Teaching English in Italy

Italy Overview

There is high demand for English tuition in Italy. As one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and boasting some of the world’s finest cuisine, it is a popular destination for TEFL teachers. Be warned that you will not become rich teaching English here and may need to take on more than one job to pay the high city rents and taxes. As usual in Western Europe, it is much easier for English-speaking EU nationals (i.e British and Irish) to find work due to European bureaucracy. Some employers in Italy are very unreliable so do as much research as you possibly can before signing a contract. Ultimately, private classes are the way to make the most cash, but you will need to make plenty of contacts first.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and self-employed 1,000 – 1,800 Various shifts 2 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

All major towns and cities.

Typical requirements

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

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1. Before signing a contract, ask to speak to both past and present employees for their opinions of the language centre or school.

2. Consider becoming a self-employed tutor so that you can work when you like and potentially earn a higher salary.

3. Learn some Italian before you arrive. This will make day-to-day life much, much easier and it is almost essential for private English lessons.

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

High – accommodation, food and transport.

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. Many EU nationals (particularly British and Irish) decide to become self-employed tutors as the profit margins and flexibility can be attractive when compared to working for a typical language centre.


Fabulous food and culture Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
One of the most beautiful countries in Europe High living costs and relatively low salaries
An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily It can be difficult without Italian language skills

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  1. Natalie says:

    In Italy there is a big demand for English teacher however the living costs are high. I seem to run myself ragged from September to May then little work over summer if not in Summer camps. Low pay in public schools working on projects, more from companies and individuals privately teaching.

  2. SA says:

    Natalie are you an American? How did you get your job?

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