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Teach in Europe

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Teaching in Europe can be a rich cultural experience for many teachers wanting to work in this region.  With so many countries close by and cheap flights, it’s a great place to get the “travel bug” and see a lot in a short space of time.

There are many international schools in this region and the remuneration varies from school to school and country to country.  Many of the EU countries require you to have an EU passport or other right to work in the regions.  It is very rare that a non-EU spouse or teacher is sponsored to work.

European Student with Teacher

Type of Schools

There are international schools in all of the EU countries and the opportunities available are quite varied.  Standards in Europe are high and so teachers that are native English speakers are required as the majority of the children will be native speakers as well.  It is not compulsory to know the local language but could prove beneficial in your application. 

Most schools require a teacher to have 1-2 years of experience showing stick-ability in a permanent role.


Most schools deliver the following curricula: National Curriculum of England & Wales, EYFS, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate and a local curriculum.


Education standards in Europe are high as the majority of students you will teach will be fluent or native speakers of English.  It is therefore compulsory for you to also have the same.  Teachers should have the following to apply:
  • A Bachelors Degree with a Teaching Qualification. 
  • 1-2 years experience for teaching staff. 
  • 3 years experience for managers and member of the senior management team. 
  • Being able to speak the local language is a benefit. 

For Universities:

  • PhD. 
  • 2/3 years experience. 

Remuneration Package

Most international school salary packages are suitable for single teachers or teachers with few dependants.  The reason for this is that most schools do not provide accommodation or flights.  Rarely do schools provide additional allowances.  If you already have cash saved up to cover the additional cost, then working in Europe would be a very pleasant experience.

Salaries can range from as low as 1000 euros up to 3000 euros per month based on your experience.   You will generally find the warmer countries paying less compared to the colder ones.

Contracts are generally short compared to other regions like Asia or the Middle East.