UCETAM Language Assistant Program in Madrid: Overview and Application Process


UCETAM: “Cooperative Union of Teaching and Associated Work in Madrid”

UCETAM (Unión de Cooperativas de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid) is another Spain teaching program for Americans. According to their website, UCETAM:

“…is an independent organization that was created in 1985 and now comprises 104 teaching cooperatives, Labor Societies, Foundations and Associations, which are arranged in a legal manner and joint ventures with Social Economy companies.”

As you can see, UCETAM as an organization entails much more than just the English Language Assistant program. In any case, they dedicate a whole section of their website to the language assistant program, so if you have your heart set on teaching and living in Madrid, it’s worth checking out UCETAM’s program.

Components to the Application:
Out of all the applications I filled out to teach in Spain (Auxiliares program, BEDA, Meddeas, and UCETAM), the UCETAM application is the most extensive and requires applicants to complete a document consisting of 21 short answer questions and 1 essay of 250 words. While the application process is simple, it was the most time-consuming out of all the other programs’ applications. Here are the components to the application:

  • Completed Application (personal information, 21 short answer questions, and 1 short essay)
  • An official letter of recommendation
  • A CV/Resume
  • English Language Assistant Profile (school preference, scholarship preference [18 hours or 26 hours], teaching experience, etc.)

2017-2018 Year Application Timeline:
– Application Opened: January 13th, 2017
– Application Closed: February 15th, 2017
– E-mail notification that they received my application: January 26th, 2017
– Notification of selection for an interview: March 26th, 2017
– Skype interview: April 5th, 2017
– Notification of acceptance*: April 18th, 2017

* Once you receive an acceptance email, you have about two days to decline or accept the offer. Unlike BEDA and Meddeas, however, there is no fee required in order to hold your spot in the program. You will receive some documents to review and sign, which contain information such as the name of your school, the types of classes you will teach, how many hours you will work, the name of the contact person at your school, etc.

Program Details:
September 15th to June. There is an orientation in Madrid in September.
Location: Madrid and small towns bordering Madrid (such as Buitrago de Lozoya, Escorial, and Guadarrama)
Type of work: Serve as a language assistant in the classroom
Types of schools: Preschool, primary, and secondary schools
Stipend: 1,000 – 1,400 euros/month
Hours/week: 18 hours (+ 17 hours of weekly prep) or 26 hours (+25 hours of weekly prep)
Other benefits: Free health insurance, paid school holidays, free lunches, documentation to apply for student visa or renew NIE
Option to renew? Yes, but only once. You can work up to 2 years with UCETAM.

In addition to the various traits listed on their website that candidates should have (being positive, dynamic, punctual, adaptable, etc.), candidates should also meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject prior to the program start date
  • Be a Native English speaker
  • Prove that you have no criminal record
  • Be eligible to apply for a passport and a student visa in your country of origin

UCETAM also provides a list of recommendations for applicants, which could bolster your application:

  • Hold a degree in education or bilingual education
  • Have prior teaching experience in Spain and/or other countries
  • Have experience working with children of different ages.
  • Have knowledge of the Spanish language

Finally, UCETAM notes that there is no age limit to participate in the program.

If you want to live in or around Madrid and teach English to children, this might be a good program for you to consider! Learn more by visiting their website. Good luck!


11 thoughts on “UCETAM Language Assistant Program in Madrid: Overview and Application Process

  1. Hi Laura! I also applied to this program. I was wondering if you’d like to keep in touch regarding program info, acceptance etc. I’m trying to be patient, but I’m starting to feel a little anxious about the radio silence from the program. Let me know if you’re interested. 🙂


    • Hi Steph! Sure, I’ll keep you in the loop. I heard back from them a couple weeks after I sent in my application in January. But all they said was basically “thanks for your application and we’ll be in touch for a Skype interview in March/April if you’re qualified.” Still haven’t heard anything from them after that e-mail though, so I’m not sure if I passed the first round or not. Let’s keep in touch, though!


  2. Hey! Have either of you received a final email of acceptance? I had a Skype interview on April 5th as well. It’s the 25th of April now and I’m getting super nervous about receiving a final confirmation email! eeek!


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