Language assistant teaching girl in the UK.

Would you like to spend a year living and working in the UK, helping students to improve their knowledge and understanding of your language and culture?

Become a Modern Language Assistant in a UK school, college or university and you can do just that.

What will I be doing?

Language assistants in the UK work in the classroom with teachers or on their own with small groups. They spend up to a year helping students improve their confidence with foreign languages and increase their cultural awareness.

You will get the chance to experience teaching in the UK, develop your English language skills and gain important transferable skills to help you in your career, whatever industry you choose to work in.

You will also get the opportunity to live in the UK and visit England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about the role and benefits of being a language assistant in the UK.

Languages covered

You can become a language assistant if you are a fluent speaker of the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Irish (for placements in Northern Ireland only)
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish.

How do I apply?

To become a language assistant in French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish in the UK, please apply to the relevant partner agency in your home country. You will find the contact details for these agencies below. 

Only French assistants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may stay on for a second year in the programme. You should inform your school as soon as possible if you wish to stay on. Your school or local education authority must must make an application to us in the usual way to inform us you will continue to work with them in the following year.

Every year, we also seek to recruit fluent speakers of Irish to promote and support the teaching and learning of the language in schools throughout Northern Ireland. For more information, please visit the Irish Language Assistants page or contact us.

If your home country is not listed, you cannot become a language assistant in a UK school with our programme at this time.


Lauren Fiszzon
Education Services Manager 
British Council
Marcelo T de Alvear 590, 4th Floor 
C1058AAF Buenos Aires 
Telephone: +54 (0)11 4114 8652


Ulla Riesenecker
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF)
Universitätsstraße 5
1010 Wien
Telephone: +43 1 523 8765-58


Rime Mourtada
Service Bourses internationales, 
Wallonie-Bruxelles International
2 place Sainctelette 
B-1080 Bruxelles 
Email: Mourtada Rime

Canada (Québec only)

Renaud Brissonneau 
Équipe des Programmes internationaux d’assistantes et d’assistants de langue
Éducation internationale
301, rue des Peupliers Est, bureau A
Québec (Québec) 
G1L 1S6
Telephone: +1 418 651-4667, poste 144 (Renaud)
Sans frais au Québec 1 877 651-4667 -  Téléc. : +1 418 266-0774


Ivonne Muller
English Project Consultant
The British Council 
Av. Ricardo Lyon 222 
Of. 2001
Santiago de Chile 
Telephone: +56 2 410 6906


Application information is available on the CLEC website or through your local Confucius Institute.


Application dates and requirements are published through British Council Colombia.


Maria Soledad Miranda Salazar

Jefa del Departamento de Lenguas y Linguística

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador-Sede Ambato

Av. Manuela Sáenz s/n, Sector El Tropezón, 






Brigitte Sénécal LEVASSEUR
Centre International d'Etudes Pedagogiques 
Chargée de programmes – Assistants de langue (Royaume-Uni)
1 avenue Léon-Journault 
92318 Sèvres Cedex 
Telephone: +33 (0)1 45 07 60 46
You must be registered as a student at a French university to apply to the France Éducation Internationale.


Gisela Grütter-Probst
Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) der Kultusministerkonferenz
Nationale Agentur für EU-Programme im Schulbereich
Graurheindorfer Straße 157
D-53117 Bonn
Telephone: +49 228 501 223


Ministero dell'Istruzione, Universita e Ricerca (MIUR)
Dipartimento per la Programmazione
Direzione Generale per gli Affari Internazionali
Ufficio V
Viale Trastevere 76/A
00153 Roma
Telephone: +39 055 2380348 - Tuesday: 10.30 – 12.30 / Wednesday: 10.30 – 12.30 e 15.00 – 16.00 / Friday: 10.30 – 12.30


Monica Angulo
Lope de Vega 316
Col. Chapultepec Morales
11570 Mexico D.F


Olimpia Z. Muñoz López, Jefa de Servicio - Difusión de la Lengua y la Cultura
Subdirección General de Promoción Exterior Educativa
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Paseo del Prado 28, 5ª planta
28014 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91 506 5594


Edith Funicello-Bösch
Austausch und Mobilität
Dornacherstrasse 28A / Postfach
4501 Solothurn
Telephone: +41 32 462 00 72

Prepare for your placement

See information and resources to help you prepare for your placement before you arrive in the UK.

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