Assistants in Metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2017-2018 [fr]

Applications for the 2017-2018 Language Teaching Assistant Program in Metropolitan France and its Overseas Departments are now open! This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in French culture, perfect your language skills, and gain professional experience.


This program is aimed at students who intend to become French or English language teachers, with little to no teaching experience. It is not aimed at experienced teachers.

This program is also open to students of all disciplines who can demonstrate a competence in French, and who are seeking to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency.

In their applications, candidates are given the opportunity to express their preferred geographical location and level of teaching (primary or secondary).

Positions available

About 50 positions are offered to Australian nationals.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must be Australian citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions (from 1 October 2017).
  • Candidates must have completed their secondary education and university studies in Australia.
  • Candidates must be enrolled at an Australian university at the time of application. Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
  • A minimum Level B1 in French is required (see the Cadre européen commun de références pour les langues).
  • Candidates must be native English speakers.
  • Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.
  • Candidates must submit a National Police Check no older than three months.


Candidates can request the age group that they would prefer to work with. Although every effort will be made to accommodate these requests, the French authorities CANNOT guarantee preferred placement. Please be aware that you may be placed in more than one school in your region.

Primary School

  • A seven month contract from October 1 2017 until April 30 2018.
  • A 12 hour per week schedule.
  • Working with children aged 8 to 11.
  • The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the supervising teacher with the whole class.

Secondary School (junior high school or high school)

  • A seven month contract from October 1 2017 until April 30 2018.
  • A 12 hour per week schedule.
  • Working with students aged 11 to 18.
  • The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the supervising teacher with the whole class.

Gross monthly allowance: €964.88
Net monthly allowance: around €795

Role of the Assistant

Tasks to be carried out by the assistant include:

  • Providing help in the classroom in oral and written English with small groups of students for 12 hours per week. The assistant’s timetable may be shared between two schools.
  • Providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers.
  • Making recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library.

Studying in France

Language assistants can only enroll as non-registered students in a French university due to the type and duration of their visa (D). This means the assistant is not allowed to take exams. For this reason, French universities can only issue a ’certificate of attendance’ which may be validated by the assistant’s home university in Australia.

Social security

Assistants are covered by the French Social Security system from the time they take up their position (1 October 2017) until the end of their contract as an assistant. Travel to and from France is the responsibility of the assistant. A monthly salary of around 965 Euros in Metropolitan France, and of around 1250-1370 Euros in the Overseas Departments (Martinique and La Réunion) is provided.

The assistant is responsible for finding their own accommodation, with the cost of this being at their own expense. However, the academies are very supportive and will often offer suggestions and solutions.

For further practical information, please visit the CIEP’S website.


Applications must include:

  1. 2 copies of the completed application form
  2. 2 passport photos stapled to the application forms with the candidate’s full name at the back of the picture
  3. 2 copies of university transcripts and degrees obtained (if applicable)
  4. 2 copies of the medical form (p. 9 of the application form)
  5. 2 copies of the passport ID page (the passport must be valid until December 2018)
  6. 2 copies of 2 teacher’s appraisals (pp. 7-8 of the application form) - the forms must be signed by the teachers and stamped by the university
  7. 2 copies of a National Police Check not older than three months

Download the 2017-2018 application form.

Send to:

Eleanor Harley
Embassy of France
Higher Education Office - English Language Assistants in France
6 Perth Avenue
ACT 2600

Applications must arrive at the Embassy by close of business on Monday December 12 2016.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please ensure all copies are collated and stapled together and that there are no loose sheets or photos with your application.

NB: Cancellation of an appointment, except for valid medical or family reasons (certificate required) will render the candidate ineligible for the following year’s program.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their applications in early 2017.

Once selected - what’s next

Information will be available once the selection has been made.

Please consider applying for the English language assistantship program in New Caledonia or in Wallis-and-Futuna

If you have any questions, please send an email to: Please be sure to also consult the FAQ Document.

Dernière modification : 05/10/2016

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