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French Teaching Interns

The French Teaching Internship Program offers U.S. public schools with dual language or immersion programs the opportunity to welcome young French educators to train as teaching interns in their classrooms. Teaching Interns are sometimes referred to as Teaching Assistants or TAs.

Logistics and Cost


Teaching Interns at the K-12 level are sponsored for visas in the "J-1 Intern" category and train a minimum of 32 hours per week under a designated mentor teacher. 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 ($76 per month, arranged through the visa sponsor agency)
  • A $500 per month suggested stipend ($300 per month minimum)
  • A one-time $1,690 maximum administrative fee for visa sponsorship services
  • A designated mentor teacher

Teaching Interns 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 intern. 

Recruitment and Selection

French assistants are recruited through France Éducation International, an agency of the French Ministry of National Education. Host institutions are provided with candidate files in the spring (typically in early April). It is also recommended that schools conduct phone or Skype interviews directly with candidates upon receiving the files. Host schools coordinate with the Embassy and US Visa Sponsor organization to 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 intern's training activities 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.

If you are interested in hosting a French intern through the Embassy/France Education International program, we ask that you complete the Initial Interest Form by January 31st, 2023. 

Become a Host Institution

If your school or university would like to host a French TA, please complete the initial interest form or send us an email.


If you are a French student interested in becoming a teaching intern in the U.S., please visit France Éducation International's site for potential applicants.

Read testimonials from former French TAs in the U.S.


Celina Jaffe
Educational Affairs Program Officer | French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd. NW | Washington D.C. 20007
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