How to Renew For Another Year in the Auxiliar Program

You’ve made it through your first semester as an English teacher in Spain and have survived commutes, difficult students, mistranslations, and perhaps conflicts with your co-teachers or coordinator. After all of that, and not to mention adjusting to living in a foreign country thousands of miles away from your hometown, you want to do this whole experience all over again! It might be your first or second time renewing in the same school or changing regions entirely. Maybe you’ve learned enough Spanish to muddle through the Profex manual on how to renew as an auxiliar de conversación or maybe you haven’t. They have finally updated that online application system – almost 10 years to the day when I applied back in 2014! I have lived to see that day, amazing.

Anyway, one (or more) of the above reasons is why you’ve landed on this page for updated and accurate information on how to make sure you can stay in Spain for at least another year!

Where are the types of places you could go exactly?

In my first year, I was assigned a teaching placement at a primary school in A Coruña city center. Gotta love a coastal city!
In year 2, I was in Santiago de Compostela at an enormous primary school that students from the surrounding towns attended. (This was taken in the dry summer in July 2016 at the Mercado de Abastos.)
During my third and final year, I worked at a fully bilingual primary school in Madrid just before I applied to change visas. That school was also named one of the most multinational schools in the whole city!

Important Note: If you’re renewing for another year within the Comunidad de Madrid, you will need to also renew through their portal called AuxMadrid, follow the steps there (as detailed in this PDF from the Comunidad de Madrid), and ask your school to log into it as well and request you. I never renewed for another year in Madrid because I applied to modify my student visa to a self-employment visa to start work as a translator and writer so I can’t help answer any specific questions regarding that platform.

However, I can guide you through the renewal process on Profex and share what my experiences were like from 2015 to 2017 – this part has largely stayed the same. You will find all the relevant links for the materials for the 2024-2025 school year with updated methods and tricks on how to apply for the current school year.

**Editor’s Note for 2024: In an unprecedented upgrade to their application system, Profex 2.0, the Ministry of Education had some major technical issues on the original opening date of the application. That being said, they delayed the start of the application process for this year but announced it a bit late on their TikTok account. Though it has officially been 10 years this month since I first applied, I can’t believe I am typing this and able to say that I’ve lived to see the day the Ministry revamped Profex. Some of the information in this blog post may be subject to change so please proceed with caution and always refer back to the official sources to get the final word on a topic.**

(If you are renewing within the Comunidad de Madrid, this section of the Comunidad Bilingüe’s website has instructions on how to renew for the current year. The Ministerio de Educación will post announcements and newly updated documents here so keep refreshing this page come January or February 2024 or for updates specifically related to the Comunidad de Madrid bookmark the Comunidad Bilingüe section of their website. Last year, applicants had from late January to early April to submit their renewal application. Note: If you are renewing within the Comunidad de Madrid, you must submit BOTH an application on Profex and the regional platform, AuxMadrid.)

** Important update for all American applicants: The initial application period for the 2024-2025 school year opened on February 12th, 2024 at 12:01am CET+1 and will close on April 5th, 2024. (I gathered this information thanks to a contact informing me of this from Telegram in the Auxiliar Facebook groups. You can also refer to their Telegram group for program updates throughout the year.**

For Canadian applicants, please visit this website to learn more about what your requirements are and to access the necessary contact info should you need to get in touch with someone during the process.

1. Decide where exactly you want to renew

This is one of the most important parts of your renewal application. You may foresee yourself staying at your school for a couple of years or maybe you fell in love with the first region or city you were placed in and want to find a way to stay there for as long as you can. Or you may really enjoy Spain’s diversity and want to spend a few years here, switching cities or regions each year.

I’ve met people from all walks of life and in three different cities since I did the program. I’ve been in Madrid for the longest amount of time, which is also the most sought-after region to be placed in, so the people and stories I’ve heard in the last 4 years have all been related to the big city. Each person’s story is different most stories aren’t linear but through this program, you have the power to make your experience great or make the best of a bad situation. (Especially if you get placed at a disaster or less-than-ideal type of school.)

If you are not American or Canadian and are from one of the following countries such as Bulgaria, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, Hungary, India, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore or Sweden, check out this document which shows the specific regions where applicants can apply for based on eligibility. (Not all regions of Spain are available to language assistants from specific countries, the most common ones being Cataluña and Navarra.) For updated contact info by country, see this Contact Info for Participating Countries document.

