Countryside in Austria
Countryside in Austria. Photo ©

hashan, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

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 in 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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 or mid-February. Placements for the second semester start in mid- or late February and end in late May.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Austria, you must fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.).

Where can I go?

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 groups below. Please choose one from group A, one from group B and one from group C, and put them in order of preference.

  • 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 high.

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.

How much will I be paid?

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

When will I hear back?

  • January/February: You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.
  • February - April: Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview where parts of their application will need to be followed up.
  • April/May: You will find out whether your application has been forwarded to our Austrian partner organisation.
  • June: You will find out whether 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 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.

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