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Foreign Language Assistantships

Prospective teachers - and also students of other courses of study depending on the host country – have access to positions as foreign language assistants offered by education authorities abroad. This involves a six- to eleven-month-long foreign language assistantship (depending on the country) teaching German in schools, for which you will receive appropriate remuneration. Applicants must have completed (Europe) four semesters of study (except France: 2 semesters) by the time you start the job. Applicants applying to Norway must have studied German (education degree or German as a foreign/second language).

Australia and New Zealand require applicants to possess a Master of Education (proof of degree is required when starting the job) and English as an examination subject. The USA and Canada require applicants to have studied for a minimum of six semesters.

You can apply if you are: 

  • a student of Education (Bachelor students intending to take a Master of Education degree are given equal status to students of Education) or a graduate with your 1st or 2nd State Examinations in Education whose major or specialism is in the language of the target country.
  • a student or graduate of a different course program whose major or specialism is in the target country’s official language, or a student of Education or graduate with your 1st or 2nd language examinations for Education degrees in a different subject who can demonstrate proficiency (B1) in the language of the target country.

Priority will be given to applicants whose major subject is the language of the target country.

Deadline for online applications for the 2024/25 academic year:

Nov 11, 2023 - USA
Jan 6, 2024 - other countries

Application forms and instructions:

Places are available in Belgium, France, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, francophone Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Your contact person in the International Office:

Beate Teutloff

Tel.: +49 541 969-4126
Fax: +49 541 969-4495

Office: 19/E08
International Office
Neuer Graben 27
49074 Osnabrück

Consultation hours:
Phone consultation: Mon 2-3.30pm, Tue 10-12am | Online consultation: Wed 2-3.30 pm, Thu 10-12am

Detailed Information and Application Forms: