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Become an English language assistant in Italy

Why should i choose Italy?
The rich diversity of Italian cultural heritage, its scenic beauty and modern cities make Italy a fascinating place to spend a year.

What are the terms and conditions in Italy?
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. You must have AS-level, Higher Grade or equivalent in Italian to apply.

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

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 and who hold a UK or Irish passport.

Where can I go in Italy?
The posts are not all in the same locations every year, so you should try to 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 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.

We have the following regions on offer in Italy. 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

Will I be interviewed?
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.

Will there be an induction course?
You will be invited to an induction course in Italy at the beginning of October 2014. You will receive more information on the induction course if you are successfully allocated to a post.

When will I hear?

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 - the British Council will contact you to let you know if you have been successful or not and which region your school will be located in
June/July - you will receive further details about the exact location of your school from the Ministry of Education in Italy

Please also see our lifecycle document for more information.

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