Established in 1905, the British Council’s English Language Assistants (ELA) programme is a major UK mobility initiative that offers paid teaching placements abroad, providing the perfect opportunity to travel, teach and gain invaluable experiences along the way. 

Every year we send around 2,500 English Language Assistants from the UK to support the teaching of English in 14 destinations around the world.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year

Applications for the English Language Assistants programme 2022-23 academic year are now open.

Before starting your application, please make sure that you read through all of the programme information carefully, including the updated eligibility criteria and our frequently asked questions. When you're ready to apply, head over to the how to apply page where you'll be able to access the online application form.

Key dates

  • The deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday 1 February 2022, 13.00 GMT.
  • Your nominated referee will then be required to complete their reference submission before 8 February 2022,13.00 GMT.

Early applications are encouraged as we're unable to accommodate any extensions to the deadlines.

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