The rich diversity of Italian cultural heritage, its scenic beauty and modern cities make Italy a fascinating place to spend a year.
There are around 50 posts 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 can only accept applications from undergraduates who are studying Italian at a UK university and for whom it is compulsory to spend a year abroad.
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
Age and passport requirements: the Italian Ministry of Education is normally able to consider only candidates under the age of 30, who hold a UK or Irish passport.
The posts are not all in the same locations every year, so you should be as flexible as possible. It is helpful if you can indicate whether you prefer a post in northern or southern Italy. Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardia and Toscana are the most popular first-choice regions, so competition for these locations is particularly tough. We recommend you research possible destinations in Italy thoroughly before applying.
Posts in the Alto Adige region are most suited to students studying both Italian and German, and they will be given priority over other candidates for these posts.
Posts in Lombardia region are usually exclusively at primary schools (Bilingual Education Initiative). Students with teaching experience or interest in working with young children will be given priority over other candidates for these posts.
Candidates for Italy have the following regions on offer. If you wish to express an area preference, you must choose one area from each of Groups A, B and C. Click on the links to find out more about each region.
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
You can also find out more about what it is like to be a language assistant in Italy by reading the case studies from previous language assistants
Some candidates, including those who have been educated abroad, may be assessed by telephone interview. These are likely to take place from February to April.
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.
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)
||May/June - you will find if you are successful or not and the location of your post/school from the British Council
Please also see our lifecycle document for more information.