Want to Teach English in Italy?
LanguageCorps in Italy
Rich in history, Italy is one of the world’s most popular and sophisticated destinations. Magnificent art and architecture are seen throughout the country, along with breathtaking landscapes and panoramas. The LanguageCorps TEFL Certification program in Italy is offered in Florence, the capital of Tuscany.
The course is held at one of the best known and well-respected language schools in Italy that hosts about 400 local students. It is located in Piazza della Repubblica, just a short walk from the world-famous Duomo. Set in the historical center of the city, it is a 5-minute walk to Piazza della Signoria,the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, the Baptisry and Santa Maria Novella Church. Piazza della Repubblica is famous for its outdoor cafés and bustling street life, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, bookstores and famous designer boutiques. The training center facility includes several multi-purpose classrooms, offices, student lounges, a library, and a terrace overlooking the historical city center. Satellite TV, computers, and an ESL Library are on the premises.
TEFL Certification Program
The four-week TEFL Certification course is approximately 130 hours and includes academic input sessions and 10 hours of teaching practice with local EFL students. All trainers and instructors at the training center are highly educated, professional EFL/ESL specialists, with university qualifications and specializations in Teaching English as a Second Language. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to professionally teach English anywhere in the world.
The TEFL Certification Program Fee in Florence, Italy is US$1,525
Teacher Certification Dates
TEFL Course Dates 2019
21 January – 15 February
11 March – 5 April
6 May – 31 May
3 June – 28 June
1 July – 26 July
5 August – 30 August
16 September – 11 October
21 October – 15 November
18 November – 13 December
Teacher Certification Dates 2020
January 20 – February 14
February 24 – March 20
April 20 – May 15
May 25 – June 19
July 06 – July 31
August 10 – September 04
September 14 – October 09
October 19 – November 14
November 23 – December 18
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 Italy
Most of our teachers have had success in securing employment in Italy. Thanks to its booming fashion and tourism industry, the country has one of the largest ESL markets in the world. Teachers have found work in Rome, Milan, Florence, Torino, Bologna, Palermo, Siracusa, Napoli, Foggia, Genova, Padova, Modena, and a dozen smaller cities in between.
The Training Center staff will provide you with a list of schools in Florence/Sardinia and elsewhere in Italy and help you with resume and interview preparation. You will have sessions on CV planning and interview techniques, and there is a large database of employment resources and connections in Italy made available to trainees.
Teachers usually work between 20-30 hours per week at private language institutes and 30-35 hours per week at international and public schools. Most students are business professionals, although there are opportunities to work with younger learners as well, especially if you have the legal right to work in Italy. Be aware that is very unlikely that you will be offered a full-time job as a brand new teacher. Teachers typically have more than one job at different schools. During the summer months, there are opportunities to teach at Summer Camps in Italy, which are not only fun, but the perfect opportunity if you’re looking for a short-term teaching position. Otherwise, most contracts at private institutes are between 6-12 months and at public and international schools between 10-12 months.
Private language institutes hire new teachers year round. Schools that follow the Italian school year mostly hire teachers in September and October, and have another peak hiring month in January.
Securing a job from outside of the country will be nearly impossible in Italy. The country has quite a competitive job market and employer will want to see you before they hire you, so make sure you are in-country and visit the language schools in person, or call for an interview.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed for teaching ESL in Italy and makes you very marketable as a teacher. A 4-year degree is strongly preferred, but not always a requirement.
The average salary in Italy is about 1,000-1,600 Euros per month. This varies depending on location, the school, and the number of hours worked per month. The cost of living is comparable with your salary; the majority of your monthly costs will go to housing, so most teachers share an apartment with other people. You will most likely not be able to save much, unless you supplement your teaching schedule with private students, either locally or online.
Benefits: housing, health insurance and airfare 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 and are allowed to work legally in Italy. Otherwise, most people, including those from the U.S., Canada, and Australia, automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen Area upon arrival in Italy. A tourist visa covers the duration of your certification program.
The most common practice for teachers in Italy is to work on a tourist visa and get paid ‘under the table’. Obtaining a work visa is very difficult in Italy and most schools do not want to go through the hassle of getting one. The demand for teachers is too immediate to go through such a time-consuming and expensive process, so many schools will hire their teachers for cash-in-hand positions.
Your best bet to work in Italy legally is to try to 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. Taking Italian lessons is a great way to make the most out of your time living in Italy. A student visa allows you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week legally, but has to be arranged in advance so make sure to apply early.
Some countries, like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, have established agreements with the Italian governments 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.
It is very uncommon and difficult for teachers to obtain a work visa in Italy. Generally speaking, only EU citizens, or people who are related to Italian residents are able to work in the country legally. In the unlikely event that you find a school who wants to sponsor you for a work visa, you will have to travel back to your home country. All work visas are issued directly by the consulates or embassies in your home country. Schools that sometimes sponsor, a work visa are usually international schools.
Living in Italy
Do you define “success” as enthusiasm for art, food, and friendships? Do you consider “living the good life” to mean enjoying every moment? Do you believe that fine art and culture go hand-in-hand with everyday life? Are you ready to move to Italy?
