Neuschwanstein castle in the winter, Germany
Neuschwanstein castle in the winter, Germany. Photo ©

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Applications for the 2019-20 English Language Assistants programme are open now.

Why choose Germany?

Germany has a lot to offer, from the scenic highlights of the Bavarian Alps to the lively cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The 16 Bundesländer (states) of Germany boast some of the most attractive areas of Europe. Living in Germany also gives you a chance to witness Europe’s largest and strongest economy first-hand. It is well known for its reliable public transport system too, making Germany an excellent base for exploring the rest of central Europe.

  • Posts in Germany are in secondary schools, with a very small number of postings in the primary and adult sectors.
  • You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May. You will work around 12 hours per week.
  • Shorter posts are available for the first semester of the year, usually running from 1 September to 28 February. For the shorter period of appointment it is not possible to leave the post early or finish before 28 February.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Germany, you must:

For 2019-20 there is no age limit for applicants. However, undergraduate applicants who need to complete a compulsory year abroad will be given priority.

Where can I go?

Around 260 posts are available each year in Germany in all areas of the 16 Bundesländer (federal states).

You can choose three options from the list of geographical regions in bold below, ranking them in your order of preference. You may also select 'No Preference'.

You should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region, as the town and school allocation will be decided by the Länder. Please note you will only be considered for Berlin if it is your first choice.

  • Nord: Bremen (HB) - Hamburg (HH) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV) - Niedersachsen (NI) - Schleswig- Holstein (SH)
  • Süd: Baden-Württemberg (BW) - Bayern (BY) - Hessen (HE)
  • Ost: Brandenburg (BB) - Sachsen (SN) - Sachsen-Anhalt (ST) - Thüringen (TH)
  • West: Nordrhein-Westfalen (NW) - Rheinland-Pfalz (RP) - Saarland (SL)
  • Berlin: Berlin (BE)

You will find a map of the Bundesländer in the downloads section below.

If you have already had contact with a particular school in Germany, you should enclose a letter from them with your application form. You will be able to explain and give reasons for your preferences in the application form.

The final decision on where you will be placed rests with our German partner organisation and the Länder. We are not able to guarantee any particular region or school. We recommend you research the different regions of Germany before applying.

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately €800 per month net.

What is the application timeline?

  • February-April: some candidates may be contacted if we need clarification on certain aspects of their application.
  • April-May: candidates find out whether their application has been forwarded to our German partner organisation.
  • June: candidates find out whether they have been allocated to a country or been placed on a waiting list.
  • July-August: candidates find out the location of their post directly from the Bundesland.

Successful candidates will begin their post in September 2019.

For more information, download our English Language Assistant lifecyle (PDF 800KB)

Will there be an induction course?

Our partner agency will invite you to a compulsory four-day induction course near Cologne in August or September.

The course will cover all the necessary administration for living in Germany and give you the opportunity to learn and practise teaching skills. On arrival, you will need to pay a small cost (about €35) to cover your accommodation and meals.

Applicants who have recently been an assistant in Germany (within the past 5 years) will not be invited to the induction course.

I'm currently a language assistant in Germany – can I apply again?

Assistants currently working in Germany can apply for a consecutive year. This is not done through the British Council: contact the PAD  for more information. We recommend you do this as soon as you have decided you would like to stay in Germany.

Consecutive year assistants can ask to remain at the same school, or request a change to their school or Bundesland. They will not be required to attend the induction course the following year.

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