For the 2021-22 programme we have made some changes to the period of appointment for which language assistants can be employed.

As the overall visa costs and expenses incurred by host institutions will depend on the length of time that an assistant comes to the UK, we have designed our programme in a way to disperse these costs as far as possible.

Host institutions applying for German, French, Italian, or Spanish speaking language assistants now have the option of hosting an assistant for a long or a short post.

If an institution chooses to host a language assistant for the long period of appointment, the host institutions must reimburse their assistant the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Full information on the IHS and further costs can be found below. For long posts only, it is possible to extend the assistant’s period of appointment by up to a month, upon mutual agreement between the assistant and their host institution.

If an institution chooses to host a language assistant for the short period of appointment, costs will be significantly reduced as the institution will not have to reimburse the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to their assistant and will only have to pay the assistant’s monthly salary. The maximum stay in the UK for language assistants taking up the short posts is limited to 6 months overall due to visa regulations.

It is the responsibility of the host institution or local authority to ensure that the assistant’s period of appointment falls within these 6 months. This period should also include reasonable time for assistants to settle into life in the UK and should allow enough time for leaving the UK at the end of the assistantship.

Please note that for institutions applying to host a Mandarin Chinese language assistant or an Irish language assistant, only the long period of appointment will be possible. Institutions who are retaining their previous French language assistant will also host the assistant for the long period of appointment.