How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year will open on 1 November 2016 and will close on 28 February 2017. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year. 

Information for current university students

If you are at university and wish to apply to be a Language Assistant as part of your year abroad, please note that your university may set a separate internal deadline. The deadline may be considerably earlier than the British Council deadline. It is therefore extremely important that you check this with your university in advance of applying and ensure you have enough time to complete your application. 

After completing your application, you will need to provide the email address of one of your tutors (or a year abroad coordinator) to act as a referee. It is your responsibility to check that your referee's details are correct  and that they will be happy to provide you with a reference before the deadline. Please note that you will not be able to change your referee’s details once you have submitted your application.

Information for graduates

Applicants who graduated before 1 January 2015 will need to provide an up-to-date reference from a recent employer as part of their application.

What's next?

Find out about the next stages once your application has been sent.

Further assessment 

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts in China, Canada, Italy and Latin America will be invited to take part in a further assessment stage before being offered a post. This further assessment will take place on a rolling basis before April 2017. 

Telephone interviews

Applicants who meet our eligibility criteria but who have not completed their secondary school education in the UK may be invited to participate in a telephone interview to test their knowledge of UK culture. 

Similarly, we may invite some applicants to participate in a language level test if it is not clear from their application how they reached the stated level. 

These interviews would take place between January 2016 and April 2016, and affected candidates will be contacted individually nearer the time.