Teaching English in Switzerland: At a Glance

The backdrop for the ESL classroom in Switzerland is made up of the white-capped peaks of the Alps set against a dazzling blue sky. This view entices teachers on their time off to ski, hike, and enjoy one of the most majestic landscapes in the world.

Monthly Salary*:2,000 - 7,000 CHF
Accommodations:Rarely included
Airfare:Rarely included
Health Care:Usually included
Holidays:Usually paid
Teaching Hours per Week:15 - 30
Typical Contract Length:One year preferred; short-term may be available
Typical Start Month(s):September or January
Application Timeline:3 - 4 months
Private Tutoring per Hour:20 - 80 CHF
Income Tax††:22 - 42%, depending on region
Cost of Living**:Cost of a Big Mac = 6.50 CHF
Exchange Rate:As of 11-28-2014
1.00 CHF = 1.04 USD
1.00 USD = 0.95 CHF
Ability to Save:Moderate
Visa:EU citizenship preferred
Minimum Requirements:Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate and Bachelor's Degree
Additional Notes:Though not part of the European Union, EU citizens have easier access to positions; job search for non-EU/non-Swiss citizens must be performed outside of Switzerland


Other Western Europe Countries:

Austria ~ Belgium ~ Finland ~ France ~ Germany ~ Greece ~ Italy ~ Portugal ~ Spain ~ Sweden ~ Switzerland ~ The Netherlands

Switzerland is a peaceful and prosperous country, with a highly skilled native labor force and low unemployment. As such, living expenses in Switzerland are the highest in Europe.

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification and the Graduate Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality.  Learn more about teaching English in Switzerland and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-800-779-1779, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
** The Big Mac Index is a credible, reliable, third-party cost-of-living index created by The Economist. For comparison purposes, it lists the cost of an American Big Mac at $4.62.
† Exchange rates are subject to change. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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