Coloured houses on waterfront.
Dinant, Belgium. Photo ©

12019, used under licence and adapted from the orginal.

Am I eligible for a placement in Belgium?

To be a Language Assistant in Belgium, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • have B1-level French
  • be aged 35 or under on 1 October 2021.

Will I need a visa? 

From 2021, assistants going to Belgium who do not have an EU passport will have to apply for a visa. 

We are working with our partners and will provide information to candidates regarding costs and processes.  

When will I start my placement?

Posts in Belgium run from 1 October 2021 – 31 May 2022.

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to an introductory meeting in Brussels at the beginning of October.

How many hours will I work per week?

Language assistants in Belgium can expect to work approximately 12 hours per week. Please be aware that the number of hours and your specific timetable and working pattern can vary depending on the region and institution that you are allocated to.  

How many posts are available in Belgium?

Every year there are approximately 10 posts available in Belgium. Candidates will be placed on a waiting list if they are not immediately successful in gaining a post. 

What type of institution will I be working in?

Posts in both secondary schools and higher education institutions are available.

How much will I be paid?

You will earn around €870 per month. Please note that our overseas partners and employing institutions are ultimately responsible for setting the salary of language assistants. This amount should therefore be treated as indicative and may be subject to change.

What holidays will I have?

In Belgium the academic calendar runs from September to June. Typically, assistants can expect to receive the same school and national holidays as their institution.  

Where can I go in Belgium?

Posts are available in the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, which consists of Brussels and Wallonia. The number of posts in each area depends on demand from Belgian schools and can often be quite rural.

Are there other considerations?

Our partners Wallonie-Bruxelles International have stated that schools have their own individual policies regarding the wearing of religious symbols (which is not in line with UK and British Council policy). Teachers are not allowed to wear religious symbols, however in the past some Assistants have been able to do so during their placement.  Please note that we are unable to guarantee a placement in a school which permits the wearing of religious symbols, but we will highlight this requirement to our partners to take into consideration when finding an appropriate placement. 

I've worked as a Language Assistant in Belgium – can I apply again?

Language Assistants in Belgium cannot apply for a consecutive year in the same country, although they are welcome to apply to work in a different country.

Last updated: 16/03/2021