Dear All, Ever since I got selected for the program, I have got a lot of requests from my friends regarding the program and the process. Some of my students too, wanted to know more about the program and how they can be a part of it. While there are numerous blogs for the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France in USA), there are surprisingly no blogs on the program from any Indian English assistant. So here I am, making an attempt to explain you the process along with all the necessary details. First things First:
- Necessary conditions to participate in the program.
- You must be an Indian national
- You must not have participated in this program in the past
- You must be less than 30 years old at the time of your application.
- You must hold the IELTS certificate from the British Council with a band of 7.5 and above (with each passing year the program is becoming highly competitive so this band too might get revised with time)
- You must justify a B1 level of the Alliance Française or a B.A. in French from an Indian University (Although the exact B1 score has not been mentioned in the requirements, it’s always good to have a distinction)
- As a part of your application submission, you’d be required to draft a 500-words Lettre de motivation too. It’s the most important part of your application, so make sure you do it nicely. It’s basically a Statement of Purpose where you explain– About yourself, your expectations from the program and Why you should be chosen.Here’s how to write a statement of purpose.
Documents Required: (at the time application submission)
- I’ve had a tough time with my birth certificate. So make sure you have a birth certificate with your name on it, at the time of application submission. In case you don’t have one, you can apply for the same well on time. In a situation where you applied for the birth certificate but didn’t receive it at the time of your file submission, you can attach an application mentioning your “Birth Certificate Application Number” given to you by your Birth Certificate Issuing authority.
- It’ll be good to have recommendations from your professors. I asked for recommendations from my college professors pertaining to my work in the field of theatre. It always gives weight to your dossier.
- You should have your degrees and other certificates in place. Attach the photocopies of everything great that you’ve done along with your application. I had done some French Plays at AF Delhi so I asked the authorities for attestations of my work too.
What to expect from the program
- As an English Assistant in France you will get to choose between a Primary School or a Secondary School for teaching. You may put your preference on the form but you won’t necessarily bet getting the school of your choice. Same goes for the city, you’re asked to fill-up your preference in terms of the region in France but the selection is pretty random so don’t rely on that (fill your preference anyway!) 😀
- As an English Assistant you’d be required to teach 2 hours/day (the coolest thing ever!) for four to five days a week depending upon the working days of your school. As a part of your engagement, you’d be responsible for conducting conversation classes for the students.
- You get a lot of time to travel around for you’re issued a Free long-stay Schengen Visa. That’s the only thing that the French Embassy in India offers in terms of aide to the participants. The Air-Fare and Accommodation is not sponsored by the Embassy. You might however have a chance to get a free/inexpensive accommodation offered by your school (in case they have one). A lot of assistant that went in the previous years managed to find accommodations at a pretty nominal price.
- You also stand a chance to enroll yourself for a French course during your stay (this again, is not sponsored but you can do it to improve your French).
- You can also earn some extra bucks by taking home tutions.
You may visit Campus France (India) Website for more details about the program. Or you may also download this pdf. You may take a look at the Applications here: Application 1 Application 2 Should you have any queries, you may write-back to me with your specific questions. 🙂 Wish you Luck!
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Thanks for such a nice post! As soon as I start writing, I find myself clueless. And I didnt find the link of your SOP in the above blog.
Thanks for your kind words. 🙂
Please check-out the blog post called ” Writing the statement of purpose”. You’ll find the SOP there. 😉
I loved your blog, and yes thank you for sharing your experience with everyone. I am planning to apply for the program which starts in October,2016.
I have small query which I thought you might be able to answer.So, here it goes : I have already completed B2 level french from AF, but unfortunately have not taken the DELF Exam for B1 or B2 till date. The next exam is on 8th December and the deadline is 2nd December. Do you think if I provide them with the DELF B2 result at a later date(i.e when the Ministry issues it) it will be acceptable. I have heard a few people tell me that its possible to do so. But again if you know anything about it, it will be great.
Hi Priyanka, I plan to apply for the program this year and I had this query. I am pursuing a distance learning course from Symbiosis and I have already completed my masters this year in June. Since showing the student status is important I was wondering if the proof of being enrolled for a distance course count? The course happens to be UGC recognised.
thanks! also your blog is really helpful. there really isn’t any blog from Indians and this turned out to be so beneficial 🙂 looking forward to more updates from you!
Hi Anupa, they keep changing rules every year. Normally all you require is something that shows a student status at the time when you applied for the prog. Do one thing, contact Mr. Jatinder Singh directly as he’d be able to guide you the best way. Google up for the current contact number.
Hi. The info. provided by you is very helpful. Thank you very much. I’m planning to apply for this program for the academic year 2018-19. So I think for this academic year, the registration would start this year hopefully by October 2017. Isn’t it?
I also tried contacting Mr. Jatinder Singh, unfortunately, there was no response from his end. I’ll contact him again. But just for more information and to know your experience, would you mind if I contact you?
Hello ! I’ve been selected to go in September this year, to Versailles. It’d be great if you could tell me anything about how to get the accommodation.
Please write first to your school (if you haven’t yet). Explain them your situation. Versailles is an expensive city and it’s outside Paris (more than an hour from Paris by train). Get in touch with your prof ref, and ask him/her to help.
Also check see websites like CROUS, LEBONCOIN, APPARTAGER, etc. to look for an appartment. But be very carfeul of scams, do not respond to an offer that appears too good to be true! No advance payment unless it’s a government thing.
Also, try to check with your school if they could set your time table in a way that you work 6 hours each day for two days (that is totally do-able!). That way, you can find a place to live in Paris and travel to Versailles only twice a week. Try !Good luck!
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