Switzerland

Why choose Switzerland?

Switzerland is at the geographical heart of Europe and boasts beautiful cities as well as stunning mountains and lakes. You will also be able to take advantage of the country's superb trains network and explore the rest of central Europe.

The education system in Switzerland is ranked as one of the best in Europe, according to the European Commission.

We have posts in either French or German-speaking parts of the country, so take this opportunity to boost your language skills in a unique and wonderful setting!

What will I do?

Posts in Switzerland are ideal for candidates with teaching experience or for those who wish to enter a career in teaching. Assistants in Switzerland operate with a greater degree of independence, both in and out of school, than they do in other European countries. Positions are available in upper-secondary schools and are open to undergraduates and graduates (with priority normally given to graduates). For Swiss posts, we usually give priority to candidates who are able to demonstrate significant teaching experience. 

Schools with bilingual sections also welcome assistants with degrees in any discipline. However, it will be to your advantage if you have studied German or French at least as a subsidiary subject.

You will sometimes work in two schools.

How does it all work?

You will be in post somewhere from mid August/early September to end June/early July, depending on your preference of school and region. You will work around 12 hours per week.

What will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately SF2,600 net per month.

Where can I go in Switzerland?

The majority of posts are offered in a variety of German-speaking cantons (regions), with various posts in rural areas. These may include Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Basel-Stadt, Obwalden, St. Gallen, Solothurn, Schwyz, Zug and Zurich.

Placements in larger towns (such as Basel and Zürich) cannot be guaranteed.

A very small number of posts are offered in the French-speaking cantons however competition for these posts is extremely high. Posts are likely to be in rural areas (Cantons Fribourg/Vaud, Jura). It is unlikely that there will be posts in larger towns, such as Geneva.

Unfortunately, we cannot currently offer placements in Italian-speaking Switzerland. You should research the various areas of Switzerland 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.

When will I hear back?

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

April/May - you will find out if your application has been successful. 

May/June - you will hear from the host school directly regarding the location and requirements of the job.

September - you will be invited to a one-day induction course in Switzerland. The course will include information about living in the country and teaching tips.