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How to Begin Teaching in Austria

Austria is a country with a richly woven landscape of nature and culture.

Austria is a country with a richly woven landscape of nature and culture. Well-known around the world for the epic film The Sound of Music, Austria conjures up the beauty of the Alps, alpine valleys and stunning lakes. This terrain is ideal for skiing, hiking, mountain biking and relaxing picnics. This is also a country steeped in culture. Images of classical composers, music and opera come together. Vienna, the centre of classical music and opera, has witnessed – in past generations – composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms, as well as being home to Klimt and Sigmund Freud.

In the present day, not only can time be spent on these classical pursuits, but can also be whiled away in coffee houses and wine taverns, soaking up the magnificent architecture. Vienna is also home to an active contemporary art scene. Salzburg, on the other hand, boasts the world-renowned Alstadt complex, littered with domes and spires. Ancient castles are also found throughout the country.  For those living in Austria and wishing to travel in their free time, there is also a well-organised and efficient transport system.

Some of the most iconic composers in the world like Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart all hail from Austria.

As a country, Austria is mountainous due to its location in the Alps. Most of the country is above sea level. The Grossglockner at 3,798 metres (12,461 ft) is the highest point.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Students learning English in Austria are generally good-humoured and engaged. They have an open demeanour, which makes them easy to teach. Austria offers good salaries, but these are often of a temporary nature. Many teachers coming from within the EU actually become self-employed so that they can tutor privately. However, a licence is required for classes of 5 or more students together. For salaried employment, teachers also need a degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate to have a chance of finding work here. Those who are non-EU residents will find it very difficult to obtain a work visa, as is the case in most of Europe.

Despite the competitive environment, there are still opportunities for native speakers in the business English sector and for teaching children. To have a better chance when competing in the job market, it would be helpful to have your CV written in German and know some basic German phrases to help you get around and adjust to your new environment. Salaried opportunities often offer a 20-25 hour teaching contract, but other benefits such as a flight and accommodation are generally not included. The cost of living is high, but so are the salaries. This means that teachers can enjoy a good standard of living. There are also summer English camp opportunities for those not on a 12-month contract to make up for the shortfall.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS degree required
  • Typical Contract Length
    6 - 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    October - June
  • Visa Info
    EU citizenship or work visa
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    1,200-1,800 EUR
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    800-3,000 EUR

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