Teaching English in Italy

Teaching English in Italy

Italy Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
All major towns and cities$1000 – $1800

There is a high demand for English tuition in Italy.

As one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and boasting some of the world’s finest cuisine, it is a popular destination for TEFL teachers. Be warned that you will not become rich teaching English here and may need to take on more than one job to pay the high city rents and taxes.

As usual in Western Europe, it is much easier for English-speaking EU nationals (i.e British and Irish) to find work due to European bureaucracy.

Some employers in Italy are very unreliable so do as much research as you possibly can before signing a contract. Ultimately, private classes are the way to make the most cash, but you will need to make plenty of contacts first.

Typical Requirements and Tips

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

Before signing a contract, ask to speak to both past and present employees for their opinions of the language center or school.

Consider becoming a self-employed tutor so that you can work when you like and potentially earn a higher salary.

Learn some Italian before you arrive. This will make day-to-day life much, much easier and it is almost essential for private English lessons.

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.

The prices of accommodation, food and transportation are high.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Many EU nationals (particularly British and Irish) decide to become self-employed tutors as the profit margins and flexibility can be attractive when compared to working for a typical language center.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Italy


  • Fabulous food and culture
  • One of the most beautiful countries in Europe
  • An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • High living costs and relatively low salaries
  • It can be difficult without Italian language skills