The need for English teachers in Austria is robust and continues to grow, making it a great place to earn TEFL certification and then seek out an ESL teaching job. Have you ever heard of Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Marie Antoinette? All of these famous people were once residents of Austria, and for good reason(s). Austria is a small country that offers just as much as its larger European counterparts, but with less tourists and less English; it is home to numerous museums, outdoor adventures, taverns, and many other highly sought after attractions. Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to live and learn in Austria through TEFL!
Most TEFL certification courses in Austria are located in the city of Vienna. TEFL courses in Vienna often focus on either business English for adults or teaching English to children. However, pursuing your TEFL certification in Austria will open up a wide variety of job opportunities that will without a doubt include lots of traveling, meeting new people, and plenty of personal and professional development. As the capital of Austria, Vienna is not surprisingly the nation’s largest city. When you’re not teaching or singing The Sound of Music aloud to yourself, there are lots of things to do and see in Vienna, including museums, opera houses, parks, symphonies, and cycling trails.
The city of Salzburg is also a good choice for TEFL courses in Austria, especially if you’d love to pair mountain vistas with your lesson planning. TEFL courses in Salzburg are not only available for beginner to intermediate teachers, but also range in terms of intensity. So whether you’ve got two weeks or two years to nail down your TEFL certification, you’re likely to find a good fit in this city famed for its Altstadt.
TEFL Courses in Austria
TEFL certification courses in Austria will provide participants with comprehensive teaching knowledge and experience amidst the country's culture, people, and history.
When deciding where and which educational institution to earn your TEFL certification in Austria, consider the following: programs should be at least 106 hours (100 hours of coursework and six hours of hands-on experience), the courses should be internationally recognized and accredited by at least TQUK, College of Teachers, IATQuO, and ACCET, students should be taught by professionals with adequate education and experience in the field, courses should have an appropriate class size, and the program should include some extend of job search guidance, though how long it is valid will vary.
TEFL certification courses are available through various educational institutions in Austria, and can be held both in a classroom as well as online. Regardless of which type of institution you choose to attend or enroll in, most TEFL programs in Austria have no prerequisites required to participate. TEFL programs should include courses on creating lesson plans, teaching different language components, learning teaching methods, knowing basic English principles, using visual aids, viewing how-to videos, gaining job placement, and much more! Your required coursework as an aspiring TEFL teacher may include assignments, evaluations, peer participation, exams, and practicums.
Salary & Costs
TEFL certification courses in Austria cost between a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Keep in mind that the cost of living in Austria is relatively high, and will usually run you between $2,000 to $3,000 per month. So, you will want to consider this if you choose to seek out TEFL programs in Austria.
However, once you’re TEFL certified, you’ll be more qualified for better-paying teaching jobs in Austria. Investing in your education and skill set will not only benefit your students by giving them a more qualified teacher to work with, but it will also improve your pay grade and help you pocket some extra money for weekend trips to nearby countries and cities.
Accommodation & Visas
Unfortunately, TEFL students typically have to cover their own accommodation costs. Housing costs in Austria range from $400 to $1,500 a month, depending on the location and type of housing. Generally, it costs more to live in highly populated areas compared to rural areas. Although most TEFL programs in Austria won’t offer or pay for your housing, they sometimes will assist you in finding sufficient housing. In addition, make an effort to connect with other TEFL teachers and fellow students, because they will increase your chances of getting more affordable housing!
Most TEFL students will have to obtain a visa to attend TEFL courses in Austria. Keep in mind that it is somewhat difficult to obtain the necessary paperwork for a visa, so in order to receive a visa, you must complete an application, have a valid passport, have proof identifying the need for the visa, and meet other miscellaneous requirements. Check out the GoAbroad Embassy Directory for more up-to-date information.
Benefits & Challenges
Austria is a great place to earn TEFL certification abroad. The demand for English teachers is high in Austria, so once you achieve certification, you’ll be able to more easily get a TEFL job. Austra is clean, the food is delicious (schnitzel, anyone?), and local students have a dedication to learning that is unmatched by many places.
Unfortunately, there are some challenges involved in taking TEFL certification courses in Austria. Most TEFL courses are conducted online, so Vienna tends to be the main city for classroom-based TEFL courses in Austria. Therefore, the high cost of living means you need to have your finances in order and have enough money to live on while you are earning your TEFL certification.
Ready to rock your TEFL courses and finally check “certified” off your to-do list? Start your teach abroad adventure BEFORE you begin teaching by earning your TEFL certificate in Austria. You won’t regret it!