The application to the program includes a section where you can list your general regional placement preferences. Due to the number of requests and limited availability in certain regions, however, we are simply unable to accommodate all applicants’ requests. Applicants are highly encouraged to keep an open mind and to list 3 school districts of preference on the application. We are usually (but not always) able to assign assistants to one of their top 3 regions of choice.
Accepted applicants receive their general regional assignment in one of the school districts in France known as “Académies” at the time of acceptance notification in early April. Each Académie then makes its own specific city and school placements.
Applicants cannot make requests for specific city or school placements.
Flexibility is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED when it comes to regional placement. This program is a “programme de mobilité” and assistants are expected to go wherever they are assigned in France. Accommodations will NOT be made for candidates with special circumstances (ex: plans to study at a particular university during the year, family or friends in a particular town, etc.). We remind candidates that it is a program designed to send assistants to ALL regions of France, and that the main focus of the program is to provide native language speakers to French students learning foreign languages, with the added benefit of giving foreigners the chance to live and work in France for a year with a stipend. We are really looking for candidates who are motivated to teach anywhere in France and who will be able to approach the teaching assistantship as their primary reason for being in France.
Program acceptance and placement decisions are done entirely by merit (and not on a “first come, first served” basis). We base our evaluations on a number of criteria including: French-language skills, teaching experience, experience working with children or young adults, experience living abroad, the level and focus of the applicant’s university studies, and general motivation. We evaluate and rank the applications, then accept the top applicants into the program. We then do Académie assignments, starting with the most qualified applicants and going down the list. The stronger your application is, the more likely it is that you will be placed in your top area of choice. A lot depends on the number of requests for a region vs. the number of positions available in that area. Some Académies are more “competitive” than others. Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Grenoble always receive many requests for a very limited number of positions. Other Académies like Amiens, Caen, Limoges, Poitiers, Reims and Rouen, are less “competitive”.