Teaching English in Italy


Your Life in Italy as an English Teacher


Whether it is art, fashion, architecture, religion, or any of the other qualities that brings you to Italy, it must be said that one can spend an entire lifetime in Italy and still not have experienced everything the country has to offer.  Some of the greatest artist, philosophers, theologians, architects, fashion designers, and chefs have called Italy home, and their creations and influence resonate throughout the streets in every city and village.   The pace of your daily life can vary greatly; whether it be a ride on a Vespa in Rome, or a ride in a gondola down a waterway in Venice, Italy has something to offer to everyone. 

By the way, if you like to eat great food, there was a very good reason the  "Eat" part of "Eat, Pray, Love" book was set in Italy!

English teachers in Italy typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January, with most contracts ending in late June.   For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available, and positions typically start in late June and early July. English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Italy, 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.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Italy, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Florence, Rome, Naples, Milan, and Venice.

Knowing the Italian language will greatly benefit you in your search for employment as an international English teacher, so we have prepared a combined TEFL and Italian language program to help you become the best teacher possible.  To read more, click here.


English Teaching Requirements in Italy


  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at our TEFL Courses in Rome or Florence, or any of our other Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course
  • Italian Language Classes:  TEFL + Italian Language Immersion Program
  • Peak Hiring Months: September, Early October & January
  • Types of JobsForeign language schools, Summer Camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Italy
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Children Summer Camps
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,200 - 1,500 Euro; 1,500 - 1,800 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,200 - 1,400 Euro; 1,500 - 1,800 USD 
  • Start-up Cost: 2,400 - 3,100 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts about Life in Italy


  • In 2008 Italy had the 7th largest economy in the world, and 4th largest in Europe. 
  • Being open and confident and presenting oneself well by dressing elegantly when meeting new people is considered essential for what is called la bella figura, or making a good impression.
  • Italy has over 100,000 monuments nationwide. (Museums, art galleries, churches, etc.)
  • Italy is often viewed as the epicenter of the art world, with such masters as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael...
  • Florentine poet Dante Alighieri authored the Divine Comedy, one of the foremost literary statements ever produced in Europe. 


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