Countryside in Austria
Countryside in Austria. Photo ©

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

 How does the programme operate in Austria? 

The Language Assistants Programme is a bi-lateral mobility programme. We work with our partner organisation, the Programm weltweit unterrichten – Sprachassistenz in Österreich, part of the OeAD Agentur für Bildung und Internationalisierung, to send English Language Assistants to secondary schools in Austria.  

The Programm weltweit unterrichten administer the programme in Austria and manage the relationship with regional authorities and schools on our behalf. 
As part of our allocation process, we will be sharing the information you include in your application with the Programm weltweit unterrichten team and the regional authorities and schools that they work with. By submitting an application, you are agreeing to us sharing the information with all parties listed above. 

 

Am I eligible for a placement in Austria? 

To be a Language Assistant in Austria, you must: 

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria  
  • hold a UK, Irish or EU passport 
  • 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). 
  • have completed your secondary school education in the UK. 

Will I need a visa? 

Assistants going to Austria who do not have an EU passport or pre-existing Austrian residency will have to apply for a Residence Permit (Aufenthaltstitel). Applications for the residence permit must be made at the Austrian Embassy in London in July – an entry visa is not required. We will provide further guidance on this process if you are selected for a post in Austria.    

The cost is currently €120 (EUR) plus a collection fee. Please note there will be additional costs involved in obtaining the relevant documents and in the translation and legalisation process. These costs will vary depending on your specific circumstances. Please also factor in travel costs for the Embassy appointment.

The residence permit is issued for the specific purpose of your role as an English Language Assistant and as such you are not permitted to take on any other official work.   

Please ensure your passport is valid 6 months beyond the end of your assistantship and has been issued within the last ten years (even if it has six months or more left).  

Please note that visa requirements can change at short notice, and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any changes to the visa process or to the approximate costs listed above which have been given as a guide only. If allocated a placement, you will receive the most up-to-date information for the processes. You should not apply until you have been instructed to do so by the team.     

When will I start my placement?

Posts in Austria will run from 1 October 2023 until 31 May 2024.  

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. 

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. 

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 60 posts available in Austria. Posts are available for undergraduates and graduates, however, undergraduates on a compulsory year abroad will be prioritised. 

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. 

What are the costs involved?   

Applicants should also be aware that there are significant costs associated with the visa process and moving to Austria. However, these costs should not come all at once as they will occur at different stages of the process, from visa application to arrival in Austria. Costs are likely to include:   

Pre-departure:  

  • International Child Protection Certificate (£75)  
  • Legislation of ICPC + postage (approx. £35) 
  • Residence permit application including administrative fees (approx. €140)  
  • Accommodation costs and deposit for permanent accommodation in Austria  
  • Travel costs to and from the Austrian Embassy London, accommodation costs in London, if applicable 
  • Travel costs to placement location  
  • Health and travel insurance to cover your stay in Austria before the start of your placement 

In post (before receiving first payment) 

  • Residency permit collection fee (€20) 
  • Costs for initial few months – You may not receive your first payment until late November, so you will need sufficient funds for this time. Previous assistants have recommended budgeting for at least two months without pay (approx. €1.000-2.500) 

We encourage you to read more about the monthly allowance and how much money we recommend budgeting for Austria in section 8 of the destination guide (available to downloaded from the bottom of this page). 

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €1,400 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 Ferienkalendar 2023/2024 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. This means that a significant number of postings are in rural areas. Please keep this in mind when completing your application.  

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.

Please note all consecutive year Assistants must apply again for an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) for the new academic year.    

Where can I get information about my placement from?

The guide for Language Assistants in Austria 2023-24 is available to download in PDF format below. This information has been provided for reference and is subject to change each year. Updated guidance for Assistants going out on placement in 2024-5 will be available in summer 2024.  

Last updated: 23/10/2023.