Teach in Serbia
Certified teachers and ESL teachers looking to teach abroad in Serbia can find teaching jobs either at private language schools or international schools. Qualified English teachers, in particular, continue to be in demand as Serbia focuses on improving the national school system in order to remain competitive within the European job market.
Teaching in Serbia
Options for teaching in Serbia
Overall, teachers in Serbia will find the majority of teaching job opportunities in bigger towns and cities like Belgrade and Novi Sad, where most of the international schools and private language schools are located.
Salary and benefits while teaching in Serbia
|Teaching Benefit Type||Teaching Benefit Details|
|Yearly Salary||$1,000 US/month for teachers at language schools; $2,000 US/month for teachers at international schools.|
|Working Hours||35 hours per week, Monday to Friday.|
|Relocation Allowance||Not provided.|
|Vacation||June - September, as well as national holidays.|
|Health Insurance||Not provided.|
|Contract Duration||One year.|
Teach in Serbia
The Serbian school year runs from September to June. Applications to teach at Serbian language schools and international schools are accepted throughout the school year.
Qualifications to teach in Serbia
Having a Bachelor’s degree as well as a relevant English teaching qualification such as a TEFL certificate is usually the minimum requirement to teach English at a language school in Serbia.
The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online certificate can equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to land a job teaching English in Serbia.
Teaching positions at international schools in Serbia are in high demand, so requirements for teachers looking for jobs at Serbian international schools are often higher than at language schools. Teachers looking for jobs at an international school in Serbia will usually need an advanced degree in education as well as relevant teaching experience.
Visas for teachers in Serbia
All foreign citizens will need to apply for a work permit to teach abroad in Serbia. These are issued by the Labor market office in Belgrade. Because of the paperwork involved in securing a visa to teach in Serbia, it’s worth securing your teaching job prior to your arrival in the country.
Living in Serbia
Serbia has one of the lowest costs of living in Europe. Rent, food and transport are particularly cheap, so you should be able to live comfortably, regardless of your salary range.
Things for teachers to do in Serbia
Serbia is brimming with great things for teachers to see and do. Serbians are known for being very warm and hospitable, and many are fluent in English, so you should feel right at home in no time.
As Serbia is relatively compact, it’s easy for travelers to get around. There are amazing landscapes, picturesque monasteries, sleepy villages and national parks for teachers to visit across the country. For adventurous ski fans on a budget, skiing in Serbia is very affordable and the season runs from December through to March.
Two of Belgrade’s biggest attractions are the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Old City. Aside from its wealth of cultural and historic relics, Belgrade also has a lively cafe and bar scene - and nightlife! Some of the world’s best music festivals also take place in Serbia.
Serbia at a Glance
Capital - Belgrade
Language - Serbian
Population - 7.090 million
Currency - Serbian dinar
Government - Parliamentary democracy
Major Religion - Eastern orthodox
Climate - Continental in the north, Adriatic in the south
- 18 Roman emperors were born on the territory of modern-day Serbia. The most famous of them was Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who declared Christianity as the official religion.
- Serbia is the biggest exporter of raspberries, producing 30% of the total worldwide.
- ‘Vampire’ is the only word of Serbian origin that is known across the world.
- Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with excavations showing settlements as far back as 7,000 years.
- At 2,169 meters (7,116 feet) Midzor is the highest peak in Serbia.
- The Serbian clock-making industry is old - Serbia made its first clock at least 200 years before Switzerland!