Visa requirements for Americans Canadians Austrialians NZers to work in France

All nationalities are welcome to come and follow our 4 week TEFL course in Toulouse to get qualified! But what about working afterwards?

If you have an EU passport (ie a British one) and want to work in France then you can come and do our TEFL course and work in France without problems. You don’t need to read the following about visas.

This page provides information  mainly for Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders who want to live and work  in France.

Young-ish Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can get a “working holiday visa” for France, so they can do our course and then teach English here for a year or more. Once you are here, it is often possible to extend your visa.

For all non- EU applicants, you should check with Campus France and your local French consulate or embassy website for the latest information, as the rules are often updated. If you do need a visa then always 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.

Working holiday visa for Canadians to work in France

For Canadians who are under 35, this visa can be extended after a a year without going back to Canada! Fantastic! Have a look at the Consulate General of France for more information about this visa.

Working holiday visa for Australians to work in France

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! See Campus France for more info.

Working holiday visa for New Zealanders to work in France

New Zealanders seem to be very welcome in France! We have had a lot of you over the years on our course. The French Embassy site has more information about this visa.

Can Americans work / teach English in France legally?

Yes- here’s how it works:

There is a whole array of Courses in France to get a student visa especially if you are available to start in September. Why not have a look to see if there is the perfect course for you?  Having a student visa means you are allowed to teach English legally while studying. In this case our July or August course would probably be perfect.
The most flexible option (but more expensive) if you want to live and work in France on a student visa and need to learn French is the following:
The Alliance Francaise in Toulouse offer French courses at beginner to upper intermediate (A1 to B1) levels , and provide TEFL Toulouse trainees with a 10% discount on their Student Visa French course. The great thing with the Alliance courses is that you can start pretty much any time of the year, so you can do OUR course at anytime and start theirs very shortly afterwards. Here is the procedure, which you should begin several months in advance:

  1. You apply for our course, and contact The Alliance Francaise  Toulouse to find out when you can start their course (asap after ours ends) and confirm your discount. We work together.
  2. Once we have accepted you, you purchase 6 months of their 4 week courses (at 450 to 500 euros each, after your discount) to get the student working visa. They will bill you for the first 3 of their courses upfront and when they receive this payment they will send you the registration certificate. You use this registration certificate to apply for a student working visa. Campus France can help you with the whole visa procedure.
  3. You pay the Alliance Française the balance for the second 3 month course when you start your course with them.
  4. Their courses will be in the mornings, and so you will be free to teach in the afternoons and evenings. The Alliance Française also offer a range of activities (cooking, wine tasting, local visits…) as well as accommodation during your French course.
  5. Once you are in France on a long term student visa, you can usually renew it without needing to go home by arranging more studies. Want more information? Just email the Alliance Francaise as above or us on

American doing a TEFL class on a tourist visa

Why not get TEFL certified here in Toulouse for your first month, enjoy France for 2 more months, and if you find somewhere you fall in love with in France you can inquire about local programs and student visa classes you can do next year?

You might also find that TEFL Toulouse class + return travel to Toulouse + 400 euros for accommodation works out much cheaper than getting TEFL qualified in the US!

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