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 A2-level German. Please note however that Assistants will be expected to be able to communicate and complete the necessary administration procedures in German. 
  • be aged 35 or under (depending on the number of applicants we may consider applicants over the age limit).

Will I need a visa? 

From 2021, assistants going to Austria who do not have an EU passport will have to apply for a visa. 

The information outlined below is the situation as of 25 May 2021. However, it may change as and when new developments arise in the UK and Austria. We will endeavour to ensure that all stakeholders are kept updated. 

Please bear in mind that general visa regulations for Austria may not apply to English Language Assistants as our partners are ensuring special status for this programme. Our partners are working to ensure that both countries’ embassies and consulates in the UK are up-to-date on these matters. 

Short Posts: Semester 1 or Semester 2 UK and Non-EU Passport Holders 

Visa D is required. Application may be submitted as early as 6 months prior to the start of service at the school. 

You will receive an official sponsorship letter from our Austrian partners which must be used when applying for your visa. Book your appointment at the Austrian Embassy in London. 

Semester 2 ELAs: you must ensure that you can travel to London for this appointment. It is advised that you apply for the visa before starting any placements you have in Semester 1. 

Required documents:  

  • Letter from partners confirming placement 
  • Evidence you are searching for accommodation  
  • Additional proof such as return flights or bank details are not required. 

Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of your intended stay. 

Nationals from outside both the UK and EU will have to wait for their “Aufenthaltstitel” at home and may only enter after it is ready. They will then receive a short-term visa to enter Austria in order to pick up the “Aufenthaltstitel” in person at the municipality to which they are assigned. 

Full-Year Posts UK and Non-EU Passport Holders 

Apply for a local work permit when you arrive in Austria. This ties you to your assistant job and you cannot take on any other employment. Your host institution will assist with the process. 

No entry visa or work permit required to enter Austria (for UK passport holders) 

You will receive an official sponsorship letter from our Austrian partners. 

Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of your intended stay.  

Please visit the Austrian Embassy Visa D webpage for details.  

When will I start my placement?

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

Full-year placements run from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022.  

First-semester placements run from 1 October 2021 to mid-late February 2022.  

Second-semester placements run from mid-late February 2022 to 31 May 2022. 

Will there be an induction course?

Assistants will usually be invited to attend a five-day induction run by the Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF). This usually takes place in late September and is highly recommended. Assistants allocated a second-semester post may not be required to attend this induction course. 

You will be invited to the induction course by the BMBWF via email.  

To participate, Assistants will need to pay a small cost (approximately €100) to cover accommodation and meals for the five days. 

Please note that this information is subject to change. In 2020, the induction course was organised as a virtual event. 

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. Assistants can be allocated to work in one or two schools. 

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €1,292 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. To get an idea what the academic calendar may look like, you can browse the Ferienkalender 2020/21 or Ferienkalender 2021/22 as provided by the Austrian government. 

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 (Bundesländer) 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 in 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: please refer to our partner organisation’s website (the OeAD/BMBWF) for more information on how to apply for a consecutive year.

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.

Last updated: 16/03/2021