Am I eligible?
To be a Language Assistant in Italy, you must:
- fulfil the general eligibility criteria
- hold a UK or Irish passport (other EU passports are not eligible)
- have B1-level Italian.
You may be asked to provide a medical certificate upon starting your assistantship in Italy. This is a requirement of our partner organisation, and they will inform you if one is needed. Once your post is confirmed, we will provide a template for your medical certificate, if required. You will need to go to your GP in the UK and ask them to certify your general health. Some GPs may charge for a full examination if they deem this necessary.
Will I need a visa?
Yes, we will give guidance on this if you are selected for a post in Italy.
From 2021, assistants going to Italy who do not have an EU passport will have to apply for a Long Stay Visa (Study). The cost for this is currently £105.20 (GBP). There is also an administrative fee of €50.00 (EUR).
Please be aware there may also be significant additional costs associated with the visa process (such as acquiring documents and travelling to appointments) which applicants should prepare for.
Applications for the visa will be made through the Italian Consulate offices in the UK.
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 Italy will run from 1 October 2022 until 31 May 2023.
Will there be an induction course?
You will likely be invited to an induction course in Italy, hosted by the Italian authorities. The date and location of the course has not yet been confirmed and may not be available until you are in the country. You will receive the invitation for the induction date directly from the Italian authorities.
For assistants allocated in Trentino-Alto Adige, the regional authorities will inform you of your induction separately.
You will also be invited to attend a pre-departure webinar run by the British Council at the end of August/start of September.
How many hours will I work per week?
Language Assistants in Italy 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 Italy?
Every year there are approximately 40 posts available in Italy. We prioritise applications from undergraduates who are studying Italian at a UK university and for whom it is compulsory to spend a year abroad. However, we also welcome applications from final year undergraduates and graduates.
Competition for posts in Italy is high. It is therefore likely that we will have to operate a waiting list and that we will be unable to confirm many posts for final year undergraduates and graduates before July.
What type of institution will I be working in?
The majority of posts available in Italy are in secondary schools, although a small number are available in primary schools.
How much will I be paid?
You will earn around €850 net per month. Some schools may offer meals and accommodation, with salaries adjusted accordingly.
You will earn a higher rate of around €1,100 per month if you are placed in the region of Trentino Alto-Adige due to the higher cost of living.
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 Italy the academic calendar generally runs from September to June. Typically, assistants can expect to receive the same school and national holidays as their institution.
Holidays vary by region and sometimes institution, however as an indication, you may receive:
- between one and two weeks off at Christmas
- around five days off at Easter
Please note that these dates are not confirmed, but have been provided to help give you an idea of what the academic calendar may look like.
Your institution will give you full details of your term dates and any public holidays when you begin your post.
Where can I go in Italy?
Assistantships are available in the following regions of Italy:
- GROUP A: Trentino-Alto Adige - Basilicata - Calabria - Molise - Sardinia - Sicilia - Umbria
- GROUP B: Abruzzo - Campania - Friuli - Marche - Piemonte - Puglia
- GROUP C: Emilia Romagna - Lazio - Liguria - Lombardia - Toscana - Veneto.
If you wish to express an area preference, you must choose one region from Group A, one from Group B and one from any of the three groups. We recommend you research possible destinations thoroughly before applying.
The number and location of posts available vary each year, and we cannot guarantee that there will be posts in each of the regions above. Applicants must therefore be flexible and willing to accept a placement in regions they have not listed.
Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardia and Toscana are the most popular first-choice regions, so competition for these locations is high.
In Trentino Alto-Adige, languages other than Italian are spoken. In the province of Alto-Aidge, German is predominantly spoken, whereas in the province of Trentino, Italian is predominantly spoken. We usually have around 5 posts in this region, and in recent years these have been in the Italian-speaking regions and Ladin-speaking valleys, however there is the possibility that we will have placements in the German-speaking areas. Candidates studying for a joint degree in German and Italian will be given priority over other candidates for these posts.
Please clearly indicate in the section 'Reasons for your preference' whether you are applying for a post in the predominantly Italian, German or Ladin-speaking regions, but please be aware that this will be dependent on availability.
I'm currently a Language Assistant in Italy – can I apply again?
Language assistants in Italy 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 Italy 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: 19/10/2021