Teaching English in Croatia

Teaching English in Croatia

Croatia Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Zagreb, Dubrovnik$800 – $1200

A former-Yugoslav nation with a considerable length of coastline, Croatia is one of the most pleasant countries in Eastern Europe.

TEFL salaries are not very high but living costs are lower than in Western Europe. A reasonable standard of living is possible for native English speakers wishing to teach in Croatia but you may need to share accommodation with another teacher. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to a local!)

English is now the second language of Croatia so it is no surprise that there is a growing demand for classes with native speakers.

Croatia - Wikipedia

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

Contracts may include accommodation so make sure you ask about this during your interview as it will potentially save you a good portion of your monthly salary.

It is worth complementing your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

Food and transport is cheap but accommodation is surprisingly expensive.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Croatia


  • Growing demand for English tuition with new language centers opening
  • One of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in Eastern Europe
  • Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • Rather low salaries
  • Very few opportunities for professional development