUF; 700-1,000 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 1,200 - 1,700 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts About Life in Hungary


  • As of 2009, 14 Hungarians (who were born in Hungary) had received a scientific Nobel Prize - more than those from China, India, Japan, Spain, and Australia.
  • Hungarians are famous for their ingenuity.  Famous Hungarian inventions include the Rubik’s Cube, the electric motor, and the ballpoint pen.
  • Hungary is home to the largest synagogue in Europe, even though over 50% of Hungarians claim no religious affiliation.
  • Goulash, a vegetable and meat stew spiced with paprika, is a favorite food of the Hungarian people. The name "goulash" originates from the Hungarian word for cattle herdsman.
  • Thermal water exists throughout Hungary, thus the country is known for its lavish bathhouses and quaint spa towns. 


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