Among the program’s paperwork

For the 2015-2016 program, roughly 1,850 folks utilized for roughly 1,100 accessible positions.This isn’t to say that the applying course of is straightforward, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with French paperwork. Do not be discouraged if there are elements of the applying you don’t perceive. Ask your French instructor for assist, or ask on the dialogue web page.

Notice for these making use of from the UK: The best route is by way of the British Council Assistantship Scheme, this requires no french paperwork. It is usually value noting at the moment are entitled to an ERASMUS grant from the EU if you’re making use of by way of a UK College (and you’re of EU nationality). This grant may be value some huge cash, so it’s effectively value discovering out extra about it.

Technical particulars[edit]

The American model of the applying, which is generally in French however has some directions particular to American assistants, is obtainable on the French tradition website.

The file is in Microsoft Phrase format, and it’s doable to fill out nearly the complete kind in your laptop. It is best to print the finished utility in A4 dimension paper if you will discover it; in any other case it is going to be shrunk to suit American paper’s dimensions.

You’ll need a passport sized ID photograph to connect to the applying. Store round a bit for these (drugstores, photograph labs, copy retailers…), as their costs are sometimes unreasonable. Search for eight or extra for lower than $10 — you will have extra pictures for paperwork earlier than and after you get to France. Do not forget that French passport photos are 35mm by 45mm, not the American 2 by 2 inches. It is okay to have an American one for the applying, however for later pictures, they need to be French sized.


On web page 10, the applying asks to your “most well-liked geographical location.” You’re allowed to specify three académies so as of desire — these academic divisions correspond with the executive areas of France. All of them are massive, and you should have no alternative to make your request extra exact. Many assistants request the Paris académie — dreaming of a glamorous life within the Marais — however are positioned in some scary Paris suburb.

It is best to search out a complete area that is perhaps attention-grabbing to you. If you happen to like mountains, choose a area close to the Pyrenees or the Alps. If you’re drawn to Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg or Switzerland along with France, choose a area near the actual border. If journey is vital to you, be sure you choose a area that’s effectively serviced by the SNCF (the railway).

One other consideration to have in mind is the scale of city/metropolis you’ll be positioned in. If you happen to’re positioned in Paris or another main metropolis you may have a prepared circle of fellow assistants. Nonetheless, you can even be positioned in a tiny village the place you are the one language assistant (which may be lonely). There are three checkboxes for specifying the scale of city/metropolis on the applying, from a rural city to massive metropolis.

Here’s a hyperlink to a well-detailed map of France.

Additionally, listed here are hyperlinks to downloadable maps of the practice community and TGV routes.

College stage[edit]

You additionally should choose what stage of faculty you want to work in. Completely different ranges of faculty have totally different contract lengths. IUFM assistants work for six months; highschool assistants for 7 months. Major assistants have two choices: a contract of seven months the place they work alongside facet a French instructor, or a contract of 9 months the place they’re anticipated to plan the teachings and lead the category by themselves.

Highschool assistants usually converse a lot much less French with their college students and far more of the language they’re instructing. If you happen to train in main faculties, you are prone to spend most of your 12-hour week talking French (which may be good apply). Some highschool assistants obtain little or no steerage from the academics. It isn’t unusual for a highschool assistant to get nothing however a key to a classroom and a schedule of after they should be there. All of it depends upon the person faculty and the academics there.


Your first acceptance letter (the lettre de présentation) solely tells you which ones académie and faculty stage you’ve got been positioned in, and it might come as late as mid-summer when you’ve got beforehand been wait-listed (as of the 2011-12 utility cycle, most acceptance e-mails appear to have gone out by late Might for candidates chosen within the first ‘spherical’ of choices). Shortly afterwards, you may obtain an arrêté (administrative order) telling you in precisely which faculties you’ve got been positioned. The arrêté can arrive as late as mid-August, so if you happen to’re nonetheless ready on it as summer season goes on, do not panic (but)! Normally the TAPIF workplace in Washington, D.C. asks that contributors who haven’t acquired arrêtés by mid-August contact them, in order that they will attempt to observe it down or no less than assist assistants decide one of the best plan of action to try to get their visas and arrive in France on time. (NB: The latest Assistant Handbook states that questions concerning the whereabouts of arrêtés will NOT be addressed earlier than mid-August, in order laborious because it is perhaps to attend, maintain off on e-mailing this system coordinator till that point. Likelihood is it IS on its approach.)

If the primary letter mentions “Toulouse,” nonetheless, do not begin on the lookout for flats in Toulouse. Every académie is known as for the most important metropolis within the area, however just a few of the assistants in every académie will truly be assigned to varsities on this ‘capital’ metropolis. It’s subsequently greatest to attend till you get your particular placement to seek for housing. Do, nonetheless, begin on the lookout for airplane tickets.

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