We are pleased to announce that the application form for the 2023-24 academic is now live. Deadline for applications is February 1st 2023. However, we strongly recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline. Final deadline for tutor reference submission is February 8th 2023.  We look forward to receiving your applications.                                                                                                                                                                    Apply now

For all the programme information please click this link which candidates will be able to consult and which provides you with a programme overview as well as detailed destination information.

A year as a Language Assistant gives students the opportunity to develop transferrable skills that will make their CV stand out from the crowd. 

University students must meet the general criteria which includes having spent 5 of the last 10 years in the UK , and be highly proficient in English (C2 level). Teaching opportunities are available in 14 destinations and students do not need a formal language qualification to become a Language Assistant.

Promoting the programme to your students

UK higher education institutions, especially study abroad co-ordinators, faculty members and career offices, can raise awareness of the programme and its benefits by highlighting:

Getting involved

In the sections below, you will find an outline of what universities are required to do in order for your students to take part in this programme.



The application process is all online unless there are medical reasons that might prevent them from doing so. Such a case should be discussed with the British Council before the candidate starts the application process. 

For any applicants who may have additional requirements, please see this guidance video.



If requested, the British Council can provide updates to university departments regarding the progress of the candidates’ applications.

When students have been accepted onto the programme, referees should help them to prepare for their placement.

All candidates will go through roughly the same application process and will receive very similar information. However, the fact that we run programmes with 14 destinations worldwide means that the timing of, for example, video interviews, matching meetings, confirmation emails and pre-departure information packs varies from one country to another.

Some candidates may be asked to complete a video assessment. The assessment is designed to test, among other aspects, students' motivation, enthusiasm and adaptability. Students should be encouraged to prepare for these as much as possible.

When students return

Returning students have the chance to take part in the Language Assistants Ambassadors programme, to promote the opportunity and pass on guidance to future Language Assistants. An induction day or webinar for successful Language Assistant Ambassadors is held each September to provide information on the programme and how to promote it in their university. The Ambassador role can be online and/or in person where possible, with selected ambassadors participating in promotional presentations, self-led activity and development webinars.  

This is a great opportunity for students to pass on their experiences and could lead to future employment opportunities, so they should be encouraged to take part wherever possible.

We are always keen to receive feedback on the programme. If you have any comments or questions, please email us on languageassistants.uk@britishcouncil.org.

 Last updated: 08/11/2022