If you are from the UK (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland), you must apply to renew through the British Council, where you first applied as a potential language assistant candidate. This guide gives specific guidelines for assistants reapplying to stay in Spain. The application deadline for UK nationals is much different than the regular application through Profex and is set to end on February 1st, 2024 at 1pm GMT so hurry and get it done if you are from the UK.

An end-of-the-year party and show my school in Madrid put on every year. (Photo taken June 2017)

Your first option would be to stay at the same school (center), whether that’s a primary, secondary, trade school or Escuela de Idiomas (EOI). However, if your placement is in a town but you live in a nearby bigger city, you could switch it up and try pueblo life or vice versa. Or if you live in a city with a significantly lower cost of living (e.g: regions like Aragón, Andalucía, Castilla la Mancha, Extremadura or Galicia primarily), you could choose to live by yourself. Your second year will be different from your first year even if you stay at the same school so don’t fret over remaining at your school if that’s what you really want to do.

The second option is to renew to stay in the same Comunidad Autónoma (Autonomous Region) but be placed in a different city (and/or province). I had the unfortunate luck of being placed at two primary schools in Galicia that both wanted to have a new auxiliar each year in order to expose the students to different accents, cultures and a new person. On one hand, I understand why they want to spin the auxiliar roulette wheel and see what they get (an English or Irish auxiliar or a really chill West Coast auxiliar, etc) but on the other hand, why not allow someone to stay for two consecutive and avoid having to train a new person? This is one of those, “Ugh, why, Spain?” facepalm moments. In my case, in my second year, I ended up renewing in the same province but was given a placement in Santiago de Compostela city center (just a few minutes’ walk from the famed Cathedral). That placement later played a much greater role in my life but you can read a different post to learn more about that.

And lastly, the third and final option you have is to request a placement in a completely different region (Comunidad Autónoma). A famed former auxiliar turned ex-pat in New Zealand went from Andalucía to La Rioja. A fellow Galicia lover also went from Andalucía to Galicia. And yours truly went from Galicia to Madrid and has been here ever since. As a first-year renewal, you will have priority over every other renewal applicant so if you didn’t get your region of choice the first time around, you can secure it for your second year!

(Note: the first blogger mentioned in the above paragraph, Liz Carlson, hasn’t updated her posts related to the Auxiliar program in over 10 years so while you can get a general idea of what the different regions are like, you won’t find any recent figures on the cost of living or any new improvements or changes that have been made to each region. To see estimates on what things cost in Spain, try searching for your placement town or city on Numbeo.) I also have posts about the cost of living in Spanish cities but I will try to write and publish more in 2024.

Will you choose the rainy, tumultuous weather of Northern Spain? (Incoming storm back in Coruña 2015).
Or do the brilliant sunny days and scorching hot temperatures of Central and Southern Spain tickle your fancy?

If you spend more years in the program, you’ll get less preference from the Ministry so if you’ve been an auxiliar for a few years, apply as early as you possibly can to get a low application number (inscrita). And one final note, the Ministerio de Educación has been releasing formal charts in the past couple of years about the Number of Renewals (Número de renovaciones permitidas) in their Renewal instructions documents titled under la información sobre las condiciones de la renovación. Please refer to the photo below and confirm if your preferred region has limitations on how many times you can renew or not.

**Important note: Auxiliares who are placed in Murcia get paid in 3-month chunks and recently a lot of auxiliares in Valencia went without pay for 3-4 months. In January 2020, they went on strike to get the government’s attention. Over 1000 auxiliares in the Comunitat de València still haven’t been paid at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year and up until Christmas 2021! The auxiliares created a website and organized a protest to demand payment from the Conselleria. Most recently, assistants around Aragón have suffered from severely late payments and plan to strike.**

**Even though late payments have been going on for years, I would proceed with caution and build up your savings a ton if you want to move to either of these regions for your own sanity and personal well-being. The other option is to choose a different and more reliable region to send this message to the Spanish Ministry of Education: stop underfunding regions and pay language assistants on time, every month without fail or we’re not coming.**

Newly updated information on regional limits for renewing in the NALCAP Auxiliares de Conversación for 2022-2023
In 2020, a document was released by the Ministerio de Educación describing the conditions for renewing. See above which regions have limits in order to adjust your plans accordingly in the coming years.

