As you will be aware, the Brexit transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020. Consequently, EU nationals now require a Tier 5 visa for their time as a Modern Language Assistant in the UK, giving them the same status as Modern Language Assistants joining us from Canada, China and Latin America. The British Council will sponsor visas, so institutions do not need to be a UK Visas and Immigration licence holder.  

The resulting visa costs meant we have had to make some changes to the 2021-22 programme. Such decisions were based on the feedback we received from current host institutions as part of our 2020-21 mid-year survey. We also took into consideration the expectations, views and capacities of host institutions and prospective assistants, whilst maintaining the essence and overall aim of the programme.  

Our application deadline on 30 April 2021 will be strictly applied so we can begin the visa processes as soon as possible after assistants have been allocated to their host institutions. 

We fully understand that schools, colleges and universities in the UK are currently finding themselves in times of great uncertainty. This is why we have carefully considered the impact of Brexit on our programme, to be able to provide a high level of support to our host institutions and continue facilitating linguistic and cultural exchange through our programme.

To learn more about your options for hosting a Modern Language Assistant in 2021-22, head to our Period of appointment and costs involved page. There we have summarised all relevant information on periods of appointment, payment, visa costs and more. 

Once you are ready to apply, you can complete an application.