Teaching in France can be that once-in-a-lifetime chance to live in romantic Paris, or in a quaint French village or in the glamorous Mediterranean. The dream is possible but it’s not easy. The French demand a high-calibre teachers.

The good news is that outside of Paris, there is still a high demand for well qualified teachers but you need to be prepared to get the right qualification, get a visa and do a bit of searching outside the box. Knowing the French language will help you in your search.

Private language schools, companies and French Chambers of Commerce are the most popular places for English teachers to find the well-paid jobs. Salaries for teachers may vary immensely depending on teachers’ qualification and experience. As France is a member of the EU, non–EU citizens need to apply for a work permit prior to arrival.

Average Monthly Salary
Language schools EU5,460, Universities EU14,640. Casual teachers can expect business classes EU15-EU30 per hour; language schools pay EU13 to EU20 per hour, to EU30 to EU50 per hour an hour. Ask around EU18-EU30 per hour a private lesson.
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
Expect to eventually break even but you’ll probably spend your own savings setting up in the first few months.
Peak Hiring Times
June and July (August is a bad time because half of France is on holidays)
Visa Requirements
If you are not on an EU passport, you will need to get sponsorship through a government program such the Teacher Assistant Program or Working Holiday Program.
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