Austrian Teaching Assistantships (AAEC)

For decades this program has provided college graduates from the United States with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to work as secondary school teaching assistants in communities all over Austria. In addition to serving as valuable linguistic models in classroom English instruction, US teaching assistants are also valuable resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and informal representatives of the United States. In this capacity, they contribute substantially to the promotion of mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of Austria. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please consult the Program Description.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement (or be completing one when they apply), and ideally be interested in careers in education or public service. Prospective teachers of foreign languages or TESOL and/or graduates with a documented interest in German and Austrian studies are particularly encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of German is required and necessary to facilitate on-site orientation and work.

Period of Study

U.S. teaching assistants are employed from October 1 – May 31 of the school year. Incoming teaching assistants are required to attend an orientation seminar before beginning their assignments. U.S. teaching assistants with a superior record of performance may apply to have their assistantships extended for a second year.


Teaching assistants receive a monthly gross salary from which deductions for compulsory health and accident insurance and Austrian income tax are made, resulting in a net salary of approximately $1,500. 


Application requirements and additional information can be found on the USTA Website.


The application period is from November 15 to January 15. 


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Teach Abroad


  • Europe

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