Teaching English in Croatia

Croatia Overview

A former-Yogoslav nation with a considerable length of coastline, Croatia is one of the most pleasant countries in Eastern Europe. TEFL salaries are not very high but living costs are lower than in Western Europe. A reasonable standard of living is possible for native English speakers wishing to teach in Croatia but you may need to share accommodation with another teacher. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to an local!) English is now the second language of Croatia so it is no surprise that there is growing demand for classes with native speakers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 800 – 1,200 (DOS) Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.


1. British teachers with little or no experience may consider looking at opportunities via the Sharing One Language programme.

2. Contracts may include accommodation so this make sure you ask about this during your interview as it will potentially save you a good portion of your monthly salary.

3. It is worth complementing your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

Cost of living

Food and transport is cheap but accommodation is surprisingly expensive.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.


Growing demand for English tuition with new language centres opening Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
One of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in Eastern Europe Rather low salaries
Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students Very few opportunities for professional development

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1 Comment

  1. tina marie storkovich says:

    I am looking for a summer job on the Croatian coast. I have come to Graz, Austria from New York City to attend the university and obtain my PhD. I have the following qualifications:

    I am a dual citizen of Croatia and The United States;
    I have 15+ years working on Wall Street in financial services;
    I am CELTA qualified (CELTA/Rome);
    I have a university degree (USA).

    Please advise as to summer jobs on the coast of Croatia. Thank you.

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