Teaching English in Germany



Teaching English and Living in Germany


Sitting in the heart of the Western Europe, Germans have  had a front-row seat to the European historical stage for centuries.  Often referred to as Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers), Germany is capable of satisfying the scholar in all of us. That said, Germans aren't afraid of having a good time. Working hard and playing harder, from Oktoberfest to the discos in Berlin, drinking, dining, and dancing are as much a part of German culture as philosophy and theology.  Spend your days teaching and studying, and your nights eating delicious meals and drinking some of the best beer in the world. 

English teachers in Germany typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most teaching contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities are available at summer English language camps throughout Germany and the whole of Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July.   English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Germany, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of time to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Germany, as well as a TEFL certification.  Major cities for English teaching jobs in Germany are typically Berlin, Stuttgart Frankfort, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Wiesbaden.


English Teaching Requirements in Germany


  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools, Summer Camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Germany
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Summer Camps for children
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,600 - 2,000 Euro; 2,050 - 2,600 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,600 - 2,000 Euro; 2,050 - 2,600 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 3,000 - 6,000 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts About Life in Germany


  • Germany has the 4th largest economy in the world. 
  • German composers- Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Richard Wagner to name a few- are some of the best-known and well-loved creators of classical music. 
  • Western philosophy has been greatly influenced by German thinkers.  Karl Marx, Immanuel Kant, and Freidrich Nietzsche are some of the more prominent German philosophers and theologians from history. 
  • Germany has the largest television market in Europe.
  • Good food plays a large role in German culture.  They have a saying, "Breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dine like a beggar."


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