Teach English in Hungary
Apply and work as an English teacher in Hungary. Students are required to know both written and spoken English to get accepted into university which is where the demand for native English speakers to teach. Budapest is a really popular city to work as an English teacher, most jobs can be located here but there are other towns and cities you can gain employment. If you would like to get a teaching job in Hungary view our guide.
Teaching, Language & TEFL Jobs in Hungary
Guide to Teaching English in Hungary
If you are considering applying to become an English teacher in Hungary our guide should answer most of the key points.
- Be a native English-speaker
- BA Hons university degree or college degree
- Most language schools now require a TESOL/TEFL certificate
- Having experience will make job hunting easier
- You might also want to learn some basic words and phrases or book a Hungarian language course in Hungary
Where to Find Teaching Jobs in Hungary
You can find TEFL jobs at universities, language schools and primary/secondary schools. You could also work part-time at a language adademy or give private lessons in your free time. You stand a better chance of gaining employment once you are in Hungary where you can visit local schools and meet potential hirers face to face.
Popular Places to Teach
Best Time to Gain Employment
You can gain employment all year round, popular times of the time include in the spring just after summer for January job openings.
As an English teacher you will usually work around 20 to 25 hours per week, but this depends on the school and also if you give private lessons. You can expect students, both children and adults very keen to learn and also very friendly.
Salary for Teaching in Hungary
Expect to earn around £500 - £700 (US$600 to $1000) per month. Please note this is just a general guide, some international teachers earm more/less depending on experience, the school and private lessons.
Cost of Living
The monthly average cost of living is very low around £250 - £400 (US$500 - $800) which includes accommodation, food and transport. Budapest is the most expensive city in the county to live, expect costs to be lower in the other cities. Hungary is one of the best value destinations in Europe in terms of living costs and there are lots of ways to keep spending down for example shopping at local markets, avoiding drinking and eating out lots.
Apply to Work as a Teacher in Hungary Through an Agency
Some agencies will charge a fee to help you secure employment, always check feedback before handing money over. A recommended agency is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP). Although you pay a fee, But, by going through an organization to get a teaching job in Hungary, you instantly gain a community of in-country support, in addition to perks like orientation and training.
Useful Words and Phrases for Teaching in Hungary
If you buy a phrase book or book language lessons this will make the whole experience of teaching in Hungary easier. Although Hungarian can be a little difficult to understand at first, learn at least the basics will help you communicate better with students and improve your TEFL jobs prospects in the country. These words and basic phrases should help get you started:
- Hello (formal): ser-voos / (informal): see-å
- Nice to meet you: ør-ven-dek
- Please: key-rem
- Thank you: kø-sø-nøm
- You're welcome: see-ve-shen
- I'm sorry: bo-cha-nåt
- Goodbye: vee-sont-la-tash-rå
Places You Might Want to Visit in Your Spare Time
- Ecseri Flea Market, Budapest
- Eztergom, the old capital
- Castle Hill, Budapest
- Lake Balaton, a very relaxing lake