Teaching English in Sweden

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Sweden Overview

Despite the generally excellent English language skills of the Swedish people there is still some demand for tuition in the land of the midnight sun. This demand is usually created by foreign workers needing to learn English for a Specific Purpose (medical, finance, etc.) and Business English tuition. Very few opportunities are advertised online so you will probably have to start your search once you have arrived. This makes it very difficult for those who do not hold an EU passport (unless they already have the essential contacts in Sweden). Note that salaries are low when compared to the high living costs but there are opportunities for EU nationals to become self-employed in the longer term.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 1,500 – 2,000 Various shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 3,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Stockholm.

Typical requirements

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

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Tips

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

2. EU nationals who wish to settle in Sweden should look into opening up their own language school. Self-employed work is much more lucrative (f you have enough 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.

Cost of living

Living costs are high and most TEFL salaries in Sweden will only just cover them. Expect to share accommodation with other teachers. The Swedish people are exceedingly sociable but eating and drinking out can do serious damage to your wallet. There is little chance of saving 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. The income tax in Sweden is notoriously high (even for those on low salaries).

Summary

A lesser-known TEFL destination which will provide you with a unique teaching experience Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals and those without considerable experience
Superb infrastructure – a very safe country Very few opportunities
A beautiful country ideally suited to those who love outdoor pursuits High living costs when compared to the salaries

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3 Comments

  1. Soheila Tahmasbi says:

    Hi. thanks for your helpful information.
    I am a Ph.D graduate in TEFL and I already have a good job in my home country, Iran. I was wondering if I could find a similar situation in Sweden.

  2. Hello,
    I am currently studying Scandinavian Studies and English Literature and will soon be TEFL qualified. Do you always need to have a full degree to teach EFL? I was hoping to use my TEFL qualification to find work while on my year abroad.
    Thanks,
    Carenza

  3. Arctic Irish says:

    Greetings,

    I currently have dual citizenship (Canadian & Irish). I live in the arctic and teach the Inuit in the public school system. I have over 10 years experience teaching in public school systems (arctic Canada, southern Canada & Japan). I also spent a few years teaching English to Canadian immigrants. I’m looking at potential schools in Sweden & the EU. Being Irish, I would have EU citizenship. Thanks!

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