German castle
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Why choose Germany?

Germany has a lot to offer, from the scenic highlights of the Bavarian Alps to the lively cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The 16 Bundesländer (states) of Germany boast some of the most attractive areas of Europe. Living in Germany also provides you with a chance to witness Europe’s largest and strongest economy first hand. It is well known for its reliable public transport system too, making Germany an excellent base for exploring the rest of central Europe.

What will I do?

Posts in Germany are in secondary schools, with a very small number of postings in the primary and adult sectors. Undergraduates and graduates of any discipline may apply. 

How does it all work?

You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May. You will work around 12 hours per week.

Shorter appointment period

For Germany, shorter posts are available for the first semester of the year. Placements for the first semester usually run from 1 September to 28 February. 

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €800 per month net.

Where can I go in Germany?

Around 260 posts are available each year in Germany in all areas of the 16 Bundesländer (federal states).

Candidates for Germany have the following regions to choose from: Nord, Süd, Ost, West. You may also select 'No Preference'.

You must choose three options from the list of geographical regions (in bold) below, ranking them in your order of preference. Candidates who are placed in one of their three geographical preferences should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region.

The Bundesländer:

Nord: Bremen (HB), Hamburg (HH), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV), Niedersachsen (NI), Schleswig- Holstein (SH). 

Süd: Baden-Württemberg (BW), Bayern (BY), Hessen (HE). 

Ost: Berlin (BE), Brandenburg (BB), Sachsen (SN), Sachsen-Anhalt (ST), Thüringen (TH). 

West: Nordrhein-Westfalen (NW), Rheinland-Pfalz (RP), Saarland (SL)

Our download below shows the geographical location of each region.

before making your regional choices:

Please be aware that, if you have already had contact with a particular school in Germany, you should enclose a letter from them with your application form. You will be able to explain and give reasons for your preferences in the application form.

The final decision on where you will be placed rests with our German partner organisation. We are not able to guarantee you will be placed in any particular region or school. We recommend you research the different regions of Germany thoroughly before applying.


Will I be interviewed?

Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside of the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview if areas of their application need to be followed up. These telephone interviews are likely to take place from February to April.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to a four-day induction course near Cologne, in August or September, depending on which Bundesland you have been allocated to. The course will cover all the necessary administration required for living in Germany and give you the opportunity to learn and practise teaching skills. You will be invited to the course by our partner agency. On arrival you will need to pay a small cost (approximately €35) to cover your accommodation and meals.

When will I hear back?

February - you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

April/May - you will find out if your application has been forwarded to our German partner organisation.

June - the British Council in the UK will inform you of the Bundesland (region) to which you have been allocated.

August - you will find out the location of your post directly from the Bundesland.

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