Applying for English teaching jobs in Austria: how to complete your application
You have a strong desire to be a teaching assistant in Austria, but what exactly do you need to do in order to complete an application? Here, you’ll find all the application-related information you need about teaching English in Austria. Requirements for the application include many items that can take some time to prepare or obtain, such as letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose, so be sure to give yourself enough time to gather documents and complete your application by the January 15 deadline. Also bear in mind that only completed applications will be considered, making good time management skills an essential part of finishing your application in due time.
Before you can access the application for teaching assistant jobs in Austria, you first need to register by entering a username and password and providing basic personal information. Your username should be in the following format: first name (period) last name, e.g. Jane.Doe. Once you have entered the required information, click on “Create profile.” You will then receive an email confirming registration and issuing you a new password. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email in your inbox, and do not register more than once!
In order to log in again, simply follow the link above or click on “Application” in the navigation bar, then enter your username and password and click “Sign in.” Do not forget to save your progress while working on your application.
Enter your personal information as specified in the online application for the teaching assistant program in Austria, paying particular attention to the mandatory fields. Please note that this information is for internal use only; Fulbright Austria will not sell or share this information with outside parties. More information on how we handle your personal data can be found here.
Amongst other things, you will need to inform Fulbright Austria of your citizenship(s). Only US citizens are eligible to apply for the US English segment of the teaching assistant program in Austria. British citizens without dual US citizenship should contact the British Council.
Please provide Fulbright Austria with both a permanent and a current address. The current address must be valid until May 15. All official correspondence will be sent to your permanent address after May 15.
First, enter the name of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or that you last attended. Also enter your major(s) and minor(s) as well as the type of degree you received or will receive, including the (expected) date of graduation.
You can list more than one college or university, but the institution that conferred or will confer your degree should be listed first. Please refrain from listing summer programs or study abroad programs. Only list institutions from which you received a degree, at which you are currently enrolled, or from which you transferred before continuing your studies at another institution.
If you are a transfer student with multiple transcripts, please upload all transcripts in one PDF and list all relevant institutions in the “University Education” section of the application. If you are a graduate student, please upload both the final transcript for your undergraduate degree and a copy of your current transcript as a single PDF and list both institutions separately in the “University Education” section.
In addition to uploading their CV in the “Uploads” section of the application, those interested in teaching English in Austrian schools must also complete the application section regarding general work experience, relevant work experience, and social engagement. If you do not have any experience in a particular category, you may leave it blank. If you do have experience in any of the three categories, please list the three most relevant employers/activities in each category, starting with the most recent. Include the name of your employer(s), your duties and responsibilities, the duration of employment, and the number of hours worked per week.
If you want Fulbright Austria to process your application for English teaching assistant jobs in Austria, the following documents must be uploaded as individual PDFs (no larger than 2MB) by the January 15 application deadline:
Proof of German proficiency
Current (or final) official transcript
Two letters of recommendation
Signed application form
For more information about the specific downloads, please consult the Document Upload section of this website.
Letters of recommendation
You are encouraged to choose references who can best address the qualifications and skill sets required for teaching assistant jobs in Austria. Please contact potential references far enough in advance to confirm that they are willing to write your letters of recommendation and to give them ample time to complete your letters.
Once each reference has confirmed, enter their name and email address in the application. The reference will then receive an email asking them to complete a short questionnaire and write a letter of recommendation.
The online application system allows you to track whether a reference has submitted their letter of recommendation for you. Moreover, you may remind references once to submit their letters of recommendation, or you can remove references who have not submitted their letters and enter new references. Bear in mind that both letters of recommendation must be received by the January 15 deadline.
When applying to the USTA program, it is important to remember that not all USTAs teach English in Vienna, Salzburg, or other larger cities in this Alpine country. In fact, USTAs are placed in communities large and small, in urban and rural settings in all nine Austrian provinces.
Fulbright Austria solicits information on placement preferences during the application process in order to facilitate matching finalists with job assignments that best correspond to their interests as closely as possible. However, it is not always possible to place teaching assistants based on their preferences; as such, it is important to remain flexible and open to areas of Austria not indicated in you preferences.
When completing your online application to be a teaching assistant in Austria, you can list up to two Austrian provinces you would prefer or inform us that you do not have any particular preferences. You can also describe the general setting or region you would prefer (e.g. mountainous, rural, near a university, etc.). Again, given that the number of openings to teach English in Innsbruck, Graz, Linz, etc., are limited, we encourage you to be flexible in your preferences but will do our best to meet any preferences you indicate.
Furthermore, when it comes to teaching English at schools in Austria, there is a wide variety of secondary-school types with specialized curricula. Here too you can indicate a preference by specifying a particular type of school that best matches your interests and qualifications. For more information about the different kinds of Austrian secondary schools, please consult the Placement page of the USTA website.