Teaching English in Switzerland

Switzerland Overview

Switzerland is one of the most delightful countries in Europe with stunning landscapes and a pleasant, orderly urban environment. TEFL salaries are high but so are living costs. However, an excellent standard of living is possible for native English speakers. 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 Swiss national!) There is considerable demand for Business English classes with native speakers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and self-employed 1,500 – 3,000 Various but often involving weekends and evenings 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

Bern, Geneva, Zurich.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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1. To find out more, you may wish to visit the English Teachers Association Switzerland (ETAS) website.

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

3. Learn some German before you arrive. This will make day-to-day life much, much easier.

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. But, then again, the standard of living is very high too.

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. Some 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.


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

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  1. Lucy Heaney says:

    I completed my CELTA course in Dublin in 2011 and moved to Paris in 2012. During my time in Paris I worked with the company I.C.B Europe where I taught English in business’s all around Paris.
    I am passionate about teaching and look forward to hearing from you.

  2. ronaldhenderson712@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Lucy

    That sound great ! I would love to teach business English in Switzerland. could you send me a link so I can learn how to teach Business English.

  3. EMA says:

    Qualified teacher and experienced tutor- with more than 16 years experience on teaching , educating & supervising children ( 10 years as English teacher and 6 years as professional tutor in UK & Italy ) – TEFL / TESOL graduate is interested on a new challenge in Europe , for a suitable position , long – term .

  4. catherine says:

    I would like information on Teaching Business English in Europe also……

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