TEFL Courses in the Netherlands

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A Guide to TEFL Courses in the Netherlands

Earning your TEFL certificate is the key to unlocking ESL teaching opportunities all across the world. During TEFL courses in the Netherlands you will develop valuable skills for teaching English as a Second Language which will enable you to soar to new heights in the field of international education. The Netherlands has one of the very best education systems in the world and also has one of the highest ESL proficiencies, making it an ideal location TEFL certification abroad. While enrolled in a TEFL program in the Netherlands you will develop an invaluable skillset while becoming familiar with the finest of Dutch hospitality and culture.


A small country located in the northwestern corner of Europe, the Netherlands is widely known as being one of the most socially progressive and influential nations on earth.

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands; far more than its notoriously infamous coffee shops and red light district, Amsterdam is an iconic city because of its historical significance (it boasts the world’s oldest stock exchange), architectural beauty (its canals and defense line are UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and immense international influence (it is currently rated as an alpha global city). A fun and fascinating environment for teachers from all over the world, Amsterdam is a great place to enroll in a TEFL program in the Netherlands.

The Hague is another thriving Dutch city where many TEFL programs in the Netherlands are offered. While Amsterdam is technically the country’s political capital, the Hague hosts the seat of its government as well as the headquarters of a variety of important international organizations, such as the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.  Holland’s third largest city located in the south of the country, the Hague also features a beautiful cityscape overlooking the North Sea.

Other Dutch cities such as Rotterdam and Utrecht also offer highly enriching environments for TEFL certification abroad. The country is very small and densely populated, and also features an extremely efficient railway system making frequent travel between cities quick and easy.

TEFL Programs in the Netherlands

TEFL certification programs in the Netherlands usually last one full month, with 120 total hours of classroom time. You will likely be in a small class setting which ensures you will receive individualized attention and the support you need throughout TEFL courses in the Netherlands. Most TEFL programs will include the opportunity to engage in live teaching practice with an ESL audience.TEFL courses in the Netherlands cover topics such as grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, among others.

Upon completion of the program you will received a TEFL certificate and thus be eligible to apply for English teaching jobs all over the world. Landing an English teaching job in the Netherlands can be very competitive, as it is a small country with a very high level of English proficiency. Still, many TEFL programs in the Netherlands will help you with job placement assistance after graduation, so your chances of finding local work greatly increases by completing a TEFL certification in country.

If you do find a teaching job in the Netherlands after TEFL certification is completed, it is likely to be in a primary school or business setting. Many positions within the K-12 system are filled by local teachers and courses are taught using Dutch, so speaking the national language will be a huge benefit if you plan on applying to a position within the public or private education system.

Salary & Costs

TEFL courses in the Netherlands typically cost between $1,000 and $2,000, for month long training programs. On top of this, the Netherlands is quite an expensive country to live in for expats, so start saving now and plan a careful budget for the trip.

The good news is that your investment will pay off. English teachers in the Netherlands are usually compensated quite well (sometimes upward of $2,500 a month for entry level ESL teaching jobs) and receive great benefits too (although these are often paid for out of the steep tax rate). Different English teaching jobs in the Netherlands do vary significantly in pay, so many teachers will take on private tutoring on the side to supplement their income.

Accommodation & Visas

The Netherlands is a very densely populated country, so affordable real estate within the urban areas is typically hard to come by. One bedroom apartments in the city can cost you between $1,000 and $1,500 per month, while renting a single room might cost you more like $600 or $700 a month. The good news is that because the public transportation is so great in the Netherlands you can live most anywhere in the outskirts for much cheaper with a short commute!

Teachers who come from outside the European Union and plan on teaching English in the Netherlands for an extended period of time will likely have to apply for a work permit with the endorsement of their employer. Those who come only for TEFL certification will usually not have to apply for a visa if they plan on staying in the country for less than 90 days. Different visa policies apply for different countries around the world, so check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information on the Dutch policy toward your home nation.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

The Netherlands is a fascinating and culturally rich country where you can have a wonderful experience while obtaining your TEFL certification abroad. Whether you plan on staying in the country and teaching English or plan on moving on and journeying to teach elsewhere, there is no doubt that the time you spend in the Netherlands will be tremendously rewarding. So start organizing your wardrobe around the color orange, and begin applying for TEFL programs in the Netherlands today!

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