The Alps in Switzerland
The Alps in Switzerland. Photo ©

narya, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

Why choose Switzerland?

Switzerland is at the geographical heart of Europe and boasts beautiful cities, as well as stunning mountains and lakes. You will also be able to take advantage of the country's superb train network and explore the rest of central Europe.

The education system in Switzerland is ranked as one of the best in Europe, according to the European Commission.

  • We have posts in both French- and German-speaking parts of the country.
  • Posts in Switzerland are ideal for candidates with teaching experience or for those who wish to enter a career in teaching. Assistants in Switzerland operate with a greater degree of independence, both in and out of school, than they do in other European countries.
  • Positions are available in upper-secondary schools (you may work in one or two schools), and we usually give priority to candidates able to demonstrate significant teaching experience.
  • You will be in post from mid-August/early September until end June/early July, depending on the school.
  • You will work around 12 hours per week.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Switzerland, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria 
  • have B1-level German and/or French
  • be aged between 20 and 35.

Where can I go?

Most posts are in German-speaking cantons (regions), with various posts in rural areas. These may include Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Basel-Stadt, Luzern, Obwalden, St. Gallen, Solothurn, Schwyz, Zug and Zürich.

Placements in larger towns (such as Basel and Zürich) cannot be guaranteed.

A number of posts are offered in the French-speaking cantons. Posts are likely to be in rural areas (Cantons Fribourg/Vaud and Jura).

Unfortunately, we cannot currently offer placements in Italian-speaking Switzerland. You should research the various areas of Switzerland thoroughly before applying.

How much will I be paid?

You will be paid a gross salary of around CHF 3,200 per month (approx. CHF 2,600 after deductions). There may be variations in salaries depending on school and region.

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 Swiss partner organisation.
  • May-June: successful applicants hear from their host school directly regarding the location and requirements of the job. The terms and conditions of employment are laid out in a contract which the school sends to the successful applicant. Usually the applicant hears before the British Council is informed. Applicants must promptly accept their post with the host school.
  • June-July: the British Council confirms the placement, after receiving confirmation from our Swiss partner that the applicant has accepted the post.
  • July-August: applicants receive useful information from both the British Council and our Swiss partner, Movetia.

Successful candidates will take up their post in August or September 2019. 

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

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited by our Swiss partners to a one-day induction course in Switzerland, usually in early September. The day will include information about living in the country and teaching tips.

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

Assistants currently working in Switzerland can apply for a consecutive year. This must be done through the British Council, so please complete the application form again including any updated information about your current year in Switzerland. A satisfactory reference from your current school(s) is required.

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

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