Why teach English in Cyprus?
To teach English in Cyprus you will need to get TEFL certified. There is a real demand for TEFL certified teachers in Cyprus The market is competitive but it is fairly easy to get a teaching a job if you are properly qualified and have a TEFL certificate that included teaching practice.
Cyprus is a small Mediterranean island close to the shores of Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Cyprus has a predominantly Western Europe influenced culture that also includes a mix of the Middle East.
Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960 but still maintains strong relationships with the UK. The Turks invaded Cyprus in 1974 and a wall was built to divide the Cypriot side from the Turkish side. The wall has now been demolished but the two parts of Cyprus still remain under Cypriot and Turkish rule. The Turkish part is on the island of Cyprus but is not referred to as Cyprus.
Cyprus is the land of Aphrodite, a sunny destination with inviting beaches and mountain trails.
There is a lot to do and see in Cyprus and rather than give you an edited list, look at Trip Advisor for a lot of detailed information about what to do and see in Cyprus.
Get qualified to teach English in Cyprus
Other options – Take an online TEFL certificate course with teaching practice or a hybrid, blended learning TEFL certificate course with teaching practice and then let EBC get you a job teaching English in Cyprus.
In general, Cypriot schools will only hire candidates who have attended a TEFL course that included actual classroom teaching practice given to genuine English language learners.
General information about what it is like to teach English in Cyprus
- The demand for English teachers in Cyprus is COMPETITIVE.
- Nicosia and Limassol have the greatest demand for English teachers in Cyprus.
- Main teaching job regions – Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca regions (EBC has contacts with schools in these regions).
- Main types of teaching – Through language schools and private international schools: general English, Business English and English for Young Learners.
- Busiest periods – the academic year from September to June.
- Summer teaching jobs – intensive courses, exam preparation, summer camps.
- Private English tutoring – yes, you can build up your own list of private clients.
- Preferred TEFL qualifications – an accredited TESOL/TEFL certificate with teaching practice.
- Job duration – up to one academic year.
- Teaching hours per week – 20 to 30.
- Monthly pay – 1,500€ to 2.000€ depending on hours worked.
- Freelance English teaching work – from €15 per hour.
- Average basic monthly expenses – 700€
- Initial cost to get established in Cyprus – 1,400€
- Visa – Tourist or European Union
- Chance of getting a work permit – low.
- Accommodation – you pay.
- Flights – you pay.
- Academic requirements – Degree required
- Contract term – up to one academic year (rolling)
- Main hiring points – September and January
- Standard holiday periods – Easter, August, Christmas
- Final job interview in Cyprus – Yes
- Cost of living comparison – Click here to view
- Voltage – 220/240
- Main language – Greek
Facts and figures about Cyprus
- Government – Republic, parliamentary democracy
- Size – 3,572 square miles
- Capital – Nicosia
- Population – 1.2 million
- Main language – Greek
- Ethnicity – Mainly Greek and Turkish Cypriots
- Currency – Euro (EUR)
Visa and immigration information
EBC recognises that procedures change and that this is a very important topic. Rather than give you information that may be out-of-date which will in turn, waste your time, we would rather that you went to the experts at your nearest Greek Cypriot consulate or embassy.
To find the nearest consulate or embassy, please use the Embassy World site.
Additional advice articles
- What to bring when you teach English abroad.
- How to make accommodation arrangements without getting swindled.
- The best ways to arrange health and travel insurance when you teach English abroad.
- Protect your job! Read “10 great ways to lose your English teaching job” to make sure that you don’t.
- Best countries to teach English in Europe
- Best countries for making money teaching English abroad
Did you know that … ? Interesting facts and trivia about Cyprus
- Cyprus won its first Olympic medal, a silver in men’s laser sailing, in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- In 1974, Northern Cyprus was invaded and declared a separate state under Turkish control. Northern Cyprus is not recognised by any country in the world with the exception of Turkey.
- Cypriot monarchy disappeared in 1489 when Queen Catherine Cornaro abdicated.
- In terms of population, Cyprus is the third smallest country in the European Union.
- The best Cyprus have ever done in the Eurovision Song Contest was in 1986 when it came fifth.
- Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest entries have been in Greek, English and French.
- Cypriot Christopher Pissarides won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010.
- In 2004, archaeologists exploring in Cyprus found the remains of a person buried with oldest known pet cat. The remains are estimated to be around 9,500 years old.
- Cyprus was the only nation to have its map on its flag until Kosovo did the same in 2008.
Ten famous Cypriot celebrities
- Andrew Kazamia – actor
- Angie Bowie – actress
- Dome Karukoski – director
- George Pastell – actor
- Hal Ozsan – actor
- Haris Zambarloukos – cinematographer
- Leon Redbone – musician
- Melinda McGraw Melinda McGraw – actress
- Mihalis Kakogiannis – director
- Sarah-Jane Redmond – actress
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