TEFL Course In Florence

We get you enrolled in the best TEFL course in Florence and then help you get a career started in Italy. Get in touch so we can get you started.

TEFL Course In Florence

We get you enrolled in the best TEFL course in Florence and then help you get a career started in Italy. Get in touch so we can get you started.

tefl course in florence italy with once upon a tefl

Ciao! So you are thinking of leaving home behind and coming to one of Europe’s most gorgeous cities?

Good for you, let’s get into it!

If you are dreaming of teaching English in Italy then this TEFL course in Florence, or Firenze as the locals say, is the perfect first step to starting your journey. Don’t have a college degree? Don’t have teaching experience? Or maybe you have both, it doesn’t matter as teaching English in Italy only requires you to be a native English speaker and have TEFL certification.

Florence is the birthplace of the Italian and European Renaissance in the 14th Century. The art, architecture, sculpture and innovation that started in Florence quickly spread across Europe and we can see much of still today, 700 years later!

This is why Florence attracts so many tourists every year. If you are an art history buff or just love Italian culture than Florence is the city you should set your sights on as you will be walking around with your jaw on the floor fromseeing these amazing works of art and if that doesn’t get you the local cuisine surely will.

TEFL Florence is the opportunity you can use to get into Florence and live like local, walk the streets that the greats such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Sandro Botticelli, Filippo Brunelleschi and even Leonardo da Vinci walked.

TEFL Florence Requirements

  • Must be fluent in the English language
  • Over the age of 18
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
  • Must complete the course and pass the assessments
  • Positive attitude & desire to travel to Florence

What this course will give you

  • 4 weeks of TEFL / TESOL training in Florence
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Course TEFL Certification
  • You get to practice teaching with Italian ESL students
  • Refresher in English grammar and punctuation 
  • Classroom management
  • Job placement assistance in Italian TEFL schools
  • Access to jobs in schools worldwide
  • Education theory

         Plus much, much more!

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How much does the TEFL course in Florence cost?

The cost of the TEFL Certification in Florence, Italy, is only $1299

  • $329 Deposit + $970 Balance

Be sure to check the Currency Converter as prices do change daily.

(Deposit to be paid to secure your spot on the TEFL course in Florence, Italy. The balance must be paid in full before the TEFL course begins)

Refer a friend and you get $100 sent straight to you from Florence with love!

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Street in Florence at sunset with a person riding the bicycle

What qualifications do I need to teach English in Italy?

To teach English in Italy you must be fluent in the English language and have completed a TEFL certification course of over 120 hours with a live teaching practicum. You are not required to have a college degree to teach English in language centres but you may be required if you apply to national universities or some secondary level education schools.

English is in high demand in Italy as many people have turned to work online and doing business internationally heavily requires English with many companies and industries. The rise of the English language in international business has meant many Italians are in need of improving or beginning their study of English which means more jobs for TEFL teachers.

That is not to say that standard has dropped in the English teaching sector. TEFL courses are designed to equip TEFL teachers with all the skills and training needed to help anyone who wants to learn English.

How much do TEFL teachers make in Italy?

In Italy, you can expect to earn between €1050 and €1600 per month for teaching English. The higher salaries will be found in the larger cities like Rome, Venice or Milan while the lower end is mainly focused in the South known as the Meridione or Mezzogiorno. You can earn much more with overtime, private tutoring and teaching online.

Many TEFL teachers take up one or more of these ‘side hustles’ while working in their schools during the day. Depending on how much you choose to charge per hour and how many hours you chose to do you could make a substantial income on the side, but you would have less free time.

Quick example: I did the math so you don’t have to, you’re welcome!

If you work 30 hours per week at €12 p/h you can earn €1560 per month in your day job.

€12 x 30 hrs = €360 p/w x 52wks = €18,720 / 12mths = €1,560 p/month

If you tutor or teach online for an extra 15 hours per week in the evenings or weekends and charge your students €15 per hour you can earn an extra €975 per month.

€15 x 15 hrs = €225 p/w x 52wks = €11,700 / 12mths = €975 p/month

That is a monthly income of €2,535 / $2,740!

I know each teacher will have a different salary and timetable but this is the potential you can earn with TEFL and it is a great salary for any country!

Perseus with the Head of Medusa next to a marblestatue of a lion in Florence, Italy
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy

Do I need a visa to teach in Italy?

To work legally in Italy as a non-EU citizen you will need to apply for a Work Visa, Student Visa or Italian Working Holiday Visa. If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to live and work in Italy but if you plan to stay longer than 90-days you must apply for residency (both EU and non-EU citizens).

If you plan to come to Italy for the TEFL course and wish to return home or teach English in another country then a regular holiday visa will cover the 4 week course period.

If you plan on working in Italy long time these are your options:

Work Visa: For a work visa, you must have a school or company hire you and sponsor you to work in Italy. They will complete most of the forms and deal with Italian Immigration.

Student Visa: You need to enrol on a recognised course with a school in Italy. Many people choose to study the Italian language part-time or in the evenings and this can be accepted as a course to give you a Student Visa. With a student visa, you are allowed to work in Italy, but are limited to 20 hours per week.

Italian Working Holiday Visa: Only applicable to people under 35 from Canada and people under 30from South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

This is only a very brief summary of your options. Once you sign up with us we will walk you through the process step by step and assist you. 

Can you work in Italy without speaking Italian?

You are not required to speak Italian to teach English in Italy. English is to always be spoken in the classroom. That being said, it would be helpful to pick up some o the language for outside the classroom and in your private life.

