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.
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.
You can apply, except for internships in the UK, here via our database MobilityOnline. Afterwards, please upload the following documents (which can be downloaded in MobilityOnline:
- Letter of motivation
- Certificate of enrollment
- Curriculum vitae (if possible in Europass format)
- Confirmation of Training Placement (to be filled out by the company)
- ECTS certificate or recognition in the case of voluntary internships
Please apply for Erasmus funding for internships in the UK via our 'Internships in the UK' website.
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.