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Teaching Assistant

Practical Timeline ▾
Practical Timeline

Fall – Winter

Candidate prepares and submits the TAPIF online application.
Applications available in October every year at tapif.org 

January 15
Application deadline 

First Two Weeks of April
Notification of selection is sent out by e-mail.

April – May
French school district (Académie) prepares assistant's work contract.
French Department of Labor begins work contract authorization process.

June – August
Académie mails work contract to assistant.
Work contract specifies assistant’s location within the Académie.
Upon receiving contract, assistant contacts school/contact person for practical information.

August – September
Assistant obtains a long-stay work visa from regional French consulate in the U.S.

Please note that work visas for assistants take between 1 and 3 weeks to be issued. Assistants must apply for their visas IN PERSON at their regional French Consulates in the United States. Assistants should plan on being in the U.S. during the entire month of August and up through late September to allow enough time to complete the necessary visa and work contract paperwork.

Mid- to late September
Assistant leaves for France only after securing his or her long-stay work visa.

October 1
Start date of contract. Assistant is expected to report to his or her school(s) and/or contact person on this date.

Assistant attends orientation session(s) organized by Académie at which time Académie provides logistical and pedagogical information.
Assistant begins teaching.

April 30
End of teaching contract.

For information about the school year calendar in each region, please visit the Ministère de l’Education Nationale’s website.