2. Apply through Profex (if applicable)

If you remember from last year, the Spanish government uses this very rudimentary online interface for all the educational programs run both in and out of Spain. It’s infamously known for crashing on the first day the application re-opens but…in 2020, I heard that surprisingly it didn’t crash! Was that a sign pointing towards all the madness we were going to experience? 😬 It has every other year I’ve known about the program but maybe things are looking up? (Don’t get your hopes up about them changing websites or doing a massive upgrade to Profex itself, though.)

Open Profex

So, first things first: navigate over to the Profex website (preferably using Firefox or Internet Explorer). You’ll be directed to the page in the screenshot below:

Make sure you click on the 2020 – Auxiliares de conversación extranjeros en España /Language Assistants.

Sign in to your account

Next, after clicking on the Auxiliar de conversación link, you’ll be directed to the next page that prompts you to input your username and password from last year. This is usually your passport number and your chosen password. (If by any chance you forgot your password, you can request to change it underneath the log-in boxes that say Incidencias de acceso.)

Note: your username is normally- if you’re an American – your passport number or even driver’s license number)

Since all the information you input last year in your Curriculum section is saved and carries over to the next year, there will be no need to make any changes unless some of your contact information (like email address) or passport number has changed.

Search for the correct Auxiliar de Conversación Program you wish to apply to

Once you sign in you will see your name and contact info at the top right corner (hidden for privacy purposes) on the main page will look something like this:

The easiest way to locate the Auxiliar Program you wish to apply to is to search it in the box right next to “Texto” and click “Buscar” (search)

In the search box in the middle of the page, type “Auxiliares de conversacón” and all of the most recent school years the program has been offered will be on the list. The current year is titled 2022 Auxiliares de conversacón extranjeros en España / Language Assistant.

Choose the correct application type

As a renewal applicant, you are not going to submit a new application. Click the box on your screen (that’s circled in red above) renovación solicitud to make sure you renew and not start a new application (nueva solicitud).

On the left-hand side, you will see a list of drop-down tabs. You will want to click on Auxiliares de Conversación and as you can see in the above photo, other tabs will appear beneath it. Your next step will be to click on presentación solicitudes to load the following page on your computer.

Once you click on renovación solicitud, your application with your saved Curriculum info will open up and you will be a different series of questions compared to the questions you answered when you first applied. DO NOT click on nueva solicitud because it will rewrite you as a new applicant and since you only get one chance to apply for renewal on Profex, you don’t want to mess anything up. But, you can always email your regional coordinator (or the main office in Madrid) if you do make a mistake that can’t be fixed after submitting your application.

Answer 3 sets of questions

The first screen you will see is going to be the requirements in order to renew. It will be in a list format with boxes you will have to check and a button to click to upload the corresponding document.

This screenshot is from one of the last times I renewed in the Auxiliar Program but the process hasn’t changed much.

I. Haber ocupado una plaza de auxiliar de conversación en España durante el curso 2021-2022.

Translation: Have had a placement as an auxiliar de conversación during the current school year (2021-2022, in this case.)

Since you are a renewal, you will naturally check this box because you meet the requirements.

II. Tener la nacionalidad alemana, australiana, austriaca, belga (inglés), canadiense, estadounidense, finlandesa, francesa, holandesa, irlandesa, luxemberguesa, neozelandesa o portuguesa.
*Adjuntar en este apartado una copia escaneada de la página del pasaporte donde aparecen los datos personales y la fotografía.

Translation: Have German, Australian, Austrian, Belgian (English language), Canadian, U.S., Finnish, French, Dutch, Irish, Luxembourgish, New Zealand or Portuguese nationality.
*Attach a scanned copy of the first two pages of your passport showing your photo and personal info.

If you have citizenship in one of those countries (you are most likely American or Canadian if you’re reading this), you can still participate in the program for next year. I would advise you to check your eligibility for more years in the program if you are of another nationality.

III. Presentar carta de motivación de no más de 300 palabras.
*Adjuntar aquí el documento en el que detalle sus motivos para solicitar la renovación en este programa.

Translation: Submit a letter of motivation/intent in Spanish this time of no more than 300 words.
*Attach the document detailing your reasons for applying for renewal in this program as a file.

IV. Presentar informe del centro de trabajo.
*Adjuntar aquí una copia escaneada del informe de su centro de trabajo firmado por el director o el coordinador del programa bilingüe.

