Teach English in Spain

Spain offers a wonderful combination of history, architecture, culture, food and vibrance. It's also one of the most popular ESL job markets in Europe.

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What to Know about Teaching English in Spain

Employment Requirements


A university bachelor degree is not required but highly preferred to teach English in Spain. Teaching license required for private international schools.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is preferred but not required.

Citizenship Requirements

Citizens of English speaking EU countries given priority. Can be difficult to find work with a non-EU passport.

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Many jobs at language schools, public schools, and private international schools.

Teaching Hours

20-30 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


Public holidays plus varying time off at private language schools.

Contract Period

Most contracts are for 10-12 months.

Income and Living Costs


$850 - $1500 per month

Living Costs

$500 - $1,000 per month

Savings Potential


Startup Cost

$1000 - 1500


Usually not provided. Some employers may provide housing allowance and assistance


Usually not provided

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply

Year-round for language schools. Spring months for public schools

Hiring Process

Language centers interview and hire in person. Public schools accept applications during Spring months and interview online.


EU citizens can apply to work legally in Spain. Most private language schools will not sponsor non-EU citizens for work visas. Visa for public school positions are handled by the government for non-EU citizens. Non-EU citizens from countries other than America can apply for a working holiday visa.

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