Austria

Why choose Austria?

Austria was named in the top 15 of countries with the best quality of life by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013. This was partly due to the strong sense of community and low overall crime rates. Living Austria, you’ll be able to experience the great outdoors, and get involved with a range of activities, from winter sports to ballroom dancing. Austria is an ideal base for exploring Europe, with extensive transport links to both central and eastern Europe.

What will I do?

As a Language Assistant in Austria, you will usually be placed in two schools. These posts, in both secondary and vocational schools, are available for undergraduates and graduates.

How does it all work?

You will usually be in post from 1 October to 31 May and work around 13 hours per week. Your full working contract entitles you to national healthcare.

Shorter appointment periods

For Austria, shorter posts are available for the first and second semesters of the year. Placements for the first semester start in the last week of September and end in early/mid February. Placements for the second semester start in mid/late February and end in late May.

What will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €1,133 net per month. 

Where can I go in Austria?

Around 100 posts are available in the country each year. If you wish to express an area preference, you must choose one area from each of the below groups. Please choose one from group A, one from group  B and one from group C, and put them in order of preference.

Candidates for Austria have the following regions to choose from.

GROUP A    Burgenland - Niederösterreich - Vorarlberg

GROUP B    Kärnten - Oberösterreich - Steiermark

GROUP C    Salzburg - Tirol – Wien

We strongly recommend that you research different areas of Austria to make sure that you pick the areas that suit you most. Wien, Salzburg and Tirol are the most popular first choice regions, so competition is particularly tough.

Please note that the areas listed above refer to regions and not to towns or cities, although they may share the same name. Candidates who are placed in one of their three area preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region.

When will I hear back?

January/February - you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

February to April - some candidates, including those who have been educated outside of the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview where areas of their application need to be followed up

June - you will find out if you have been successful.

July - you will find out the location of your post from the British Council.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to attend a five day induction in either Hinterglemm or St. Pölten at the start of the first semester. Assistants working for the second semester only may choose whether or not to attend the induction course.

The course will cover all the necessary administration required for living in Austria as well as give you the opportunity to learn and practise teaching skills. On arrival you will need to pay a small cost (approximately €90) which covers your accommodation and meals.