Teaching English in Italy

Everything you need to know about teaching English in the cultural (and foodie!) capital of the world.

Choose it for the art, for the food, for the old-world culture, for the breathtaking landmarks or for the gelato, which is a completely valid reason on its own. The boot-shaped peninsula is plagued with UNESCO world heritage sites, and luckily for us, English teachers are in high demand. Eager to leave? Here’s all the info you need.



Earn between €800 – €1,600 per month, depending on the institution and position.

(That’s $900-$1,800 USD)



La dolce vita is the bliss point between work and the importance of free time, family, lunch, and at least 3 espressos a day.



It’s common to find English speakers, especially in the north, so don’t worry if you’ve not started learning Italian just yet!



The Mediterranean climate consists of dry summers, and rainy, snowy winters.

TEFL Wages in Italy

Public positions for English teachers pay anywhere between €1,200 and €1,600 for full-time schedules. For private institutions, such as art schools and private schools, you could access higher salaries, but it highly depends on qualifications. Part-time positions are available in ESL schools, as the courses are mostly after-school or weekend programs, which allow you to earn anywhere between €800 and €1200, or €12-€20/hr.

Class type: Wages:
Part-time positions $800 – $1,200 p/m
Public schools $1,200 – $1,500 p/m
Private schools $1,400-$1,800 p/m
Private tutoring €15 – €30 p/h

However, it is in private tutoring that you’ll find the best pay, allowing you to charge around €20-30/hr or even anything that’s competitive in the area, once you have one student that likes you, passaparola or word of mouth will almost automatically grant you teaching-monopoly in that neighborhood.

If you’re more interested in teaching as a means of building up savings, Italy might not be your best bet until you breach into the private tutoring world. Expenses like groceries and commodities are very accessible, but rent is likely to take a large portion of your salary each month. On an average school salary, you shouldn’t expect to see too much leftover at the end of each month, unless you’re topping it up with tutoring.

Where to teach English in Italy

For Italians, there are very specific cultural differences between the North and South of Italy, but all throughout the territory the dolce vita stands as the reigning paradigm for the Italian way of life, long lunch breaks, coffee breaks, organic EVERYTHING, aperitivo with friends, beautifully balancing work life.

Some destinations have a very soulful vibe and others a more luxurious feel but no matter where you go, you’ll find frescoes inside churches, art museums, amazing architecture, and high-quality culinary experiences.

Italy has a huge choice of cities and towns to call home. Here are some of the top picks:

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Food in Italy

Italy’s culinary culture is world renowned, striving for perfection in every recipe. Not only is Italian food a gift to your senses, but the Mediterranean diet has been officially declared as the ideal one for humans everywhere! And yes, pasta is eaten daily, however, the golden rule here is to be mindful of your portions. Italians don’t let a day go by without fresh fruit and veggies on the table, and our sweet tooths will love to know, dessert and Nutella are included in this diet!

English teaching requirements in Italy

With Italy, and much of Europe,  your path to legal work will be down to which passport you hold. If you’re from an EU country you’ll be able to work in Italy with much more freedom than if you have any other passport.

If you don’t have an EU passport, it can be more difficult. Schools are more reluctant to go through the paperwork, time and expense needed to arrange a work visa. One common path can be to enroll in an Italian language class at a university/college and gain a student visa. With a student visa you can legally work up to 20 hours per week. This gives you the benefit of being able to learn the local language, build up paid teaching experience, and potentially search for a full-time job with a work permit for when you complete your studies.

Non-natives: If you don’t have a passport from the UK/US/IRE/CAN/AUS/NZ/SA, you can still work in Italy, but it can be more difficult. They have a preference for native-speaking teachers, with a large supply coming from the UK. If you are a non-native speaker, it could be worth getting an IELTS/TOEFL certificate to show your English fluency.

EU/Non-EU citizens: If you have an EU passport you’ll find it much easier to gain work in Italy, as schools won’t need to do anywhere near as much paperwork to hire you. Having some previous teaching experience, or a degree related to teaching, would be beneficial if you don’t have an EU passport.

Those without degrees: You do not need a degree to legally work in Italy! (woo). However, employers to appreciate candidates with a degree, so having one would certainly be beneficial.

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