Countryside in Austria
Countryside in Austria. Photo ©

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

Am I eligible for a placement in Austria?

To be a Language Assistant in Austria, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • have B1-level German
  • be aged 35 or under (depending on the number of applicants we may consider applicants over the age limit).

When will I start my placement?

Assistants can apply for a full post of eight months or for a short post of four months.

Four month placements for the first semester start in early October 2020 and end in mid-late February. Four month placements for the second semester run from early-mid February 2021 to late May 2021.

Eight month placements run from 1 October 2020 to 31 May 2021. 

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to attend a five-day induction in either Hinterglemm or St. Pölten, run by the Bundesministerium far Building, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF). This is likely to take place in late September and is highly recommended. Assistants working for the second semester will not be required to attend this induction course.

You will be invited to the induction course via e-mail by the BMBWF.

Accommodation for the induction course will be organised by the BMBWF. On arrival, assistants will need to pay a small cost (approximately €100), which covers your accommodation and meals for the five days.

How many hours will I work per week?

Language Assistants in Austria can expect to work approximately 13 hours per week. Please be aware that your specific timetable and working pattern can vary depending on the region and institution that you are allocated to.   

How many posts are available in Austria?

Every year there are approximately 100 posts available in Austria. Posts are available for undergraduates and graduates, however, undergraduates on a compulsory year abroad will be prioritised. Second semester posts can be competitive amongst undergraduates on a compulsory year abroad. 

What type of institution will I be working in?

All placements in Austria are in secondary schools or further education colleges. You will carry out your placement in two schools.

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €1,250 net per month.

Please note that our overseas partners and employing institutions are ultimately responsible for setting the salary of language assistants and this amount should therefore be treated as indicative and may be subject to change.

What holidays will I have?

In Austria the academic calendar runs from September to June. Assistants will receive the same school and national holidays as their institution.  

Holidays often vary by region and sometimes institution, however Austria has many official public holidays every year, most observed nationwide, some local. Assistants should check public holidays with their school directly. The following holidays will be observed in Austria in 2019/20:

  • 24 Sept: Rupertikirtag (Salzburg. only) 
  • 26 Oct: National Day 
  • 1 Nov: All Saints’ Day 
  • 15 Nov: St Leopold’s Day (Wien only) 
  • 8 Dec: The Immaculate Conception 
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day 
  • 26 Dec: St Stephen’s Day 
  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day 
  • 6 Jan: The Epiphany 
  • 22 Apr: Easter Monday 
  • 1 May: Labour Day 
  • 30 May: Ascension Day 
  • 10 Jun: Whit Monday 
  • 20 Jun: Corpus Christi 

Please note that these dates have been provided to help give you an idea of what the academic calendar may look like. Your institution will give you full details of your term dates and holidays when you begin your post.

Where can I go in Austria?

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 then 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.

Please note there are also a small number of German-speaking areas of the Italian region of Trentino Alto-Adige. Please see the Italy page for further information. 

I've worked as a Language Assistant in Austria – can I apply again?

Assistants currently working in Austria can apply for a consecutive year. This is not done through the British Council: contact the BMBWF for more information. We recommend you do this as soon as you have decided you would like to stay in Austria.

Consecutive year assistants can ask to remain at the same school or request a change to their school or region. They will not be required to attend the induction course the following year but may be invited to help as a former assistant.