Francoise McKee, Christine Odro, Janet Wilson-Sharp
• This is a job application
• Flexibility, maturity, adaptability and confidence
• Current difficult economic situation in Europe has
rendered process more competitive
• Undergraduates have priority over graduates
• China: only graduates and final year students can
• Italy: closed to graduates and final year students
• Be a native-level English speaker
• Meet the host country’s requirements
• Have completed secondary education and 2
years higher education in the UK
• Have the requisite language skills, except in
• Hold a UK or EU passport
• Find out is involved? assistantships
Why do you want to be an assistant?
What experience/skills can you offer?
What character traits make you a good candidate?
• Research & Sources of Information
British Council website:
• Make an informed decision
“Where can I go” pages on British Council website
This is essential!
• Don’t limit yourself
• Consider the costs
Erasmus - mainland Europe
Germany: north is over-subscribed, the southern regions which
have fewer cities are less popular than the north.
Austria: more availability than Germany; a lot of students ask to
stay on in Austria because they’re having such a great time!
Italy: very over-subscribed, there might be a waiting list
• The more flexible you are about choices, the more
chance you have of getting placed.
• Region choices
Tick either three boxes or “No area preference”
Remember the choices are for administrative areas rather than cities
Barcelona: Catalan speakers only.
Paris: do not apply to this area unless you already have
• Age group
What age group do you want to teach? Why?
Does your preferred location offer that opportunity?
Make sure this fits in with your preferred region
• If you have particular requests state them on the form,
these will be taken into account as far as possible.
• Offers of accommodation:
The name and address of the person offering accommodation
must be included in the application.
• Medical conditions or disabilities:
Discuss your plans with your doctor and/or the DDSS before
submitting the application.
It is not possible to guarantee a placement near a hospital or at
a school which can offer additional support.
Local doctors might decide to run their own tests before
• Registration online at
• Printable application and supporting documents
• Academic Reference
• Presentation and grammar!
Check your spelling
Clarity of expression is important
• Email address
Consider first impressions: do you want your future employer
to see it as it is?
Submitting the forms
• The deadline is: Friday 16th of November
It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are
returned to the Erasmus Team by the deadline.
The British Council will not process an application if
documents are missing.
• Submit 3 sets of forms
See information sheet for instructions
• Each set must have an original signature
• China: apply direct to British Council by 3rd December
• Who will be asked to attend?
All applicants for Switzerland, Canada, China and Latin
Applicants whose forms have raised queries – telephone
• It is a job interview, so prepare!
• Assessment days are not optional:
Failure to attend may lead to rejection
In case of illness/bereavement, etc, applicants must notify
the Council as early as possible.
• You should find out in April whether the British
Council has approved your application
• Matching meetings between March and May
• From May onwards, you will find out whether you
have been allocated a post (may find out area) or
whether you are on a waiting list
• You may find out about your school(s) allocation as
late as August
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