Teach in Italy
Famous for its art and architecture, its centuries-old culture, and of course its food, Italy is a dream location for teachers all over the world.
Teaching in Italy
Options for teaching in Italy
Classroom teaching jobs in private international schools are available for experienced, licensed teachers. These teaching jobs usually require a minimum of two years of previous full-time experience.
It’s possible to teach English in Italy in both public school classrooms and private language schools. Teaching English in Italy is competitive, so teachers are usually expected to have a TEFL certificate of a minimum of 100 hours. Previous teaching experience is often required.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Italy
Salary will vary from city to city, as will the cost of living. Teaching English in Italy will usually provide teachers with a salary that allows them to live comfortably, although accommodation and airfare are usually not included as part of a salary package.
Teach in Italy – Hiring
Hiring for teaching jobs in Italy usually begins in early spring, with jobs beginning in September or October. Teachers should begin checking the Teach Away job board around February or March for new teaching jobs in Italy.
What you need to teach in Italy
Qualifications to teach in Italy
Licensed teachers who want to teach abroad in Italy will need a government-issued teaching qualification in their home country or state, and will generally need at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience.
Teach English in Italy, teachers will need a recognized TEFL certificate. English teaching jobs in Italy are competitive, so certification is essential. Previous teaching experience is often, but not always, required.
Visas for teachers in Italy
Non-EU citizens will need a visa in order to teach abroad in Italy. Obtaining a visa is difficult, but not impossible.
Living in Italy
Whether you’re looking forward to navigating the streets of Rome or spending a school holiday tasting wine, living in Italy presents no shortage of cultural opportunities.
Housing in Italy
Accommodation is not usually included as part of a teacher’s employment contract, although many schools will provide assistance for teachers looking for housing. In larger cities, living with a roommate––often a fellow teacher––is a common way to make the accommodation more affordable.
Things for teachers to do in Italy
Are you more interested in ancient historical sites, cutting-edge fashion, or streets dotted with lavish baroque architecture? Do you prefer mountain scenery or sunny beaches? Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find it in abundance in this beautiful country.
Begin your day with a coffee (to enjoy it like a local, drink it while standing at the bar - it’s cheaper and faster than sitting at a table). People-watch in the local piazza, take in a festival or explore one of the country’s numerous museums, many of which house some of the most famous works of art ever produced. Most teaching jobs are in Italy’s larger cities; whether you’re located in Milan, Rome, or Florence, you’ll find no shortage of cultural opportunities.
Everywhere in Italy, daily rhythms are set by mealtimes, which can often be long, social affairs. Each town boasts its own regional cuisine, many of which are surprisingly different from their Western adaptations. Although it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to dine out for every meal, take advantage of Italy’s wonderful markets and learn to cook like a true Italian!
OISE TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Italy require applicants to possess an OISE TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s OISE TEFL Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Italian private school positions.
Italy at a Glance
Capital - Rome
Language - Italian
Population - 61 million
Currency - Euro (EUR)
Government - Parliamentary constitutional republic
- Italians are prolific cheese creators, responsible for cheeses such as parmesan, gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone and ricotta.
- Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
- The highest peak in Europe is in Italy, Monte Bianco, measures a whopping 15,771 feet high.
- Italy has hosted the Olympic Games on three separate occasions - the Winter Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956), as well as the Summer Olympics in Rome (1960) and Turin (2006).
- The most popular sport in Italy is football (commonly known as soccer). Italy has won four World Cups in total, the last one being in 2006.
- As the Italian peninsula lies on a fault line, the country experiences many Italy earthquakes and volcanoes - the highest number in Europe.
- Many of the world’s most famous scientists and mathematicians were born and raised in Italy, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Alessandro Volta and Fibonacci.