Why choose Italy?

  • The rich diversity of Italian cultural heritage, its scenic beauty and modern cities make Italy a fascinating place. From the historical sights of Rome to the picturesque lakes, you’ll never be short of somewhere to spend your free time
  • You’ll get the chance to experience Italy’s world class cuisine first hand
  • You can explore the fascinating contrasts between the north and south of the country in terms of landscape, economy and way of life.

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There are around 50 posts a year available in Italy in schools across the country. The majority of these posts are at secondary level although there are a small number of posts available in primary schools. 

We prioritise applications from undergraduates who are studying Italian at a UK university and for whom it is compulsory to spend a year abroad. However, we will also accept applications from finalists and graduates. 

Competition for posts in Italy is high and it is unlikely that we will be able to confirm any posts for finalists and graduates before July.

The general terms for a placement in Italy are:

Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May

Hours: 12 per week

Pay: €850 per month net

Other benefits: Some schools offer free meals and accommodation.


Where can I go in Italy?

Assistantships are available in the following regions of Italy. If you wish to express an area preference, you must choose one area from each of Groups A, B and C.

GROUP A  Alto Adige  -  Emilia Romagna  -  Friuli VG  -  Liguria  -  Lombardia  -  Piemonte  -  Trentino

GROUP B    Abruzzo  -  Lazio  -  Marche  -  Molise  -  Toscana  -  Umbria  -  Veneto

GROUP C    Basilicata  -  Calabria  -  Campania  -  Puglia  -  Sardegna -  Sicilia

We recommend you research possible destinations in Italy thoroughly before applying. 

Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardia and Toscana are the most popular first-choice regions, so competition for these locations is particularly tough.

Posts in the Alto Adige region, where the majority of the population speak German, are most suited to students studying both Italian and German. They will be given priority over other candidates for these posts. 

Each year we offer some primary posts in the Lombardia region as part of a the Bilingual Education Initiative. Students with teaching experience or interest in working with young children will be given priority over other candidates for these posts.

Will I be interviewed?

Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside of the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview. These are likely to take place from February to April.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to an induction course in Italy at the beginning of October. You will receive more information on the induction course if you are successfully allocated to a post.

When will I hear back?

You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application by early January.

By the end of April, you will find out whether your application has been put forward for a post (whether or not you were interviewed).

In May or June, the British Council will contact you to let you know if you have been successful or not and in which region your school will be located.

By July, you will receive further details about the exact location of your school from the Ministry of Education in Italy.