Italy

Why choose Italy?

The rich diversity of Italian cultural heritage, its scenic beauty, fantastic food and modern cities make Italy a fascinating place to live. From the historical sights of Rome to the picturesque lakes, you’ll never be short of somewhere to spend your free time. Living as a Language Assistant in Italy, you can explore the fascinating contrasts between the north and south of the country, both in terms of landscape, economy and way of life.

What will I do?

There are around 50 posts a year available 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 too. 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. 

Please note that competition for posts in Italy is high. It is unlikely that we will be able to confirm any posts for finalists and graduates before July.

How does it all work?

You will be in post from 1 October to 31 May and work around 12 hours per week. 

Medical certificate

You are likely to be asked to provide a medical certificate upon starting your asisstantship in Italy. This is a requirement of our partner organisation. Once you have been allocated a post in Italy, we will provide a template for your medical certificate. Therefore, all you will need to do is go to your GP in the UK before starting your assistantship and ask them to certify your general health. Please note that some GPs may charge for a full examination if they deem this necessary.

Where can I go in Italy?

Assistantships are available in the following regions of Italy:

 GROUP A: Bolzano, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise, Sardinia, Sicilia, Umbria

 GROUP B: Abruzzo, Campania, Friuli, Marche, Piemonte, Puglia

 GROUP C: Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Toscana, Veneto

If you wish to express an area preference, you have to choose one from Group A, one from Group B, and one from any of the three groups. We recommend you research possible destinations in Italy thoroughly before applying. 

Please note that the number and location of posts available in Italy varies each year, therefore we cannot guarantee that there will be posts in each one of the regions above. We ask that candidates are as flexible as possible with their preferences.

Information on the Regions 

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

Posts in the Bolzano region can be located in either Alto Adige or Trentino. Placements in Alto Adige are most suited to applicants studying both Italian and German. They will be given priority over other candidates for these posts. Please indicate in the section “Reasons for your preference” whether you are applying for a post in Trentino or Alto Adige.

Please note that there is usually only a limited number of primary posts available in Italy each year. Students with teaching experience or interest in working with young children will be given priority over other candidates for these posts.

What will I be paid?

You will earn around €850 net per month. Some schools offer free meals and accommodation.

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.

All shortlisted candidates will be requested to attend an assessment day in London, Manchester or Edinburgh in March. Where possible you will be invited to an assessment day at the location nearest to you. 

Will there be an induction course?

Our partners in Italy hold inductions in three locations in Italy in November. Dates and venues will be confirmed in October, when assistants are already in post. 

When will I hear back?

January - you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

March - all shortlisted candidates will be requested to attend an assessment day.

April - you will find out whether your application has been put forward for a post.

May to June - the British Council will contact you to let you know if you have been successful and in which region your school will be located.

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