Teaching English in Cyprus

Cyprus Overview

A gorgeous island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is known more as a holiday destination than a place to teach English. However, alongside opportunities in bar-work and tourism-related businesses, there are lots of TEFL opportunities to be found if you conduct proper research. Be warned that salaries are low and there is plenty of competition from others wishing to extend their holiday. It may be a great place to spend a few months teaching, but outside of International Schools there are very few long-term opportunities. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 600 – 1,000 (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

Limassol, Nicosia.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.


1. For a short-term teaching position, look into English language summer camps which take place from June to August.

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. The permits required can take some time to process and many teachers work illegally.

Cost of living

The cost of living is low but steadily increasing and, given the vast range, you will get what you pay for in terms of accommodation.

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.


Plenty of jobs Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Fabulous weather and holiday atmosphere Low salaries and lots of competition
Great social life Very few opportunities for professional development

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