Learning a language is fun to do so you might enjoy a few lessons. And being a language teacher yourself, you will know little tricks and tips to help you learn faster.

Speaking as someone who worked in Italy without knowing two words of Italian, I had a great time and managed to get through life fine. If I could go back I would have taken some lessons as it would have enhanced the experience and it would have helped me meet more people and not be constrained to only English speakers.

Will I be able to find a job teaching English in Italy once I’m done with my course?

There are many open positions for English teachers all over Italy currently. Due to the pandemic shutting the country down many English teachers moved home and stopped going to teach aboard. This is slowly changing however and people are starting to travel around again. 

Now would be a great time to get in while the opportunities are at their most bountiful!

English is becoming very popular in Italy at the moment with more people working online internationally and Italians wanting to travel more.

Florence City by Pablo Castro

How much money should I bring to get started?

To be comfortable, I would suggest travelling with anything over €1300. You will need a deposit for your accommodation and the first month’s rent which combined could cost between €500-€1000 or more depending on if you want to live alone or share, be in the suburbs or the city centre.

You will also need money for food, transport (very cheap) and bills. 

Remember you will spend 4 weeks on the course and then you will not receive your first paycheck until after your first month of teaching. This is 8 weeks without income so you should be prepared. In the end, it will be worth it as you will have a well-paid job and you’ll be in Italy…

Italy is a relatively cheap and affordable place to live. Here’s a secret tip: I lived in Rome and was never once asked to show a ticket on a bus or tram, which I took daily. Do with that info what you will, but you didn’t hear it from me!

Is Florence safe?

Florence is a very safe city to live in. This doesn’t mean that crimes do not happen but overall it is safe. Many people that come to Florence say they feel safer living here than in their own countries like the US or Britain. Like in any big city you should always be wary of your surroundings and you will be fine.

Street in Florence at night with a couple walking

Is it hard to teach English in Italy?

Teaching English in Italy is very easy and enjoyable when you know what you are doing and are comfortable in your role. The students want to learn and Italians are very friendly and easy-going so you will have a great time teaching them.

If you are teaching younger kids then you will have small problems with kids from any country, trying to get them to focus and stop chatting. The adults are respectful and if they are paying for a course they intend to learn and not be disruptive.

Remember, you are teaching your language, you use it every day of your life and know it better than anyone! You will also have your training where you will be taught how to deal with every situation in the classroom and how to pass on your knowledge to the students in a fun and easy way. Try not to overthink it and you will do great.

Compared to many industries and the minimum wage in Italy, TEFL teachers earn a very respectable income. You will earn enough to cover all your expenses, go out and enjoy yourself, travel and even save.

As always it will depend on where you decide to teach. You can expert a higher salary in cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan but you will also have a higher cost of living with housing and food.

Alternatively, you could move to Sicily, Sardinia, Naples or Bari for example. You would earn slightly less but be able to save as the cost of living is lower.

If you choose to teach on the side, as I mentioned above, then you will definitely be leaving Italy with a fat bank balance at the end of your contract!

Man walking down a street in Florence
Aerial view of The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

How do I become a teacher in Italy?

It’s easy, you get in touch with a TEFL company, apply for a course, complete the course and they help find you a job in Italy.

You can choose me or I can recommend another TEFL company or agency that can look after you. I would prefer it if you chose me, of course, but as long as people are getting out there and travelling the world, leaving their comfort zone and helping others learn English, then I’m happy.

*cough* choose me *cough*

narrow street in Florence with ivy covered walls and moped scooters

Why is Florence so famous?

Florence is famous for many reasons which I cannot all mention but here are some interesting facts:

  • Established by Julius Caesar in 59BC
  • The Renaissance was born here in the 14th Century
  • Home of the powerful de’ Medici family. Known for their patronage of the arts, Cosimo and Lorenzo de’ Medici and two members became popes, Giovanni and Giulio de’ Medici being Leo X and Clement VII
  • The greatest artists of the Renaissance either were born in Florence, trained or worked there for many years. Giving Florence amazing paintings, sculptures and architecture.
  • The famous writer Dante, who wrote The Divine Comedy, was born in Florence.
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented the helicopter, parachute and tank here and also painted the Mona Lisa in Florence.
  • Home of the Uffizi Gallery

Did the Renaissance really begin in Florence?

Yes, the Renaissance did begin in Florence in the 1300s. Right after the Middle Ages had ended where art was used solely for religious purposes, artists began using art to express themselves, ideas and nature. They also wanted to outdo classical antiquity such as the ancient Greek sculptures that the Italians adored and collected.

Families outside of the Catholic church, such as the de’ Medici, were becoming rich and used their money to become patrons and commission works of art which gave the arts much freedom and the ability to create more. Art became a status symbol for the wealthy and this only spread the works and abilities of the artists throughout Europe which artists abroad saw and began their own Renaissance.

Michelangelo's David
Vitruvius Man by Leonardo da Vinci

What famous artists were from or lived in Florence?

  • Michelangelo 1475 – 1564
  • Sandro Botticelli 1445 – 1510
  • Filippo Brunelleschi 1377 – 1446
  • Masaccio 1401 – 1428
  • Donatello 1386 – 1466
  • Fra Angelico 1395 –  1455
  • Filippo Lippi 1406 – 1469
  • Domenico Ghirlandaio 1448 – 1494
  • Leon Battista Alberti 1406 – 1472
  • Filippino Lippi 1457 – 1504
  • Paolo Uccello 1397 – 1475
  • Piero della Francesca 1415 – 1492
  • Lorenzo Ghiberti 1378 – 1455

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