Become a foreign language assistant in France !

Would you like to have a work experience in France?
Would you like to improve your level of French and your knowledge of France?
Meet new people?
Share your culture and language with French people?
Would you like to contribute to the development of exchanges between students and teachers?
Do you want to have an impact on life in a French classroom?

Become a foreign language assistant in France!

The recruitment campaign is now open for the Teaching Assistants Programme in France (TAPIF) 2021-2022. For detailed information please go to

Applying from Jamaica or the Bahamas

All candidates from Jamaica and the Bahamas are invited to complete the SINGLE APPLICATION FORM and to return it to the recruiter for your country at:

1) Use the latest version of Adobe Reader DC;
2) Do not complete the application file directly on a web browser like Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari;
3) Download the file to your computer and save it on your computer FIRST;
4) With the latest updated version of ADOBE one can answer all questions;
5) After finishing, save a copy before sending it to the teacher for the fiche appréciation;
6) Some teachers might want to submit the file directly to the coordinator after completing the fiche appréciation, rather than returning it to the student.

PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY the ONE SINGLE ELECTRONIC FILE you have downloaded WITH the relevant attachments uploaded to it, and NOT several documents.


The application form has 5 sections.
A. État civil
B. Profil spécifique
C. Profil
D. Lettre de motivation
E. Pièces justificatives à fournir

  1. Complete all sections of the file.
  2. Submit your fully completed file to the teacher who will complete the fiche appréciation and sign it.* All support documentation should also be submitted online along with your application form.
  3. Then sign the different parts of your file to make it valid.

* Once your teacher has signed the fiche appréciation, you will no longer be able to modify the content of your document.

Submission of documentation

Your file must be sent to the person in charge of recruitment for your country, Mme Rona BARNETT-PASSARD ( by 11 December 2020.

Incomplete files will not be considered, and the candidate will be deemed ineligible for recruitment.

Support documents you will need

1. A cover letter;
2. A photocopy of your passport, valid up to December 2022 (photo page, with passport number and signature of candidate);
3. Proof of registration for the academic year 2021-2022 from the relevant tertiary or private institution (eg. UWI, Shortwood, The Alliance Française) or
4. A certified copy of the most recent transcript or diploma obtained;
5. A copy of your degree if undergraduate studies have been completed;
6. Proof that candidates who are married or have children will be free to travel and reside in France for the relevant period;
7. A recommendation letter from a teacher, attesting to your proficiency in French.


Short-listed applicants will be advised of the dates and times for their interviews, which will take place before a panel of judges, at the French Embassy, during the month of January 2021, and will be conducted in both French and English. These arrangements may change this year, due to COVID-19.

Eligibility criteria

The foreign language assistant programme is open to all candidates who:

  • are nationals of /enrolled students in the country where the application is being made;
  • are native speakers of the language to be taught in France – English in the case of Jamaica and the Bahamas;
  • have completed their secondary education and are enrolled in higher education in the country from which they are applying;
  • are aged between 20 and 35 years old (for Jamaica and the Bahamas) at the point of their arrival in France. The age range agreed between the partner countries is in line with the programme’s general objectives and the assistant’s specific profile;
  • are enrolled in and attending a university at the time of application or are recent graduates. Students from the Alliance Française, and similar private institutions, will also be considered;
  • have successfully completed studies equivalent to the 2nd year (L2) of the French Licence (bachelor’s degree) at the point of their arrival in France (depending on country);
  • possess a good knowledge of the French language (B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Departure and Visas

Successful applicants will need to take up their assignments in France starting October 1, 2021 and will need to apply for a long-stay French visa.

► Jamaican applicants will obtain their visas from the Consulate of France in Washington, USA (;

►Bahamian applicants will obtain their visas from the Embassy of France in Miami, USA (


Candidates will be paid monthly (about 770 à 785€ net) for teaching English in France but will be expected to support themselves financially during the first month or two of their stay in France. To this end, they should be prepared to travel with approximately € 1000.00 - 1500.00, to tide them over until all the necessary paperwork has been submitted and the first monthly salary can be processed.

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your applications!

This time abroad will prove to be a wonderful opportunity. Embrace it!

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