Teaching English in the Netherlands

Teaching English in the Netherlands

Netherlands Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Amsterdam, The Hague$800 – $1500

The level of English is very high in the Netherlands so there is not a great demand for English tuition from the local population. However, limited opportunities to teach Advanced and Business English classes do exist in The Hague and Amsterdam and these are popular with foreigners working in the Netherlands.

Salaries are relatively low when compared to living costs although it can be very lucrative for EU nationals to open up their own language schools if they wish to make Holland a long-term home. If you are able to find work then it is a delightful country to explore.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

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

EU nationals should consider setting up their own language school if they wish to reside in the Netherlands for a long time.

Learn some Dutch language before you go; it will go a long way to endearing you to local people (even if your pronunciation is terrible!)

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.

Living costs are moderately high.

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 the Netherlands


  • A very pleasant and safe country to live in
  • Fascinating architecture and history
  • Excellent infrastructure


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • Very few job opportunities
  • High living costs