Teaching English in Romania

Romania Overview

Romania is one of the most pleasant countries in Eastern Europe, with great natural beauty including the famous Transylvania region. Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are not very high and living costs are surprisingly high. 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 a local person!) However, there is growing demand for classes with native speakers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 600 – 1,000 Various but usually including some evening and weekend shifts 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.


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 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

The cost of living has risen sharply in recent years and accommodation costs in Bucharest are expected to continue rising. Eating out in restaurants can also be rather pricey.

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 and surprisingly high living costs
Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students Not many opportunities for professional development

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  1. matty says:

    Dear Sir/MADAM

    I am interested in teaching in Lasi city in Romania.

    Could you please confirm if there is any vacancy regarding this.

    I hold CELTA certificate and lived in the UK for 7 years and worked as a professional.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  2. lekaleka777 says:

    Dear Sir/madam I’m looking for English teaching in Romania Bucharest as my mother was also born there,I currently teach in china, is it difficult to find work with a tefl certificate? I’m also born in Europe, is that an advantage and speak some Romanian, please send me all required information. Best regards Aleks Popaz

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