How to Teach English in Germany

Germany has the largest population in Europe and is a great place to live and work. When teaching here you will get to immerse yourself in the country, make new friends, sample the food and culture and also enjoy one of the best experiences of your life. There are opportunities for TEFL teachers all over Germany, you can choose from large cities to small towns and villages. 


TEFL Courses in Germany

One of the best ways to get a teaching job is to take a TEFL certification in Germany. There are classroom TEFL courses available to book throughout the country where you will be trained by experienced staff and get to hands on tuition which is great if you have no previous experience.

These courses are an internationally recognized and accredited certification boosting your chances of getting a job teaching English in Germany and worldwide. Most TEFL schools offer packages which include accommodation, training, a certification and they also organise excursions and activities.

TEFL companies usually have excellent links with recruiters and some offer guaranteed paid jobs on completion of a course.


Best Places to Teach in Germany

You can find TEFL jobs throughout the country, you stand a better chance of getting employment in the larger towns and cities:

  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Stuttgart
  • Hamburg
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Essen
  • Dortmund
  • Dusseldorf
  • Bremen


Where to Seek Employment

  • Language Schools
  • Private Language Academies
  • Businesses
  • Freelance / Private Lessons


Best Time to Apply

There is no best time to apply - year-round positions are available.


Salary for Teaching in Germany

Per month wages are around £800 - £1500 ($1,100 - $1,900) which is pretty good compared to other Europe English teaching destinations.


Cost of Living

The cost of living per month really depends on where you live, generally in the larger cities like Munich the prices for accommodation, food and going out are more. Expect to have around £500 - £800 (US$800 - $1000) of outgoings.


Visa & Requirements

If you live in the EU you can enter and seek employment but outside you might need to be sponsored or apply independently. This can be arranged through an employer who will be able to help you with the paperwork and application.


What to Do in Your Spare Time

Germany shares borders with Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The location makes this an ideal country to explore the rest of Europe. You should definately try to experience Oktoberfest in Munich.


Germany TEFL Reviews

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"I took an online TEFL course with the International TEFL Academy and am currently working as an English teacher in Berlin. I really love the experience of living and working abroad as a language teacher and would recommend it to anyone." - Tina Angok, USA