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British Council’s English Language Assistants (ELA) programme 2022/2023 – United Kingdom

Application Deadline: Tuesday 1 February 2022, 13.00 GMT.

Established in 1905, the British Council’s English Language Assistants (ELA) programme is a major UK mobility initiative that offers paid teaching placements abroad, providing the perfect opportunity to travel, teach and gain invaluable experiences along the way. 


The English Language Assistant (ELA) programme is a UK-funded programme intended to support the mobility of people from the UK to destinations overseas.

As such, applications received from eligible candidates will be prioritised for placement in the following order:

  1. Candidates undertaking a compulsory period abroad as part of their studies in the UK
  2. Other UK-based candidates seeking a professional opportunity overseas
  3. Candidates currently resident in their country of application

In recent years, we’ve been able to allocate placements to the majority of successful candidates. 

Eligibility criteria

All candidates must meet our eligibility criteria which are designed to ensure that applicants are suitable for the role and equipped to deal with the demands – as well the potential challenges of living and working abroad.

Eligibility criteria for the English Language Assistants programme vary depending on where you want to teach. Please read these eligibility criteria carefully before submitting an application.

To be eligible to apply, you must meet all of the following criteria.

Candidates must:

  1. Be highly proficient in English
  2. Be aged 18 and over at the time of applying
  3. Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years within the last 10 years
  4. Hold the minimum academic qualifications
  5. Meet the language requirements
  6. Have the right to live and work in the destinations to which you are applying
  7. Pass a criminal record check
  8. Be able to complete the full period of your post 
  9. Have not previously taken part in the programme on more than three occasions
  10. Meet the destination-specific eligibility requirements

Applications for the English Language Assistants programme 2022-23 academic year are now open.

Before starting your application, please make sure that you read through all of the programme information carefully, including the updated eligibility criteria and our frequently asked questions. When you’re ready to apply, head over to the how to apply page where you’ll be able to access the online application form.

Key dates

  • The deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday 1 February 2022, 13.00 GMT.
  • Your nominated referee will then be required to complete their reference submission before 8 February 2022,13.00 GMT.

For More Information: British Council Teach abroad as an English Language Assistant



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