Teaching English in France for non-EU citizens

First things first: Can I do a TEFL course as a tourist?

Of course! The vast majority of non EU trainees just come to Toulouse as tourists – they do our TEFL course and then stay in France for up to 2 more months, with no paperwork needed at all. They just come to Toulouse to study with us as if they were coming on holiday here.

Overview

This page provides information  mainly for Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders and now Brits, who want to teach English  in France.  We have done what we can to make it clear and correct, but always check with your local French consulate or embassy (this is an example – the New York one) for the latest information, as the rules are often updated.

A lot of people  teach online wherever they are in the world, teaching while they are travelling around.

If you need a visa then you must apply for it at least 2 months in advance, while still in your own country. Visas cannot be applied for once you are here in France.

Do I need a visa to do the TEFL course in Toulouse?

Almost certainly not. You can just come as a tourist and stay for up to 3 months. But bear in mind that as a tourist you can study and travel but not work here. Note that a lot of qualified teachers teach English online during their travels.

Do Brits need a visa to teach English in France now?

Yes, since January 1st 2021. If Brits want to move to France to teach English they now need to book a French course to do after our TEFL course. That way you can teach English legally for the duration of your French course. We have an agreement with the Alliance Francaise in Toulouse, and you get 15% off their Intensive French course . 

What is the procedure to get a visa with the Alliance Francaise so that I can teach English in France? And how do I teach when I am doing their French course?

We will help you with the following procedure, which is:

  1. You apply for our course, and we will contact The Alliance Francaise  Toulouse to find out when you can start theirs (asap after the course you want with us ends). They are located about one mile from TEFL Toulouse.
  2. Once we have accepted you on the TEFL course, you book 6 months of their courses. 6 months is the minimum purchase to be eligible for a visa.  They will bill you for the first 3 of their courses, send you a registration certificate showing that you are booked in for 6 months. You use the receipt to apply for a student working visa.
  3. You pay them the outstanding 3 months once you are here in person.
  4. Their courses will be in the mornings, and so you will be free to teach in the afternoons and evenings privately and on a contract. The Alliance Française also offer a range of activities (cooking, wine tasting, local visits…) as well as accommodation during your French course. Our trainees who have learnt French with them have very positive things to say about it on the whole!
  5. Any questions just email us at info@tefltoulouse.com or use the contact form in the bottom right corner of this page


Can I renew a student visa once I am in France to carry on teaching English?

Yes. Once you have booked a minimum of 6 months of French courses (see above) then you can buy more and extend your visa once you are in Toulouse.

Can Americans teach English in France legally?

Yes, and most people do it by getting qualified with us, then studying French here.  Arriving in France having purchased a French (or other) course means you have a student visa. Here is how to get one This visa allows you to teach English legally while studying. There are 3 main options, and here they are in order of cheapest to most expensive at the time of writing:

  • OPTION 1) The best priced French course in Toulouse by far is here and starts every September. So you should do one of our summer courses to get qualified first.  Annual fees are under 500 euros (yes) but the application form only appears online in January and disappears again. Contact us for more information
  • OPTION 2) There also a huge array of courses –  even some in English –  that you can book with Campus France . Most of these start in September too, and prices are around 2000 euros for the year for non EU students. So again, do our August course to get qualified first.
  • OPTION 3) Intensive French courses at the Alliance Francaise is pricier at about 500euros a month but there are start dates all year round (rather than only in September), and communication with them is much easier. Application is also much easier and you get 15% discount if you are booked on a TEFL Toulouse course. Here is the procedure, which you should begin several months in advance:
  1. You apply for our course, and we will contact The Alliance Francaise  Toulouse to find out when you can start theirs (asap after the course you want with us ends).
  2. Once we have accepted you on the TEFL course, you book 6 months of their courses. 6 months is the minimum purchase to be eligible for a visa.  They will bill you for the first 3 of their courses, send you a registration certificate showing that you are booked in for 6 months. You use the receipt to apply for a student working visa.
  3. You pay them the outstanding 3 months once you are here in person.
  4. Their courses will be in the mornings, and so you will be free to teach in the afternoons and evenings privately and on a contract. The Alliance Française also offer a range of activities (cooking, wine tasting, local visits…) as well as accommodation during your French course. Our trainees who have learnt French with them have very positive things to say about it on the whole!
  5. Once you are in France on a long term student visa, you should be able to renew it without needing to go home by arranging more studies. Want more information? Just email the Alliance Francaise as above or us on info@tefltoulouse.com.

Of course, Americans can also stay in France if they get married or “Pac-sed” (non religious marriage) to a local!


Can Americans do a TEFL class in France on a tourist visa?

Yes, and this is what most Americans do. You might find that our TEFL Toulouse course + return flight to Toulouse (very cheap from London etc) + only 450 or so euros a month for accommodation works out much cheaper than getting TEFL qualified in the US! Always research accommodation fees when looking in to TEFL courses. Some courses in London and NYC charge 2000 dollars and over for 4 weeks’ accommodation, and don’t mention this until you have already applied and paid…

Why not get TEFL certified here in Toulouse for your first month, enjoy France for 2 more months, maybe teaching informally? Wasn’t that part of your dream anyway?

Why not travel about (we can give you endless advice about where to go and where to stay) after your course , and find that perfect spot you would like to return to one day to teach English? Buses and trains are cheap in France! Jonathan the course director used to work as a tour guide for France (and Spain) for Americans, and will happily provide you with an amazing “off the beaten track” in France or Spain itinerary for the 2 months after your TEFL course!

Can Canadians teach English in France?

Yes, you can do our TEFL course and stay on and work! For Canadians who are under 35, the working holiday visa allows you to work on a contract and can be extended after a a year without going back to Canada! It seems that Canadians get it easier than anyone! Have a look at the Consulate General of France for more information about this visa.

Can Australians teach English in France?

Yes, you can do our TEFL course and stay on and work! Australians have to be under 30 to be eligible for the working holiday visa, and unlike Canadians, their visas cannot be renewed in France. But Aussies can still come for a year to study and work on a contract! See Campus France for more info or  here

Can New Zealanders teach English in France?

Yes, and you can do our TEFL course and stay on and work! New Zealanders seem to be very welcome in France and work on a contract! We have had a lot of you over the years on our course.  The French Embassy NZ website has more information about this visa.

Got more questions?

Just email us at info@tefltoulouse.com or click on “contact us” pop up box in the bottom right corner of this page!


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