Can Teachers from Outside the EU Teach English In Europe?

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If you happen to be from the United Kingdom or Ireland you have a huge advantage over other nationalities when it comes to teaching English in Europe. Why? Because you have an automatic right to live and work in other EU countries.

The same cannot be said for teachers from America, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The visa restrictions are tighter in certain countries than in others when it comes to employing professionals from outside the EU. However, the good news is that it is still possible in many cases for non-EU teachers to teach in Europe.

Countries in Eastern Europe including the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Turkey allow teachers from outside the EU to work although each has its own requirements for foreign professionals. There are many thousands of teaching opportunities in these countries and, if you are a native speaker of English and hold a TEFL certificate, you should be able to find suitable employment. Turkey is an especially good choice because it is not in the EU and there is very high demand for English tuition.

In Western Europe, things are a little harder, although Students Visas and Working Holiday Visas – the rules of which change on a regular basis – allow those from outside the EU to teach legally in countries such as France, Italy and Spain. In Germany it is possible to obtain a ‘freelance visa’ and become self-employed.

These visas are usually valid for 12 months and are based on agreements between different nations in the Western world. Because the regulations chance so frequently it is important to check the relevant Embassy websites for the latest information and make plans well in advance.

Some teachers from outside the EU work illegally in Western Europe on a Tourist Visa. However, given the possibility of Working Holiday Visas, it is not always necessary or a risk worth taking.

Qualified English teachers please register with World of TEFL and we will contact you with relevant vacancies as they come in.

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