Why teach English in Austria?

First you will need to get TEFL certified before you can get a job. You can do this by taking one of our: four week TEFL courses, Hybrid TEFL courses or Online TEFL courses. You get worldwide, lifetime job placement as well so finding a job to teach English in Austria will not be a problem

To teach English in Austria you will need to get TEFL certified. There is a real demand for TEFL certified teachers in Austria. 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.

The hallmarks of Austria are the Hapsburg dynasty, the majestic Alps and the “blue Danube”. Austria’s capital, Vienna, is a world-famous cultural centre and the birthplace of renowned musicians like Schubert, Strauss and more recently Josef Zawinul.

Salzburg is another treasure of Austria. Its beautiful architecture highlights it as one of the finest examples of a baroque city in all of Europe. Close to Salzburg is the Hallein Salt Mine. There are tours of the mine which are, to say the least, unusual. The tour starts at the top of the mountain end ends much lower down. Do you walk down? No, there are slides inside the mountain. Before you start the tour you are issued with pants/trousers with a great deal of padding around the main contact areas.

There is a lot to do and see in Austria 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 Austria.

Teach English in Austria - The cakes in Vienna
Teach English in Austria – The cakes in Vienna

Get qualified to teach English in Austria

Best option – Take one of our four week TEFL courses and then let EBC get you a job teaching English in Austria.

Other options – Take one of our online TEFL courses with a teaching practice option or one of our hybrid TEFL courses that combine online learning with real classroom teaching practice and then let EBC get you a job teaching English in Austria.

In general, Austrian 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 Austria

  • The demand for English teachers in Austria is HIGH and COMPETITIVE.
  • Vienna has the greatest demand for English teachers in Austria.
  • Main teaching job regions – Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Klangenfurt (EBC has contacts with schools in these regions).
  • Main types of teaching – Through language 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 2,500€ depending on hours worked.
  • Freelance English teaching work – from 20€ per hour.
  • Average basic monthly expenses – 1,200€
  • Initial cost to get established in Austria – 4,300€
  • Visa – Tourist or EU passport.
  • 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 Austria – Yes
  • Cost of living comparisonClick here to view
  • Voltage – 240
  • Main language – German
Teach English in Austria - The Austrian alps
Teach English in Austria – The Austrian alps

Facts and figures about Austria

  • Government – Republic, parliamentary democracy
  • Size – 32,380 square miles
  • Capital – Vienna
  • Population – 8.6 million
  • Main language – German
  • Ethnicity – 81% Austrian, 19% other groups: German, Slav, Turkish
  • 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 Austrian consulate or embassy.

To find the nearest consulate or embassy, please use the Embassy World site.

Additional advice articles

Teach English in Austria - The Hofburg library in Vienna
Teach English in Austria – The Hofburg library in Vienna

Did you know that … ? Interesting facts and trivia about Austria

  • Modern Austria is the German-speaking part of the old Austrian/Austro-Hungarian Empire ruled by the Hapsburg family from 1526 to 1918.
  • The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world. It was made in 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade.
  • The world’s largest emerald (2,860 carat) is on display at the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna.
  • The summer palace of the Hapsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace, has 1,440 rooms.
  • The sewing machine was invented in 1818 by Josef Madersperger, an Austrian.
  • the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752, is the oldest zoological garden in the world.
  • Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg is the world’s oldest inn/restaurant and the oldest company in Europe. It was founded in 803 and is still running.
  • Vienna’s Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) has more tombs than the city’s living population. It has more than 2.5 million tombs including those of Beethoven, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg and Strauss.

Ten famous Austrian celebrities

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Franz Schubert
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Johnny Weismuller
  • Josef Haydn
  • Josef Pulitzer
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Maximilian Schell
  • Niki Lauda
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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