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Erasmus Language Assistants

Internship as a language assistant in a school

Most schools are keen to recruit language assistants in English, but German, French and Spanish are also in demand. In addition to the language as a school subject, it may well happen that you should / can also teach other subjects (often history, geography, economics, science, ...) in this language. Often, schools offer a room for a workgroup in their native language. In general, the assistants are allowed a lot of freedom to personalize their stay.

Working hours at school are between 10 and 20 hours a week. Accommodation is often provided by the school itself, also sub-rent with teachers are not rare.

Who is eligible?

This option is especially interesting for future teachers, but of course also students of other departments who would like to get to know the teaching profession more closely. At least 4 semesters must be completed before the internship can be started and funded.

How long can I stay?

Positions as language assistants usually last one semester or one school year. The minimum duration for funding is 2 months (60 days), with a maximum of 12 months. Each study cycle (Bachelor, Master, PhD) can be funded by the Erasmus + program for a maximum of 12 months. So if you already completed a study visit of 5 months in your current cycle, you have 7 months left for an internship or a language assistant internship.

Funding amount

Whether your internship as a language assistant will be remunerated depends on the school, but in principle you should not expect any payment. However, you can apply for funding through the Erasmus + program, which is independent of the school's compensation for the internship.

The financial support from the program Erasmus + is based on the cost of living in the host country. For the program year 2019/21 the groups are::

  • Group 1: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  • Group 2: Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus.
  • Group 3: Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slowenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary.

During the program year 2019/21 the University of Bremen supports ERASMUS internships with these grants:

Group 1: 555 Euro
Group 2: 495 Euro
Group 3: 435 Euro



You apply for an internship as a so-called Teaching Assistant on your own. You can apply at any school in the EU (as well as the partner countries Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein). A list of schools that are explicitly searching for language assistants can be found here. Even if the periods are out of date, you can generally assume that at least one language assistant will be recruited every year. Moreover, the indicated periods are often negotiable with the schools.

Applications for an Erasmus scholarship are made in writing to the International Office (IO). Please download the application to your computer and fill them in using the computer.

Closing date for applications

Applications for sponsorship of an Erasmus internship abroad should be submitted to the International Office one month before the start of the internship.


Office hours in the advisory and counseling office of the International Office:

VWG Building, Room 0580
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Since our advisory and counseling office is closed temporarily due to the current situation, you can reach us during our office hours alternatively online (via Zoom).  For data protection reasons, only one person at a time can be in consultation. Please be patient if you have to wait a bit.


Mathias Bücken
Fon.: +49 421 218-60374
Email: auslandspraktikaprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Blog "Praxisschock"

Reports from internships abroad

On our blog 'Praxisschock' you will find the final reports of interns. In this way, you can experience first-hand how the adventure of an internship abroad is going for your fellow students - and maybe you'll feel like throwing yourself into the adventure yourself!