Applications for the Modern Language Assistants programme 2020-21 are now open.

We are continually monitoring COVID-19 developments, acting on the advice of health authorities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Health Organisation. We plan to continue with the Modern Language Assistants recruitment programme for 2020-21 in conjunction with our overseas partners, and you should apply to host a Modern Language Assistant in the usual way. We will communicate any changes by email to all affected applicants which occur as a result of the developing situation.

Language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Irish who can help students in UK schools, colleges and universities to develop language skills and understand other cultures.

With up-to-date knowledge of their local culture and language, they can also help revitalise the skills of language teachers.