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 2022.
Will I need a visa?
Assistants going to Belgium who do not have a valid EU passport will have to apply for a visa.
To obtain the visa, candidates require the Annexe 46, passport and consular fee exemption form which will be provided by our partners.
Please note that the consular fee exemption form only applies to candidates who have student status. Any non-students will be required to pay the fee which is €366 (as at 09/2021).
Candidates will need to put together a dossier to obtain their Annexe 46. This includes: medical certificate obtained from an approved practitioner, International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC), additional documents provided by WBI and your work contract. The cost of the medical exam is around £250 in general, but this may vary from clinic to clinic.
Once the Annexe 46 has been approved and these documents are ready, you must make an appointment at the visa centre to obtain your visa. You do not have to fill out the visa application.
When will I start my placement?
Posts in Belgium run from 1 October 2022 – 31 May 2023.
Will there be an induction course?
You will be invited to an introductory meeting in Brussels at the beginning of October. This may be in a virtual format.
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.
Where can I get information about my placement from?
The guide for Language Assistants in Belgium 2021-22 is available to download in PDF format below. This information has been provided for reference and is subject to change each year. Updated guidance for Assistants going out on placement in 2022-3 will be available in summer 2022.
Last updated: 14/10/2021