Teach in Hungary

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Information for term Teach in Hungary

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,900
  • Compensation: 340,000 HUF (approx. $1,180)/month


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Experience life in Budapest, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, while teaching English to young learners through an innovative bilingual program.

Build the conversational English skills of young children by leading or assisting activities to help them practice their English. You will teach students through a hands on approach that uses games and activities to facilitate language learning in a natural environment. During your time off, explore the city’s cafés and thermal baths, or the small villages and wine regions of the Hungarian countryside.   

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Term Start Date Deadline Duration Compensation
Fall 2 Semesters Mid-August March 1 10-12 months 340,000 HUF (approx. $1,180)/month

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our program in Hungary includes orientation upon arrival, and a high level of support throughout your experience (see all features below). To cover these and other costs, there is a program fee of $1,900. Once we accept your application, there is a $500 deposit to reserve your spot on the program. The second and final payment ($1,400) is due after you accept a job offer. CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount.

What's included

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What's included

  • Job placement in Budapest
  • iNext international insurance
  • Three-day orientation in Budapest and cultural activities, including a cruise on the Danube river
  • Temporary accommodation provided during orientation and job training
  • Support from CIEE staff in Budapest, including 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Assistance with obtaining legal permission to work in Hungary
  • Young Learners Training provided by employer

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The Destination

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Budapest invites you to wander the streets, soaking in the historical art and architecture by day, and events, dining, and music by night. The Danube river divides the two sides of the city, Buda and Pest, so you will never be far from the water and river cruises are a popular activity.  Budapest boasts an efficient network of metro lines, busses, and trams that make it easy to travel between neighborhoods.  Teachers in Budapest enjoy the café culture, neighborhood bakeries with an array of local treats, and the famous thermal baths that are fed by dozens of hot springs.

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    Monthly salary of 340,000 HUF (appox. $1,180)


    Orientation upon arrival in Budapest plus training to teach young learners


    Pre-departure guidance, 24/7 emergency assistance from CIEE staff in Budapest, iNext international insurance

Job Description

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Job Description

CIEE partners with a well-respected local organization that runs innovative English programs in Budapest.  In both pre-school and elementary schools their mission is to give students the opportunity to grow and develop as English speakers by giving them a natural language learning environment. Your goal will be to help students build an active command of English, so they can express themselves confidently.

All CIEE participants will teach at both the preschool and elementary school levels.


CIEE teachers in Hungary earn a monthly salary of 340,000 HUF (appox. $1,180), after taxes.

The cost of living in Hungary is much lower than in the United States and your salary should easily cover normal living expenses. If you’re hoping to travel a great deal during your time off you should plan to bring additional funds.

Teachers receive at least 18 paid holidays.

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    Participants will be placed at public preschools and kindergartens that participate in a unique bilingual program. These schools are interested in hiring foreign language assistants because they recognize the value of giving their students practice speaking English with native-speakers. The schools are centrally located in Budapest and are connected to the public transportation system.

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    CIEE teachers work a full-time schedule, including 30 teaching hours per week in addition to 10 hours per week for staff meetings and planning time.

What People are Saying

  • The fee has been worth the support in this difficult transition of moving to a foreign country. The CIEE office and coordinator has been a safe space and invaluable with help.

    Naomi V. | Teach Abroad Alumni
  • My experience has been greater because of the assistance and support they've provided throughout difficult processes.

    Michael C. | Teach Abroad Alumni
  • Its such a great way to teach abroad while feeling like someomne has your back while you're abroad. You're not alone.

    Angela O. | Teach Abroad Alumni
  • CIEE helped take the guess work out of moving and working in a foreign country. The program was very helpful in telling participants the steps that needed to be taken.

    Brent G. | Teach Abroad Alumni
  • It is important to feel like you have somewhere to go to ask questions and be 'taken care of' when in a foreign county - that is what CIEE does well!

    Avery B. | Teach Abroad Alumni


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No prior experience teaching? No problem! You don’t need a formal teaching background or teaching credentials to apply. However, the strongest applicants will have previous experience working with children as camp counselors, tutors, sports coaches, etc.


  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, or the United Kingdom

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:

  • Experience working with children as a camp counselor, coach, or tutor
  • Studying, working, or volunteering abroad

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The  CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course can easily be added on to your program to ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

Discover the benefit of including a TEFL Course with your teach abroad program.

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