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Teaching English in Italy

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The saying goes – “When in Rome, be like the Romans.” Teaching English in Italy means experiencing the world’s greatest works of art, architecture, and cuisine.

Teaching English in Italy


Bachelor’s Degree: Required

Monthly Salary: $900 to 1,200 USD

Peak Hiring: January and September

Visa Information: Tourist and student visa, EU citizenship

Housing: Not compensated

Airfare: Not reimbursed

Student Types: Business English

At a Glance

The tradition of learning English as a second language is alive and well in Italy. Thousands of Italians have made it their mission to learn English fluently. There are many language schools in Italy. Some cater mostly to business, while others specialize in teaching children.


There’s not much to dislike about Italy. It’s a paradise for cuisine, as Italian food is some of the best in the world. Italian people are generally very friendly and helpful. It’s also well-positioned near the Alps and easy to get around the rest of Europe.

There’s a pretty good market for English language learning in Italy as a whole.  Some of the most popular places for teaching English in Italy are the public school system and private language schools.

If you want to teach there, you need a university degree. Employers check if you have TEFL certification, which helps prepare you to teach in a classroom. You can expect to earn €1000-1200 euros ($1,200-1,500 USD) per month.

English Language Schools in Italy

Working hours vary from week to week, but it’s usually around 20 per week. The majority of schools are good with some requiring teachers to travel extensive distances every day.

If you are already living in Italy, it’s common to apply directly to schools. You can also find job postings on websites like Indeed and the TEFL.com job board. Typically, it slows down during the summer months significantly so keep this in mind when you’re applying for jobs.

English Language Programs

If you work in a language center, the school connects you with Italian students who are interested in learning English. Because students can be anywhere between 5 to 60 years old, all classes are different with varying lengths, and levels of difficulty.

The SITE (Study Intercultural Training Experience) Program is an internship opportunity for American English-speaking teaching assistants in schools in Lombardy, Italy. 

English Teaching Programs in Italy

Fulbright logo

If you are an American, then the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program might be an ideal choice for you. While being employed as a teaching assistant in an Italian school, ETAs help serve as cultural ambassadors to the United States.

Fulbrighters gain teaching experience by assisting local English teachers in Italian schools. Although you don’t have to speak Italian, it is strongly recommended you can at a minimum proficiency level. Unfortunately, you don’t get much say in where you will be located and placement is in cities south of Italy.


You can expect an average monthly salary for teaching English in Italy of €1000-1200 euros a month. If you are doing any freelancing type of work, the hourly wage is about 12-15 euros or double in university cities, especially with IELTS. 

Depending on where you are in Italy, an apartment could cost you anywhere in the €500 monthly range. Alternatively, you can share living space and only pay €200-250 a month. Schools can also assist with your living arrangements.

Food can be fairly expensive if you’re eating out. But if you eat in, it can cost you only €50 per week.  In general, the south of Italy is much cheaper and the wages are nearly the same.

Monthly SalaryTotal
US Dollars (USD)900 to 1,200 USD
European Union Euros (EUR)1,000 to 1,200 EUR


If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career, teaching English in Italy could be the perfect opportunity for you. The demand for English-language teachers is on the rise across the country, with opportunities available in both private schools and public schools. 

But working as an English teacher in Italy requires fluency in the language and strong communication skills. Teachers must be able to develop lesson plans that cater to different learning styles and abilities. A background in education or a related field is helpful for securing work as an English teacher in Italy. These TEFL certificate programs will help you become a better teacher in the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can you make teaching English in Italy?

You can expect to earn €1000-1200 euros ($1,200-1,500 USD) a month.

Do you need a degree to teach in Italy?

Yes. All teachers require a degree for teaching English in Italy. TEFL certification helps prepare you to teach and is well-accepted at schools in Italy.

What are Italian students like?

All students are different. Naturally, the students who want to learn English are motivated, patient, and fun to teach. Those that are forced to take the classes are more mixed, with some who are entirely disinterested in learning English. These situations are completely normal for any group teaching scenario.

What is the teaching culture like in Italy?

In a language school, there is more of a culture of keeping customers satisfied. You are expected to provide lessons and go above and beyond the expectations of your students to keep them interested and develop their language skills.

Is there a dress code?

It’s not common to have a dress code for schools in Italy. What you wear isn’t so important as what/how you teach. Unless it’s a business-oriented type of lesson, there is no need to dress up in a suit and tie for work.

Why is it hard to find an English teaching job in Italy?

A lot of jobs aren’t posted online and require the applicant to be in Italy. Good sources of TEFL jobs in Italy are TEFL.com and Indeed.


  • The country outline of Italy is known for taking the shape of a boot.
  • The highest mountain in Italy is Mont Blanc bordering France in the Alps.
  • Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world.
  • Pizza, batteries, and eyeglasses were all invented in Italy.
  • Rome is over 2,000 years old.
  • Christopher Columbus was Italian.
  • Italy has the most UNESCO world heritage sites of any other country (55 in total).
  • Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church led by the Pope.
  • Italy produces the most wine in the world.
  • The artist/scientist Leonardo da Vinci was Italian.

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