Established in 1905, the British Council’s English Language Assistants (ELA) programme is a major UK mobility initiative that offers paid teaching placements abroad, providing the perfect opportunity to travel, teach and gain invaluable experiences along the way. 

Every year we send around 2,500 English Language Assistants from the UK to support the teaching of English in 14 countries around the world.

Applications for the 2021-22 academic year

We're delighted to announce that applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now open.

  • The application submission deadline for all countries is Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 16.00 GMT
  • The deadline for all references is Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 16.00 GMT

Click on the tabs below to learn all about the programme - please make sure you read through these sections before starting your application.

When you're ready to apply, view our step-by-step application guide and access the online application form on the How to apply to be an English Language Assistant webpage.

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