Lavender field at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, Provence, France. Photo ©

Hans Braxmeier, used under licence and adapted from the original.

Am I eligible for a placement in France?

To be a Language Assistant in France, you must:

As well as fulfilling all the general eligibility criteria, please note that our French partners also require candidates to have undertaken a minimum length of education in the UK - you must have completed one of the following:

  • 3 years of secondary school education in the UK or
  • 2 years at a UK university or
  • 2 years in further education (Level 5 or above) in the UK

Will I need a visa?

From 2021, assistants going to France who do not have an EU passport will have to apply for the following: 

  • Long Stay Visa: Assistants will be exempt from the visa fee but a service charge of approximately £40 (GBP) is payable for the process.  
  • Taxe de Primo-Délivrance: Once in country, assistants will have to pay this tax to work in France. The cost is €200 (EUR) and an additional €25 (EUR) for the stamp. 

Please note that visa requirements can change at short notice, and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any changes to the visa process or to the approximate costs listed above which have been given as a guide only. If allocated a placement, you will receive the most up-to-date information for the processes. You should not apply until you have been instructed to do so by the team.   

When will I start my placement?

Posts in France run from 1 October 2021 – 30 April 2022.  

Will there be an induction course?

The relevant académie in France will invite you to an induction course, either at the end of September or in early October. For any training requiring an overnight stay, académies may help financially.

How many hours will I work per week?

Language Assistants in France can expect to work approximately 12 hours per week, with the option in some placements to add up to six 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 France?

Every year there are approximately 600 posts available in France. Undergraduates will be prioritised if they are participating in the programme as part of a compulsory period abroad. 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?

All placements available in France are in primary and secondary schools.

How much will I be paid?

You should expect to earn €976.40 per month gross (before social security deductions). Those allocated to Outre-mer will receive about 40% more due to a higher cost of living. You are also entitled to national healthcare.

Please note that our overseas partners and employing institutions are ultimately responsible for setting the salary of language assistants and this amount should therefore be treated as indicative and may be subject to change.

What holidays will I have?

In France 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 France?

The preference system has changed for 2019/20. Now you must choose up to three option preferences and rank them in order of preference. By selecting this option you must be open to a placement anywhere within that option's locations. A comments box will be available to add specific reasoning if you have a specific preferred place.

Before making your option choices, please bear in mind the following information about the regions. Please note you will only be considered for Outre-mer if Option D is your first choice.

Option A


Includes Paris, Créteil, Versailles

Hauts de France:

Amiens, Lille


Nancy-Metz, Reims, Strasbourg

Option B


Caen, Rouen








Bordeaux, Limoges, Poitiers

Option C


Besançon, Dijon


Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon


Aix-Marseille, Nice


Montpellier, Toulouse




Option D


French Guiana, Guadeloupe, La Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte.

Before making your regional choices, please bear in mind:

  • The areas listed in the options above refer to regions (académies) and not to towns or cities which may share the same name. We have no control over the number of posts available in each académie, as this fluctuates yearly. We recommend that you research the académies before applying. France Education international has further details
  • Flexibility is crucial. You should expect to be allocated anywhere within your group choice. Some candidates may not be awarded any of their three top option preferences. In these cases, we will make efforts to allocate candidates as closely as possible, geographically, to one of their original choices
  • The cost of living in Outre-mer is higher than in mainland France, so the salary here will be approximately 40% higher. If Outre-mer is your first choice, you must be prepared to accept a post in any of the listed territories. Due to demand, you must also be prepared to accept a position in mainland France
  • If your reason for choosing an area is that you have contacts and possible accommodation there, you must state the name of your host and address of the accommodation in the ‘Reasons for preferences’ section of the application form. Equally, we can take any other strong reasons for regional preferences into consideration, so long as you highlight it in your application rather than in later communications. All reasonable wishes for regional preferences, be these medical or otherwise, should be researched and explained as fully as possible on the application form, to ensure the best chance of a desired match. We cannot guarantee a post near your accommodation.

I've worked as a Language Assistant in France - can I apply again?

Assistants currently working in France can re-apply for a consecutive year. This is not done through the British Council: apply directly by following the instructions on France Education international renewal site before the deadline as specified on this linked website. 

Consecutive year assistants can ask to remain at the same school, or can request a change to their school or académie.