Want to Teach English in Hungary?
LanguageCorps in Hungary
The LanguageCorps program in Hungary is located in Budapest – a city with a population of about two million. As 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.
The training center is perfectly located in the historical centre of Buda, an ancient part of Budapest which now forms part of District III. Adjacent to this part of the city, you can find Buda Island, the place responsible for hosting the famous music and cultural festival- The Sziget Festival.
TESOL Certification Program
The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching, and 10 hours of hands-on 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 abroad.
The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Budapest, Hungary is US$1,895
Teacher Certification Dates
TESOL Course Dates 2018
- 30 April – 25 May
- 2 July– 27 July
- 6 August – 31 August
- 19 November – 14 December
TESOL Course Dates 2019
- 29 April – 24 May
- 8 July – 2 August
- 12 August – 6 September
- 25 November – 20 December
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.
Teaching in Hungary
The demand for English teachers is strong year-round in Hungary, although September and January are the main hiring months. Most participants have secured teaching positions before the end of the four-week program. Students are both business professionals and younger learners. Another popular option for native speakers with a Bachelors degree and a TEFL certificate is to teach for the Central European Teaching Program (CETP). CETP is an organization that recruits English teachers to work for public and parochial schools in Hungary and Romania. Participants must be at least 21 years old.
Teachers that work for CETP typically work a 10 month contract from September to June. At private language schools, shorter contracts are often possible, although most will require at least a 6 month commitment. Most teachers work between 20-30 hours a week.
The majority of the language schools are to be found in Budapest. However, the CETP program places teachers all around the country.
Teachers that want to participate in the CETP program, must apply in advance. If you are looking to teach at private schools, it’s best to be in-country as interviewing mostly happens face-to-face.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate are needed for teaching English in Hungary. A Bachelors degree of any kind is almost always required, although sometimes candidates without a degree are considered.
Salaries are typically equivalent to US$800-1000 per month, which is sufficient to live comfortably in Hungary as the cost of living is quite low. Most teachers work for private language schools (sometimes part-time at two schools), and some give private lessons to supplement their income.
Participants of the CETP program receive a local salary (around $500 per month), accommodations, and health insurance. The program also helps teachers to obtain a work visa and pay taxes. Please note that this program does charge a fee for this service.
Benefits: except for the CETP program, housing and health insurance are typically not provided by the employer.
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
European citizens can travel freely to Hungary. Otherwise, most people, including those from the U.S., Canada, and Australia automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen Area when entering Hungary. This will cover the duration of the TEFL Certification Course.
EU citizens are allowed to work legally in Hungary, but need to acquire a labor permit to work for a school. For non-EU citizens, it is not very common anymore to work on a tourist visa, although it still happens every now and then. Participants of the CETP program will receive a work visa through the program.
If you plan to sign up for Hungarian classes, you can apply for a student visa. A student visa requires that you are enrolled with a recognized university or language institute and that you have at least 20 hours of study work per week. A student visa allows you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week legally. You need to apply prior to arrival in Hungary.
Some countries, like Australia and New Zealand, have established agreements with Hungary to encourage their citizens to travel and work abroad. In order to increase this cultural exchange, their citizens can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa is usually meant for younger travelers and often has several other restrictions, but can be very interesting as it allows you to work abroad legally for a year.
The process of getting a work visa in Hungary has become a bit easier in the past few years and more schools are willing to help teachers to obtain one. However, please bear in mind that it can still be a time-consuming process. To apply for a work visa, you need an actual contract. It is not possible to apply for a work visa while still looking for a job.
Living in Hungary
Budapest is quite rightly known throughout the world for its beauty and culture. Peaceful and yet, bustling with a large metropolis of over 2 million friendly inhabitants. The city treasures the old and embraces the new. Here, the historic blends with the modern, and the hills harmonize with the Danube river, 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 are 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; summers are usually 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.
Budapest has over 1,000 restaurants, offering Hungarian and international cuisine. In the past ten years the choices have been growing fast, from French, to Chinese, Russian, Italian, Serbian, Indian, American, Greek, British, Czech, Danish, and even vegetarian and 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. And don’t forget to visit the stunning food halls.
Spend your weekend the Hungarian way and 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 quality. Wait a while and have clothes and shoes made for you at extremely attractive prices, 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. Relax in the medicinal waters of the amazing thermal spas. In short, Budapest will give you state-of-the-art 21st Century experiences, without neglecting to weave its ancient magic into the thrill of it all.
When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.
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 flourished 1600 years ago when the Romans built the first baths. Today, richly decorated, atmospheric bathhouses, aquaparks, swimming pools and 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 for a rowboat ride during the summer.