School requests for hosting a Modern Language Assistant in 2021-22 open on 15 February 2021 and close on 30 April 2021.

As a result of the UK’s EU Exit, all first-time EU and Swiss language assistants will require visas to work in the United Kingdom in the 2021-22 academic year, as Latin American, Chinese and Canadian assistants do at the moment.

The application deadline will be strictly applied so that we can begin the process for Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Scheme visas as soon as possible after assistants are allocated to schools. 

The British Council will be the visa sponsor for assistants entering the UK as part of the programme. This means that your institution does not need to register as a sponsor with UKVI. 

Please note, the British Council cannot grant consecutive year visa sponsorships for assistants arriving from 1 January 2021.

Full details about costs and processes are still to be confirmed, but we will keep you informed via this website and on the British Council Language Assistants Twitter account.