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

Applications for 2016-2017 are now closed. Applications for 2017-2018 will open in late 2016


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

This program is now also open to students of other disciplines (such as teaching, commerce, medicine, engineering) who can demonstrate a competence in French but seek to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency. To apply, students must have completed at least two years of university studies at the time of appointment (ie. October 2017).

In their applications, candidates are given the opportunity to express a preferred geographical location and an educational sector.

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 university at the time of application. Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
  • 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 may request the age group that they would prefer to work with. Although every effort will be made to take these choices into account, the French authorities CANNOT guarantee that requests will be met.

Primary School - 7 months

A seven-month contract from 1 October 2017 until 30 April 2018
A 12-hour per week schedule at a maximum of three different schools
Working with children aged 8-11
The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the teacher in attendance.
Good level of French required

Secondary School (junior high school or high school)

A seven-month contract from 1 October 2017 until 30 April 2018
Working with students aged 11-18
The assistant will organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or work alongside the teacher with the whole class in attendance.

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 every 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. Thus French universities can only issue a « certificate of attendance » which may be validated by the assistant’s home university.

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 assistantship. Travel to and from France is the responsibility of the assistant. A monthly salary of around 965 Euros in metropolitan France, and of about 1250-1370 Euros in the overseas Departments (Guadeloupe,Martinique,French Guyana and La Réunion) is provided.
Accommodation is at the assistant’s expenses.
For further practical information, please visit the CIEP’S website.


Download your application form.

Applications should 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 the university transcripts and the 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 the national police check

Send to:

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

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 disqualify the candidate from applying the following year.

Candidates will be informed of the result of their applications by May/June 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:, but have a look at the FAQ first.

Dernière modification : 14/01/2016

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