Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France. Photo ©

Andreas Selter, used under licence and adapted from the original.

Applications for the English Language Assistants programme will re-open in the autumn of 2018.

Why choose France?

France offers a wide diversity of landscapes, from the beaches of the south to the mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees, all within reach of one another on the country’s excellent public transport network. You will have the chance to uncover why the country is so famous for its food.

  • You will be in post from 1 October to 30 April (primary and secondary schools)
  • You will work a minimum of 12 hours per week, with the option in some placements to add up to six hours per week.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in France, you must fulfil the general eligibility criteria, be aged 35 or under, and have B1 level in French.

Where can I go?

As well as mainland France, you could be on placement in one of the country's overseas territories (Outre-mer), such as Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and Martinique

Candidates for France have the following regions on offer: 

  • GROUP A: Amiens, Créteil, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Reims, Versailles
  • GROUP B: Besançon, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Nantes, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Rennes, Rouen
  • GROUP C: Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux, Corse, Dijon, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Outre-Mer, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse

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. The areas listed above refer to regions (académies) and not to towns or cities which may share the same name.

If you are allocated in one of your three area preferences, you should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region. We recommend that you research the académies before applying. The Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) has further details.

Flexibility is crucial. Due to demand, we cannot award a placement in a central area to all applicants. Some candidates may not be awarded any of their three choices. In these cases, we will make efforts to allocate candidates as closely as possible, geographically, to one of their original choices.

We have no control over the number of posts available in each académie, as this fluctuates yearly.


The cost of living in Outre-mer is higher than in mainland France and your pay will be approximately 40 per cent higher in this case. If Outre-Mer is your first choice, you must also be prepared to accept a position in mainland France and must choose two other académies as well.

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 candidate's application form, to ensure the best chance of a desired match. We cannot guarantee a post near your accommodation.

How much will I be paid?

You should expect to earn around €964.88 per month gross, i.e., about €800 net (17 per cent social security deduction). Those in Outre-Mer will receive more (see just above). You are also entitled to national healthcare.

Will I be interviewed?

Some candidates, including those who have been educated outside the UK, may be assessed by telephone interview. Interviews are likely to take place from February to April.

When will I hear back?

  • April: You will find out whether your application has passed the first stage and been forwarded to our French partner organisation.
  • April to May: You will find out whether your application has been successful and to which académie you have been allocated.
  • June to mid-September: You will hear directly from your académie regarding the location of your post.

Patience is key – some candidates will inevitably be contacted before others depending on their académie, so there is no cause for concern if you have still had no news by early September. We do not have access to this information, as it is sent directly from France to the individual candidate.

For more information, see our ELA Lifecycle (PDF) document.

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 days requiring an overnight stay, académies will generally help assistants financially with this.

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