• Want to Teach English in Hungary?

    The LanguageCorps program in Hungary is located in Budapest - a city of about two million inhabitants. The largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center. Budapest is considered an important hub in Central Europe, and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Hungary:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is perfectly located in the historical centre of Óbuda, an ancient part of Budapest which now forms part of District III. The island (Óbuda Island) next to this part of the city today hosts the Sziget Festival, a huge music and cultural festival. Its center is Fo tér (Main Square), connected to a small square with a sculpture of people waiting for the rain to stop. It is accessible by HÉV (Árpád híd station).

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Budapest, Hungary is US$1,895

    Accommodations during the four-week program are available with host families near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately US$600 (paid in Euros). A single bedroom and daily breakfast and evening meal are provided. A shared apartment option, with a private bedroom, is also available for approximately US$400 (this does not include meals), and hotel accommodations can also be arranged for approximately US$900+.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Hungary? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Hungary.

  • Hungary Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    Budapest is quite rightly known throughout the world for its beauty and culture. Peaceful and yet bustling, a large metropolis of over 2 million inhabitants and yet friendly, it treasures the old and embraces the new. Here the historic blends with the modern, the hills harmonize with the river, that is, the Danube, which flows through the city along a stretch of over 15 miles. That is the sort of magnetic quality that Budapest radiates.

    However, there is much more to the city. It's not only a historic treasure of Central Europe, but also a metropolis. The wine and cuisine are justifiably world-famous, filling and inexpensive, and there is a huge variety of cultural and non-cultural entertainment, all of which is available to those on a limited budget. Traveling within the republic is inexpensive and easily managed and there are a number of interesting places to visit outside the capital. Also, the largely unspoiled countryside provides various outdoor activities (swimming, horse-back riding, cycling, hiking, etc.) throughout the seasons. Hungarians are very friendly and hospitable people.

    Hungary has a temperate continental climate with Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Depending on the location, winters can be cold, cloudy and damp or windy, the summers warm and sometimes very hot. May, June and November are the rainiest months. The number of hours of sunshine per year is among the highest in Europe. From April to the end of September, you can expect the sun to shine for about 10 hours a day.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    The demand for English teachers is strong year-round in Hungary, and most participants have secured teaching positions before the end of the four-week program. Salaries are typically equivalent to US$800-1200 per month, which is sufficient to live on comfortably. Most teachers work for private language schools (sometimes part-time at two schools), and some give private lessons to supplement their income. Positions at a university or college, a high school, or even an elementary school are also possible, although those may require a one-year contract.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Budapest has over 1,000 restaurants, offering Hungarian and international cuisine. In the past ten years the choice has been growing fast: French, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Serbian, Indian, American, Greek, British, Czech, Danish, even vegetarian or kosher eateries have been opened. There are also quite a few fast-food operations with all the major chains having outlets in Budapest. You will not have any difficulty in finding a place to eat which fits your budget.

    Take time to visit the new shopping malls, all of which offer the most well known designer labels as well as little known local designers of equal talent and ability. Wait a while and have clothes and shoes made for you at seriously attractive prices still representing some of the city's most luxuriant bargains. Rummaging deep in the colorful markets can result in fantastic possibilities, from bric-a-brac to furniture to antiques. Don't forget to visit the stunning food halls. In short, Budapest will give you state-of-the-art 21st Century experiences, and yet will still be able to weave its ancient magic should you open your arms to embrace it.

    When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, accommodations in a home stay or shared apartment are available. While it should be stated that the standards of accommodation are considerably more basic than those found in Western Europe and Northern America, apartments are always clean and spacious and conveniently located near the metro. Alternatively, you can live with a Hungarian family (single room with breakfast and dinner) for a slightly higher fee.

    Budapest home-stay families are typically middle-class, and may or may not have children living at home. All host families live in attractive homes in safe neighborhoods. In your host family's home, you will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom. You will be given a key to the house or apartment and are free to come and go as you please (though, as a guest living with a host family, you should be sure to respect the routine of the people you are staying with). Host families provide breakfast and the evening meal, and enjoy spending time during meals chatting with students - typically, home stays provide an excellent way to get to know the local culture and language.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or locals. Some employers will provide accommodations as part of your contract, usually in an apartment with other teachers.

    Internet access is available to all trainees, and internet cafes are available throughout the city.

  • Excursions

    Budapest is rich in UNESCO World Heritage sites: the view of the Danube embankments, the Buda Castle District, Andrássy Avenue with Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway are now internationally protected areas of the Hungarian capital. The Buda Castle is one of the most famous and most visited sights of Budapest, and the area offers interesting attractions, museums, evocative streets, squares, restaurants and shops.

    Budapest was awarded the title "City of Spas" in 1934, but the bath culture already flourished 1600 years ago when the Romans built the first baths. Today, richly decorated, atmospheric bathhouses, aquaparks, swimming pools and four-five star spa hotels abound. Budapest's outdoor water parks and aquaparks are open from May through October. The city is extremely rich in thermal water: there are 118 natural springs unearthed so far, with temperatures between 70-172 F.

    From morning till night the parks (particularly the Margaret Island) are full of joggers. There are popular cycle paths springing up across the city. The little lake in City Park is a lovely place in summer for a rowboat ride; in the winter it is the province of ice skaters. In the winter there is also sledding and skiing at Sváb Hill.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Life as a Teacher

    What about work visas?

    Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, a Cultural Exchange visa is typically obtained, which is unique to that country. The training center or your hiring school will assist with that process. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

    Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable.

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Hungary

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is perfectly located in the historical centre of Óbuda, an ancient part of Budapest which now forms part of District III. The island (Óbuda Island) next to this part of the city today hosts the Sziget Festival, a huge music and cultural festival. Its center is Fo tér (Main Square), connected to a small square with a sculpture of people waiting for the rain to stop. It is accessible by HÉV (Árpád híd station).

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Hungary is US$1,895

    Accommodations during the four-week program are available with host families near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately US$600 (paid in Euros). A single bedroom and daily breakfast and evening meal are provided. A shared apartment option, with a private bedroom, is also available for approximately US$400 (this does not include meals), and hotel accommodations can also be arranged for approximately US$900+.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.