The Alps in Switzerland
The Alps in Switzerland. Photo ©

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

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

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 either French or 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 who are able to demonstrate significant teaching experience.
  • You will be in post somewhere from mid August/early September to end June/early July, depending on your preference of school and region.
  • 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, be aged between 20 and 35, and have a B1 level in German and/or French.

Where can I go?

The majority of posts is offered in a variety of German-speaking cantons (regions), with various posts in rural areas. These may include Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Basel-Stadt, Obwalden, St. Gallen, Solothurn, Schwyz, Zug and Zurich.

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 between SF2,800 and 3,800 per month. This varies depending on school and region.

Will I be interviewed?

Generally, no. However, candidates who have been educated outside the UK may be assessed by telephone interview.

When will I hear back?

  • Upon appying, you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.
  • January - April: You will find out whether you have passed the initial stage of assessment.
  • April/May: You will find out whether you have been given a post or are on the waiting list.
  • May/June: You will find out the location of your post from the British Council.
  • July/August: You will hear from the host school directly regarding the location and requirements of the job.
  • August/September: You will be invited to a one-day induction course in Switzerland. The course will include information about living in the country and teaching tips.

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