A Guide to Teaching English in Cyprus

If you are looking for a beautiful destination to teach English in Europe then Cyprus will appeal to you. Working as an English teacher in Cyprus can be very rewarding both mentally and financially. You should be able to save money and also get to experience a really laid back country.

Teachers usually work around 20 hours per week meaning you will get lots of free time to relax or explore the island. A lot of internationals apply to teach at summer language camps which are a lot of fun! View more information about working as an English teacher in Cyprus.


Top Reasons to Teach in Cyprus

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Healthy food
  • Competitive wages
  • Warm climate
  • Laid back lifestyle
  • Friendly locals


Requirements For Teaching English in Cyprus

You will usually need a BA/BS degree and a TEFL Certification.



  • Education: BA/BS degree
  • TEFL TESOL Certification: Required - you can take a course in-country
  • Peak Hiring Months: September, June
  • Where to Seek Employment: Foreign language schools and summer camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Cyprus
  • Working Hours: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time per week
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Children in Language Camps
  • Cost of Living per Month: 600 - 1,000 Euros (US$900 - $1,200)
  • Average Monthly Pay: 800 - 1,000 Euros; (US$1,000 - 1,300 USD)
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Best Time to Get a Teaching Job

You can find employment all year round but the peak hiring period is in September and June.


Where to Seek Employment

Most teaching jobs can be found in the larger cities at private language schools and summer camps where you will instruct business professionals, people seeking to improve their English and also children attending language programs during summer.


Typical Hiring Process

You will usually be required to apply then have a face to face interview.


Average Working Week

TEFL teachers usually work around 20-30 hours in the classroom every week.


Cost of Living

Per month we estimate you will have around 500 Euros of outgoings (£400 / $700). It is very rare to get a company to pay for your flights and housing. Most TEFL teachers tend to live in apartments sharing with other teachers, this is a good way to keep costs down and make friends at the same time. 


Salary for Teaching in Cyprus

What wage you get really depends on where you are employed, generally the average monthly pay will be around 700 - 1,000 Euros per month (£600 - £900 / $1,000 - $1,300).


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