Teaching Assistant Program in France

The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

The Teaching Assistant Program in France is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program's goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing American Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.

Assistants teach 12 hours per week in up to three schools. Classes are conducted in English. Teaching assistants conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies. Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities.


CITIZENSHIP: Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Foreign nationals with a U.S. Green Card may only apply if they are citizens of one of these countries.

AGE: Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the program

EDUCATION: Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of higher (post-secondary) education by the start date of the program.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE / BACKGROUND: Candidates must be native speakers of English and must have completed the majority of their elementary, secondary, and university studies in the United States.

FRENCH LANGUAGE SKILLS: Proficiency in French is required (minimum B1 level on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Period of Study

Contracts begin on October 1 and end April 30.

Special Considerations

The selection process favors applicants who have prior experience teaching or working with children, adolescents, and/or adults


Assistants will receive a salary of €965 per month GROSS, €790 per month NET.
Due to the higher cost of living in the overseas departments, assistants in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion receive an additional salary allowance of 30% to 35%.

The stipend provides enough money to live the lifestyle of a typical French student in most regions of France (but NOT Paris due to the very high cost of living in the capital region).

No additional support is provided for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are needed for the initial period of the contract.


Applications typically become available in October on the TAPIF website.


Deadline for this program is typically during the first half of January.

Additional information and application materials are available on the TAPIF website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Teach Abroad


  • Europe

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