Graduate TA Exchange Programs in France



Graduate TA exchange lecteurs/lectrices work 12 hours per week as teaching assistants under the direction of faculty in the English/American section of the Faculté des Langues; they receive approximately EUR 1,200 per month in wages after taxes and other deductions, including deductions for medical insurance. Responsibilities primarily include teaching oral and reading comprehension to undergraduate students (18- to 22-year-olds) in the English and Applied Languages programs at the Licence level. As part of their twelve hours, some lecteurs/lectrices may also be required to work in the library or the language lab as receptionists or to meet with students for conversation outside of class. Lecteurs/lectrices enjoy ample time to audit other courses, pursue their own research and explore the region.

All graduate students studying abroad, going on an exchange program, or doing research are required to register with UVA Student International Travel Registry: .  For more information, please read UVA's policy on student international travel: .


Lecteurs/lectrices arrive at their institutions at the beginning or middle of September for orientation; classes begin in September or October. Lecteurs/lectrices are expected to remain at their institutions during exams in May/June, and they are paid through August.

Living Arrangements

UVA students who have served as lecteurs/lectrices in the past have compiled detailed guides to help new lecteurs/lectrices find housing. In addition, whenever possible, students currently serving as lectuers/lectrices pass their apartments on to those who will be arriving for the following year.

Our Partner Institutions

Université Lumière Lyon-2:   Cultural and economic center of the Renaissance, home to the founders of cinema, capital of the Resistance, Lyon offers a wealth of museums and libraries for students of French culture of all periods.

Université Paris-12 Créteil: The capital of the Republic, Paris offers invaluable resources for students of French interested in all periods.

Aix-Marseille Université: For students interested in studying Francophone culture, Aix provides a rare resource in the form of the Archives d'Outre-Mer, which contain the archives of France's colonial history, including materials on the D.O.M.-T.O.M and on the French presence in Algeria  This exchange is currently inactive. Students with a particular interest in Aix should contact Prof. Janet Horne directly.


All UVA graduate students who will have completed at least one year of coursework (at the M.A. or Ph.D. level) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students in the Department of French, but the Department has also sent students from other departments, such as History and English. Applications include an application form, a one-page statement of purpose, a current CV, and a letter of support from a faculty member in the Department.

The Foreign Exchange Program application and recommendation forms are now available online.

"Applications for 2020-21 are due by 5pm, February 17, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of the Department's decision by March 13, 2020"