Teaching English in France

France Overview

There are plenty of TEFL opportunities in most French cities and only a small percentage are widely-advertised. For the vast majority, you need to be there in person so do not expect your prospective job emails to be replied to. Language centres tend to pay teachers poorly but universities and higher education colleges offer generous salaries. Be warned that you may find it a rather isolating experience unless you can speak intermediate level French.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 1,000 – 2,000 (DOS) Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
Higher education colleges 1,500 – 2,000 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday 6 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Most cities.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national.

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1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.

2. Remember to take your original qualification certificates with you as they will probably be required by your employer.

3. EU nationals who wish to settle in France should look into opening up their own language school.

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. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements but this can take several weeks.

Cost of living

Living costs are very high but salaries go some way to reflect that.

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. Occasionally, universities will pay at the end of semesters rather than each month.


French students tend to be very eager to learn Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Superb infrastructure – a very safe country You may find it hard to find a full-time contract at first
Plenty of job opportunities Very high living costs, especially in Paris

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