From the verdant wine valleys of the far north to the stunning island destinations of Sardinia and Sicily, this splendid, storied peninsula contains a landscape to please everyone. Although each of Italy’s 20 regions offers a different mix of cuisine, dialect, and terrain, a common pride in what it is to be Italian has permeated the country for nearly 200 years. The peninsula’s history, of course, stretches back far beyond that of the country: through the wonders of the Renaissance, to the birth of Roman Catholicism, to the glory that was Rome, and further.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, a region characterized by beautiful landscapes and exquisite cuisine. The city itself maintains one of the highest concentrations of art masterpieces in the world, from Michaelangelo’s David to the Duomo. While Florence carefully maintains its Renaissance architecture and elegant feel, it also pulses with modern life as students scurry through the university quarter and professionals whiz by on scooters.
Italy’s climate varies from north to south and from lowland to mountaintop. Temperatures at sea-level tend to be similar around the country, with altitudes creating steep changes between summer and winter. Winters are long and severe in the Alps, with snow falling as early as mid-September. Rainstorms are the norm from spring through autumn, with summer being the wettest season. The northern regions experience chilly winters, hot summers, and regular even rain distribution, while conditions become milder as you head south. Beware the sirocco, the hot and humid African wind that affects regions south of Rome.
In Florence, too, summer can be hot, and many Florentines head for the beach in July and August. While it does snow in winter in the northern Tuscan hills and mountains (there is a famous ski resort called Abetone in the Dolomites), it is very rare that a snowflake falls in the city of Florence itself. Spring and fall are truly beautiful seasons here. Spring brings an abundance of greenery and flowers, while autumn provides a welcomed temperature change from the hot August sun.
One of Italy’s larger islands is Sardinia, and some of our teachers have secured employment here as well! The city of Sassari is located in the northwestern part of the island, a mere 15 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. A university town with a population of 150,000 people, it has all of the amenities of the large city while preserving the feel of a small town. Diverse influences can be seen in its Catalan-Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture. From July through September, Sassari has a lively nightlife complete with outdoor concerts, exhibitions, and a wide variety of leisure-time activities. Though it has undergone numerous cultural influences, Sardinia is mainly known for its “Catalan” feel, which is evident in its Catalan street names and in the dialect still spoken today by a handful of its inhabitants. There’s a wealth of leisure-time activities: sunbathing on beautiful white beaches, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, mountain-biking along trails through Mediterranean scrub brush, scuba-diving, hiking, sailing to places accessible only by wind-driven vessels, wine- and food-tasting in delicious restaurants, strolling along the wide promenade on the “lido mare”, or having an aperitif in an outdoor café overlooking the port.
With the Vatican-city in the heart of Rome, you will not be surprised to hear that in Italy the major religion is Roman Catholicism. Family is an extremely important value in Italy and people spend a lot of their free time with family members. Of course, good food, wine, and music won’t be far!
If you do not love Italian food, what on earth are you doing in Italy?
Even if you do, however, figuring out where and what to eat in Italy can pose delicious quandaries for the traveler. Our advice: determine whether you desire a meal or snack, consider your time limitations, and ponder the following choices:
Bar: The place to have espresso and all its caffeinated variations, rolls or small sandwiches, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Pay first and give the receipt to the bartender with your order. Stand at the bar, or pay a service charge to sit at a table. Bars in Italy are open from early morning to late night.
Panineria: A sandwich bar, where a quick meal can be had.
Trattoria: Less formal than a ristorante, but a step up from most bars. Often where local specialties are served.
Ristorante: The most formal type of place to eat when one is not in a hurry. The order of courses is antipasto, pasta or soup, a main course, salad, and dessert – all accompanied by good wine.
Water in Italy is safe to drink. You will find public fountains (usually button- or tap-operated) in squares and city streets everywhere, though look out for “acqua non-potable” signs, indicating that the water is unsafe.
Tipping: in restaurants and cafes, 15% is usually added to your bill to cover most charges. An additional tip isn’t expected, but it’s nice to leave a euro if you’ve been pleased with the service. Participants are responsible for their own meals.
Dress in Italy is typical for a Western country, although you ARE of course in the country of Donatella Versace and Gucci! When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet.
From the Piazza del Duomo to the Campanile to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the center of Florence alone could occupy an aesthete for years. Add the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the Palace of Lorenzo il Magnifico, the Palazzo della Signoria, the church of Orsanmichele, the Piazza della Signoria with the Arnolfo tower… and you will have used up your lifetime and have no years left for the most famous art museum in the world: the Uffizi Gallery.
Tired of art history? From leather to shoes to Renaissance style ceramics, the shopping in Florence is internationally known! Once you are used to discovering the artisans in their shops actually working on the pieces sold, take at least a week to get lost in the small streets where you might happen upon a shoemaker, potter, or jewelry maker working at the price range and offering the personality you seek.
On Sardinia, see the breath-taking sea caves “Grotte di Nettuno,” which are accessible by authorized vessels departing daily from the main port or from “Capo Caccia,” or by a cliff-hanging walk down the breath-taking stairs (only 654 steps!) “Esacala del Cabirol.” There are also numerous points of historical and cultural interest, such as the intriguing ruins left behind by the mysterious Neolithic “Nuraghic” civilization, which you can explore at the “Palmavera” or “Anghelu Ruju” complexes. Equally interesting are the “bastioni,” the high fortified walls dotted with lookout towers that encircle the city’s western waterfront and southern flank.
Italy offers many opportunities for a fun weekend trip, although you might need a few more days to see all the beauty of Rome. Smaller cities like Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and Venice are ideal for a short visit!