English Language Assistant Italy


The rich diversity of cultural heritage, scenic beauty and state of the art modern cities makes Italy a fascinating place to spend a year.

Terms and conditions

Appointments are in secondary schools across the country. Undergraduates who have completed the second year of their degree are eligible to apply as long as they have a good level of Italian certified by a University tutor.

  • Dates of appointment: 1 October – 31 May
  • Hours: 12 per week
  • Salary: €850 approx per month (nett)
  • Age and passport requirements: the Italian Ministry of Education are normally only able to consider candidates under the age of 30 who hold an Irish passport.

The posts are not always in the same locations every year, so you should be as flexible as possible. It is helpful if you can indicate whether you prefer a post in northern or southern Italy.

We recommend you research possible destinations in Italy thoroughly before applying.


The completed applications should be returned to the International Section, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough St., Dublin 1, D01 RC96.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 09 March 2020.

We would like to remind you to carefully consider your commitment to the ELA Scheme before accepting a post, as all withdrawals will need to be duly justified.