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We have long known the value that language assistants can bring to any classroom, and every year we hear about how much difference a language assistant can make to the learning experience of students across the UK. In 2019-20, 91% of institutions have said that hosting a Modern Language Assistant increased their students’ cultural awareness.

To ensure language and culture can continue to be brought to life in modern language classrooms across the UK, we have had to adapt for 2021-22. We value access and have looked at ways to keep providing opportunities in an everchanging world since 1905.

Please find information on your options for hosting a Modern Language Assistant in 2022-23 below at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Whenever you’re ready to apply, you can complete an application.

Overview: Periods of appointment options


Period of appointment

Costs involved





Option 1: Short post

November 2022 – April 2023


Option 2: Long post*

Recommended 1 September 2022 or 1 October 2022 – 31 May 2023

Immigration Health Surcharge (£624)



Irish retained

Recommended 1 September 2022 or 1 October 2022 – 31 May 2023



Mid-September 2022 – 30 June 2023

Immigration Health Surcharge (£624)

National Living Wage

*For long posts only, host institutions may reasonably offer a longer period of appointment e.g. an additional month during the same academic year. This should be upon mutual agreement between the assistant and their host institution and the dates agreed should be confirmed (included) in the offer letter.

Find out more about salary rates and working hours for Modern Language Assistants.