"Our French assistant is remarkable! Her flexibility, open-mindedness, and very warm personality are especially well-suited to working in our school." -International Montessori School of North Carolina
"Our assistant is professional, inquisitive, caring, flexible, proactive, and a very fast learner." -Washington International School
Host a French Teaching Assistant and add a unique dimension to your school’s French program!
The French Teaching Assistant Program offers U.S. schools and universities the opportunity to welcome young French educators to serve as teaching assistants in their classrooms.
French TAs lead conversation groups, attend language laboratories, research and create class materials, coordinate extra-curricular activities on campus, and appear as guest speakers in cultural courses. They help students connect to the language and culture of France and the Francophone world in a relevant way, while contributing to the creation of a multicultural atmosphere on campus.
French assistants work in K-12 schools and universities all across the United States.
The Embassy program has placed French TAs in the following locations for the 2013-2014 school year: Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
View the French TA program flyer.
Logistics and Cost
Assistants at the K-12 level are sponsored for visas in the "J-1 Intern" category and work 32 hours per week. Under this framework, the host school is responsible for providing:
• Room and board in a host family (some schools ask two families to host in order to split the responsibility over two semesters)
• Health insurance ($75 per month, arranged through the visa sponsor agency)
• A $300 per month minimum stipend
• A one-time $1,600 maximum administrative fee for visa sponsorship services
Teaching assistants pay for their own plane tickets to and from France as well as visa application fees at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
The total cost of hosting a French TA at the K-12 level depends on the length of time the school wishes to host the assistant. For a standard 10-month assistantship, the total cost is $5,350 + room and board.
Assistants at the university level are sponsored for visas in the "J-1 Non-Degree Student" category and work 20 hours per week. Under this framework, the host school provides:
• Room and board
• Health insurance
• A tuition and fees waiver for 2 courses per semester
• A monthly stipend of $400-$600 (adjusted for local cost of living)
• A $750 administrative fee for visa sponsorship services
K-12 and university-level teaching assistants pay for their own plane tickets to and from France as well as visa application fees at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Recruitment and Selection
French assistants are recruited through the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP), an agency of the French Ministry of National Education. Host institutions are provided with candidate files in the spring and may then conduct phone or Skype interviews directly with candidates . Host schools select their desired candidate(s) and then proceed to the application process for visa sponsorship. Host institutions are welcome to tailor the program to meet their specific needs so long as the assistant's job duties remain within the J-1 visa framework.
Host School Eligibility Requirements
Host schools at the elementary and secondary levels must meet certain K-12 Host School Eligibility Requirements for visa sponsorship. Please review this document to make sure your school is eligible before proceeding.
Become a Host Institution
If your school or university would like to host a French TA, please send us an email!
If you are a French student interested in becoming a teaching assistant in the U.S., please visit the CIEP's site for potential applicants.
Read testimonials from former French TAs in the U.S.!
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