Teach English in Hungary

Hungary is a really up and coming destination to live and work as an English teacher due to the relaxed atmopshere, friendly people and low cost of living. You can apply to work as an English teacher in places like Budapest and other towns and cities throughout the country. If you would like to get a teaching job in Hungary view our guide and apply.


Teaching, Language & TEFL Jobs in Hungary

Guide to Teaching English in Hungary

Volunteer in Hungary

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. 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


How to Find a Teaching Job 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 in Hungary

  • Budapest 
  • Debrecen
  • Miskolc
  • Szeged
  • Pécs
  • Győr
  • Nyíregyháza
  • Kecskemét
  • Székesfehérvár
  • Szombathely


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.


Working Week

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.


Teaching Agencies

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.


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