Land-locked Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Think rolling hills, snowy Alps, and picturesque wooden houses with flower boxes at every window. And hearty Austrian cuisine -- Wiener schnitzel, apple strudel, and sacher torte -- are the perfect energy foods to fuel a mountain climb (or an English lesson).

There aren’t a lot TEFL courses in Austria, but those available are high quality and intensive, meaning you’ll get a good start to your teaching career. The benefit of taking a teaching course in Austria, should you want to teach there, is that you will learn the language idiosyncrasies that make certain parts of English easier or more difficult for Austrians.

Plus, if you want to stay on in Austria long-term, you’ll get a head start on picking up some German language skills. Viel Glück!

TEFL-YL

The TEFL-YL course is designed for teaching to young leaners (YL) and covers three components: practical, theoretical, and research. Teachers gain real teaching experience in placements in different locations around Austria. This course combines instruction specifically for young learners, a CertTESOL from Trinity College, and a first aid course.

CELTA

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, created by Cambridge University, is more commonly known as the CELTA. It is one of most well-known ESL teaching qualifications around the world. The CELTA is a 120 hour intensive course that provides the skills for effective English teaching, and includes practical teaching experience.

The CELTA is only available at approved centers. The course can be completed full time over four weeks or part time over four months.

TESOL / TFL

You can also choose to take a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher training course. Alternatively, your institution may offer TFL courses, which are for teaching a language other than English. The courses are high-quality and intensive, combining theory, practical experience, and observation.

Best Time to Go

Austrian language schools have two peak-hiring times for English teachers: in September and in January. Therefore, if you want to find a teaching job in Austria once your TEFL course ends, finishing before these peak-hiring times is key.

Training institutions offer courses at set times throughout the year, but keep in mind that courses are offered infrequently. The fulltime CELTA is offered in June, while the two 4-month CELTAs begin in February and September.

Where to Go

Vienna, Austria’s capital city, was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Now, amongst the Imperial palaces and architecture, Vienna is the location of the CELTA and TESOL courses in Austria.

What to Look for in a Course

Look for a TEFL course that offers at least 120 hours. Depending on your current situation, a fulltime or part-time course may be a better fit, as may one offered online rather than onsite. Opportunities for practical experience are hugely important for new teachers, especially ones who don’t yet have any actual teaching experience.

Most courses will include a section with advice on finding teaching jobs. However, different training institutions will offer different levels of support in finding work. Reading feedback and reviews from previous trainee teachers will help you establish which course most closely meets your needs.

Visas

Citizens from within the Schengen area (the area within Europe where countries have abolished passport and border control) do not need a visa for Austria.

Non-EU citizens will need to apply for a student visa for programs of 90+ days.

Housing

Most course providers do not arrange student housing, but they may be able to arrange homestay accommodation on your behalf. A select few programs provide single or shared dorm room accommodation.

If you’re looking for private accommodation, don’t rent an apartment before you arrive in Austria, and don’t pay any money for an apartment that you haven’t seen to someone you haven’t met. Online scams do exist, particularly targeting apartment-hunters from overseas.

The standard of living is high, which means that the cost of living in Austria is high, too.

Health & Safety

Austria is a safe destination. Most Austrians enjoy a high standard of living, and crime levels are generally low. That said, always take care with your possessions and valuables around train stations, tourist attractions, and in busy city centers.

If you are staying short term while completing a TEFL course, book travel insurance to cover the length of your stay.

Finding a job as an English teacher can be challenging for non-EU citizens. Most English teaching jobs in Austria are for teaching English to children or business English to company employees. Many teachers are self-employed and work at multiple language schools.

American college graduates can be placed as teaching assistants through the Fulbright Austria program. Or take a look at the Go Overseas Teach English in Austria page or the Teaching Job Board for other opportunities.

Contributed by Hayley Prins

TEFL Courses in Austria

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 programs
The Global English Teaching (GET) Academy
GET TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program in Austria
Austria
9 •11 reviews

The Global English Teaching Academy’s TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program...

Beckley Institute
Get TEFL Certified in Vienna, Austria
Austria

Beckley Institute in Vienna, Austria offers high-quality TFL and TESOL...

BFI Wien
CELTA English Language Teaching in Austria
Austria

Would you like to work as an English teacher for adults? Complete this...

Teaching Programs in Austria

A TEFL Certification will help you acquire the skills and qualifications to teach abroad in Austria
  • The English Camp Company
    Teach English in Italy, Austria, and Germany Summer 2020
    Multiple Countries
    9.92 •38 reviews

    Teach English in wonderful cities throughout Italy and Austria during...

  • Berlitz
    Teaching Jobs with Berlitz in Austria
    Austria

    Berlitz Austria offers language courses, global leadership training...

  • English in Action
    Teach Around the World with English in Action
    Multiple Countries

    We are a UK Education Company with over 20 years of successful...

  • Learn Personal Sprachschule
    Learn Personal Sprachschule - Teaching Jobs in Vienna
    Austria

    Learn Personal Sprachschule, located in Vienna, offers flexible and...

  • Eton Institute
    Part-time Language Teachers Needed at the Eton Institute
    Austria

    The Eton Institute offers language training on-location and online...

  • Learning English Through Action (LETA)
    Teach English to Children and Adults at LETA - Vienna
    Austria

    Learning English Through Action (LETA), based in Vienna, Austria, is a...

  • Seddwell Learning
    Seddwell Learning - Teaching Jobs in Graz, Austria!
    Austria

    Founded in 2012, Seddwell Learning offers effective language courses...

  • MHC Business Language Training GmbH
    MHC Training - English Teaching Opportunities in Austria
    Austria

    MHC business training offers business language classes for speakers of...

What People Are Saying

Living and working in Austria during this 6 month program was such an amazing experience. I learnt so much and really enjoyed every minute of it. I found all the accommodations perfectly suited to the...

Walking to class - Vorchdorf

Not much can match GET's ability to prepare you for teaching. No TEFL courses, teacher assistant roles, even teaching degrees fall short in some areas compared to what GET provides. Admittedly that...

My second ever class

Teaching English in Austria was one of the best experiences of my life! I encourage you to embark on this adventure if you: • Are an ambitious and hard-working person • Want to spend 5-6 months in...

.

Related TEFL Courses Articles