Teaching English in France

Teaching English in France

France Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Most cities$1000 – $2000

There are plenty of TEFL opportunities in most French cities and only a small percentage are widely-advertised.

For the vast majority, you need to be there in person so do not expect your prospective job emails to be replied to. Language centers tend to pay teachers poorly but universities and higher education colleges offer generous salaries.

Be warned that you may find it a rather isolating experience unless you can speak intermediate level French.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?
YesYesYes1-2 Years

Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.

Remember to take your original qualification certificates with you as they will probably be required by your employer.

EU nationals who wish to settle in France should look into opening up their own language school.

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. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements but this can take several weeks.

Living costs are very high but salaries go some way to reflect that.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Occasionally, universities will pay at the end of semesters rather than each month.tw

Pros and Cons of Teaching in France


  • French students tend to be very eager to learn
  • Superb infrastructure – a very safe country
  • Plenty of job opportunities


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • You may find it hard to find a full-time contract at first
  • Very high living costs, especially in Paris