Teaching in Belgium
Teaching in Belgium provides an opportunity to enjoy historic European culture and a very high standard of living, while earning a competitive salary. Belgium is the perfect location to travel to nearby European destinations.
Options for teaching in Belgium
Belgium is home to many international schools with opportunities for English speaking instructors. At the very minimum, a TEFL certificate is required to teach in Belgium, but any further qualifications such as a college or university degree are beneficial steps towards landing a job.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Belgium
Teaching in Belgium tends to be a well-paying career move. Many educators earn between $1800 and $2200 USD. This is a ballpark figure; teachers may earn more or less depending on their experience and place of employment. It is also important to note that despite bringing in a fairly high wage or salary, a teacher should also expect to be highly taxed.
Teaching in Belgium - Hiring
The Belgian school year starts in early September. Teaching jobs become available throughout the year as well as during the summer months prior to the new school year. Be sure to check the Teach Away job board for any upcoming teaching jobs in Belgium.
Qualifications to teach Belgium
Most candidates will need a TEFL certificate in order to qualify for more competitive ESL teaching jobs. University and college degrees are also beneficial, but may not be immediately recognized by Belgian education institutions. It is recommended that you do your research and request that the appropriate Ministry of Education recognize your degree.
Visas for teachers in Belgium
Non-EU citizens require a visa to teach in Belgium. Teach Away Placement Coordinators will provide more information to successful candidates, although it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are submitted.
Living in Belgium
Residents of Belgium enjoy a high standard of living. The cost of living in Belgium is relatively high, so the higher teacher salary is balanced out to some extent. Housing prices are reasonably priced and in some instances significantly lower than in other major European cities.
Living in Belgium, you can expect unpredictable weather patterns inclusive of rain (in its various forms), snow, sunshine, and everything in between. Belgium’s history has resulted in a multilingual nation with Dutch, French, German, and Flemish speakers living in different regions of the small, but dense country.
When it comes to food and drink, Belgians enjoy indulging in what they are famous for; chocolate, waffles, frites, and beer.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Belgium require applicants to possess an OISE TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s OISE TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Belgian private school positions.
Belgium at a Glance
Capital - Brussels
Language - Dutch, French, German
Population - 10,800,000
Currency - Euro
Government - Constitutional monarchy
Climate - temperate; marine; cool summers and moderate winters
Size - 30 528 km2
- Annually, Belgians consume an average of 150 liters of beer per person.
- Only Canada grants more new citizenships per capita in the world. Belgium is the country that grants the most new citizenships per capita in the world after Canada.
- Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year.
- Education is compulsory until age 18.
- Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world, with an estimated turnover of over EUR 20 billion.
- Belgium has more castles per square kilometer than any other country in the world.
- The first recorded lottery in the world took place in Belgium, and was held to help raise money for the poor.