Teaching English in Hungary

Hungary Overview

Budapest used to be a great place to teach English. Unfortunately the demand has declined over the last few years and it is becoming harder to find employment on anything other than a freelance basis. However, few vacancies are advertised so if you are intent on working in Hungary then you will certainly find work, even if the working conditions and pay are not quite what you had hoped for. Hungary is full of wonderful architecture, art and music so culture vultures will feel very much at home here.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 900 – 1,200 (DOS) Various but often splits shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
Self-employed 1,000 – 2,000 Various Various
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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1. Try, try and try again. Work is out there if you are persistent enough in your search.

2. Students generally learn English in order to pass an examination of some kind. Don’t be surprised for the flood of requests for help with grammar!

3. Some language centres can be rather unreliable when it comes to payday. You are advised to do as much research as possible and ask to speak to present and previous employees before signing a contract.

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is 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

Moderate – accommodation, food and transport. This is reflected to some degree in the salaries but certainly not enough to enable the average TEFL teacher to save money each month.

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.


Moderate demand for English – particularly for examinations Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals who do not already have contacts in Hungary
One of the most exciting countries in Europe Not as much work at present compared to five or ten years ago
Opportunities are there to set up your own language centre if you see yourself staying for a long time Not much chance to save given the low-to-medium salaries

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