The growing ESL market of the Czech Republic draws teachers to this historic country in
the heart of Europe, where they can gain valuable experience while making significant
While ESL teachers are in demand throughout the year, ESL teachers in the Czech Republic
typically start teaching in September. Teaching positions are available through public
and private schools, language schools, universities and colleges, and through private
tutoring. As well, opportunities exist in business settings.
Public and Private School System
Literacy in the Czech Republic is about 99%, due to a great extent to the fact that
formal education is free (in the public school system) and compulsory for students from
6 to15 years of age. The school system is divided into four main categories: Preschool,
Elementary, High School, and University; and within the Elementary category, there are
two sub-categories, Primary (Grades 1-5) and Secondary (Grades 6-9).
Private schools generally receive government subsidies.
The two-semester school year begins in September and lasts through June, with a
two-month summer vacation at the end of the school year.
Opportunities to teach within the public or private school system would require that
teachers have a Bachelor's degree and TESOL certification. Formal teaching experience
makes candidates preferred. Teaching positions are available through various agencies
easily found on the Internet.
Private Language Schools
Private language schools provide supplementary education for students who require
additional tutoring. Classes are offered during after-school hours and at other times
typically convenient to students. As private language schools do not follow the semester
system of conventional schools, teachers are generally hired year round.
As private language schools each operate on their own independent set of policies,
teaching requirements vary; however, most schools, particularly in the city centers,
require a Bachelor's degree and TESOL certification.
Universities and Colleges
The academic year for most universities in the Czech Republic begins mid-September and
runs through mid-February for the first semester, and begins in late-February and runs
through the end of June for the second semester. Most universities in the Czech Republic
are heavily subsidized by the government.
Teaching opportunities in universities are not as abundant as those in primary and
secondary schools, and typically require higher credentials and previous teaching
Many ESL teachers conduct private tutoring in addition to formal teaching. Technically,
private tutoring is illegal without proper documentation and licensing, and could result
in deportation if discovered. In addition, some contracts clearly disallow tutoring on
the side as it is considered to be competition, or at the very least, a distraction from
school duties. Those who choose to do private tutoring can charge between 200 - 350 CZK
There are many resources available to ESL teachers searching for teaching positions
- Oxford Seminars'
English Language Schools Directory
- The Prague Post
- ESL Jobs
- Dave's ESL Cafe
- Overseas Job
- Prague TV
Graduates of Oxford Seminars receive our Job Placement Service
with access to established schools and recruiters throughout the world.
Chain Schools in the Czech Republic
Tutor boasts an enrollment of over 10,000 students and claims to be the largest language
school in the Czech Republic. It offers language training in 18 different languages for
all age levels.
Caledonia has been in the Czech Republic since 1992 and offers language training in
various languages, including English, throughout the country. It has six centers in the
nation's capital, Prague.
Established over 130 years ago, this language school has over 550 centers in over 70
countries around the world. In the Czech Republic there is a company presence in Prague
British company with centers throughout the Czech Republic.
Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in the Czech Republic
Summer teaching positions in the Czech Republic do exist and when available can be found
on popular job boards like: ESL
, Dave's ESL Cafe
, a private language company, regularly offers summer programs. Private
tutoring can also be a good source of income during the summer months provided one can
do so legally.
Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in the Czech
There is an abundance of ESL resources for teachers to help teach English as a Second
Language on the Internet. Examples are listed below:
- Oxford Seminars' ESL
- BBC Skillswise
- ThoughtCo. - ESL Teaching Resources
- Classic Reader
- ESL Junction
- Songs For Teaching
- Genki English
There are opportunities for teaching Business or Conversational English in a business
setting as many employers hire in-house English teachers to train their employees. These
opportunities would most often be during employee lunch hours, or before or after work
Should one be looking for a teaching position while visiting the Czech Republic, it is
advisable to have a prepared lesson (30-90 minutes) should a school ask for a teaching
- The Czech Republic has a low violent crime rate and is considered to be very safe;
however, pick-pocketing is very common and as such, vigilance is advised in crowded
areas. Backpacks and shoulder bags should be carried in front of you.
- Some restaurants don't accept credit or debit cards, so it is always advisable to
carry sufficient cash when dining out. However, It is unwise to carry overly large
amounts of cash as pick-pocketing is common.
- Tap water is safe for drinking.
- If asking for water in a restaurant, you will likely receive bottled water and be
charged for it.
- Tipping a taxi driver or waiter is increasingly expected in the Czech Republic,
particularly in Prague. If no service charge is added to a bill in a restaurant, a 5-15%
gratuity is appropriate. Leaving the tip on the table when leaving a restaurant can be
considered rude; it is better to give it directly to the waiter/waitress.
- It is considered polite to remove your shoes when a guest in someone's home.
- Business casual attire is appropriate for the classroom. It is best to dress modestly
and conservatively. Avoid wearing shorts unless involved in a sporting event.
- Adopt an adventurous attitude and experience the cuisine, culture, and historic sites
of the Czech Republic.
- The voltage in the Czech Republic is 230 volts/50 Hz, making the purchase of a
transformer necessary if relocating to the Czech Republic from North America.
- Consider getting an international driver's license in your home country before going
to the Czech Republic.
Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in the Czech Republic
The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to the Czech
Republic who are citizens of: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
or South Africa.
Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in the Czech
- Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
- Bachelor's (3 or 4 year) degree in any discipline - for teaching in a private
- Licensed as an English Teacher (to teach in city-based public schools)
Native English speaker
*Some schools in smaller towns may not require a completed degree as long as the
applicant is a native English speaker and has a TESOL certificate.
Types of Applicable Visas:
- Visa Exempt Entry: Extended to several countries (listed on the Czech Republic embassy
website). Valid for a maximum of 90 days.
- Short-term Visa (C Visa): Designed for those staying in the Czech Republic for a
maximum of up to 90 days. For those who enter the country for the purpose of: tourism,
study, work, etc.
- Long-term Visa (D Visa): Designed for those staying in the Czech Republic for a period
of time longer than 90 days up to a maximum of six months. Extending a visa beyond six
months must be done from within the Czech Republic. For those who enter the country for
the purpose of: employment, study, etc.
- Green Card (Long-term Residence for Employment Purposes): Designed for use with
specific jobs in the Czech Republic which have not been successfully filled by workers
from the Czech Republic or the European Union. It is advisable to inquire of one's
potential employer as to whether the Green Card is an applicable visa.
- Spousal Visa: designed for those married to a Czech citizen. This visa can be used to
teach English, provided the necessary requirements are met.
- Citizens from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can enter the
Czech Republic on a Visa Exempt Entry for a maximum period of 90 days.
- Foreigners are prohibited from engaging in any type of gainful employment without an
applicable visa. Deportation is a potential consequence of violating this law.
- Entry to the Czech Republic will only be granted if there are at least three months
remaining on the applicant's passport after stay in and departure from the Czech
- Documentation for proof of pre-arranged accommodations, sufficient funding and medical
insurance are required for entry into the country. Details can be found on the website
of the embassy of the Czech Republic.
- A visa can only be issued at the embassy/consulate where the application was
- All documents must be presented to the embassy/consulate in original or legalized form
and translated into Czech. Passports do not need to be translated.
- Visas can take from 60-120 days to be processed.
- It is advisable to apply for a visa from your home country.
- Apply for a visa in person if possible. If the embassy or consulate is too great a
distance away, the application can be processed through the mail.
- Citizens of European Union member states do not need any visa to be allowed to travel,
live and work in the Czech Republic and are preferred teacher applicants for Czech
Standard Process for Obtaining Legal Documentation to Work Legally in the Czech
- The applicant secures a contract with a legitimate school.
- The employer initiates obtaining a work permit on behalf of the applicant through the
local Employment Administration Office.
- Required documentation must be legalized and verified. Specific processes and
requirements can be obtained from the local embassy/consulate in which application is
- Required documentation must be translated into the Czech language and verified at the
- Once a work permit is obtained, application for a work visa is made through the
applicant's local Czech embassy or consulate.
- The visa application is processed by the Ministry of the Interior.
- When approved by the Ministry of the Interior, the visa is entered into the
applicant's passport and returned to him/her.
- Upon arrival in the Czech Republic, visa holders must report to the Czech Foreigners
Office within three days.
Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes
- A valid passport with at least three months remaining after travel dates. (This should
be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
- Completed visa application.
- Passport photos (Specifications outlined on embassy/consulate website).
- Authenticated Criminal Record Check.
- Proof of sufficient funds.*
- Proof of purpose of stay (e.g. work permit).*
- Proof of accommodation.*
- Proof of health insurance.*
- Additional documents as requested by the Ministry of the Interior.
*Details can be found on the Czech Republic embassy/consulate websites
American Embassy and Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of the United States, Prague
118 01 Praha 1 - Mala Strana, Prague
Phone: (+420) 257 022 000
Fax: (+420) 257 022 809
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:15 - 11:30, 1:15 - 3:30
Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of Canada, Prague
Ve Struhach 95/2
160 00 Prague 6
Phone: (+420) 27210 1800
Fax: (+420) 27210 1890
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 16:30 / Friday: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 14:00
Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Consulate of Australia, Prague
Solitaire Office Building
Klimentska UI. 10
110 00 Prague
Phone: (+420) 221 729 260
Fax: (+420) 296 578 352
Hours of OperationMonday - Friday: 09:00 - 13:00; 14:00 - 17:00
British Embassy and Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of the United Kingdom, Prague
118 00 Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 257 402 111
Fax: (+420) 257 402 296
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Irish Embassy and Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of Ireland, Prague
118 00 Prague 1, 2nd floor
Phone: (+420) 257 011 280
New Zealand's Consular Offices in the Czech Republic
Consulate of New Zealand, Prague
Vaclavske namesti 9
Wenceslas Square 9 110 00
Praha 1, Czech Republic
Phone: +42 02 3478 4777
Fax: +42 02 3478 4445
*The embassy of New Zealand for the Czech Republic is located in Berlin, Germany: http://www.nzembassy.com/germany
Embassy Offices Outside the Czech Republic
Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
Phone: +1 (202) 274-9100
Fax: +1 (202) 966-8540
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 11:30
Embassy of the Czech Republic, Ottawa
251 Cooper Street
Canada K2P 0G2
Phone: +1 (613) 562 3875
Fax: +1 (613) 562 3878
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 12:00