Translation: Submit the school’s (or language -EOI-school’s) evaluation of your position which is called an informe del centro.
*Attach a scanned copy of the evaluation that needs to be signed by the director or bilingual coordinator. (Some schools are adamant that only the director signs these so make sure you double-check who will need to sign the form.)

You can find the updated copy of the informe del centro here. (This becomes available to download at the end of January or early February for the upcoming school year)

Make sure the review is favorable and you get a stamp on it as well. It’s also a lot more comprehensive compared to years past so make sure you are upholding all of your auxiliar duties and at least pretending to like your job! There is an added note stating that if your coordinator or director wishes to make any changes to your performance on the evaluation form, they can do so by writing to this email address:

The next screen you are going to see is similar to the list of regional choices you saw when you applied. It’s the same exact list just added to the renewal application. If you are renewing in the same school and region, select it as your first choice and so on. If you are changing regions, select your new region of choice and two more that you would not mind going to in the event your first choice is not available.

Important note: It’s perfectly fine if you don’t upload all of your documents on this page as you fill out the application to renew for the first time. When you have everything properly filled out and signed, you can go back and upload them in the section titled, Documentos anexos, after you click on the Curriculum side tab.

Choose these very carefully and make sure your choices here match what you truly want to do next school year!

Lastly, in the final set of questions, you will be asked to answer which language you will teach, about the placement itself and whether or not you will stay in the same region or not.

Once you get to this last and final stage, you will have to answer 8 questions that will wrap up your application.

The last set will consist of answering 8 questions about the language you will teach, the placement itself and whether or not you will renew in the same region or school itself.

Here’s the list:

I. What language do you wish to teach? (English, French, Chinese, German or Portuguese)

II. Is this your first time renewing? (If this next year will be your second year, click yes. Are you a third-year? Select segunda renovación and so on.)

III. Have you previously renewed for another year in the program? If so, how many times? (Again, if it’s your first year, select once as this will be your first renewal. It’s not a big deal if you accidentally get this one wrong.)

IV. Do you want to stay at the same school/center?

V. Do you want to stay in the same Comunidad Autónoma but not necessarily the same school? (If renewing at the same school, select no.)

VII. Do you want to stay in the same Comunidad Autónoma?

VI. Asks you to write out the current name of your school or language center (EOI). (ie: CEIP Salgado Torres)

VIII. Isn’t a question but rather a text box where you can write additional notes and preferences such as age and city or anything else you’d want the Ministerio to know.

Extra note: If you and your boyfriend/girlfriend are both applying to the program for the same year (friends can also do this), this is the section of the application where you can put their full name, your relationship with them, and that you want to be placed in the same city.

I’m not sure why but when I renewed for the first time back in 2015, I waited about a month and a week to submit my renewal application!* I learned that first-year renewals got priority so I figured that I would be safe to wait a bit. I also checked in with myself and made sure I wanted to stay in the same region even though most of my friends weren’t going to stay. I recommend doing a personal evaluation of your own situation and asking yourself if you want to stay or go somewhere else.

*Don’t do this in 2022 because thanks to the popularity of the program and the Facebook groups related to it, competition for a low application number is fierce. Evaluate where you are over Christmas break, if you are happy where you live or if you want to move somewhere else, apply to renew ASAP!

The final step: submitting the application (inscribir) and waiting to get another email from this address in the next few weeks!

Last step: when you get to the final page, click on the Inscribir solicitud button. If there isn’t any missing info or unchecked boxes, you will see the phrase El proceso terminó correctamente. (Everything was processed correctly).

At the very end of the screen, you will see the option to Volver a la página anterior (return to the previous page) which will take you to a page where you can download the automatically generated PDF version of your application. Download and print this because you will have to send it off to the corresponding education office for your region.

3. Mail in your PDF application and checklist and upload documents

Santiago de Compostela really does look magical in the sun, doesn’t it? (February 2016)

This step is pretty straightforward but time-sensitive.

If you’re renewing in the same Comunidad, sign each page of your PDF print-out and send it to your regional education office. For example, if you’re renewing in the Comunidad de Galicia, you will send your letter off to the Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria located in Santiago de Compostela.

If you choose to switch regions, you will have to mail your PDF print-out to the Ministry of Education whose office is located in Madrid. It’s sometimes hard to find this exact address so I’ll put it below for you to have easy access to it.

Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional
Subdirección General de Cooperación Internacional y Promoción Exterior Educativa
Programa de Auxiliares de Conversación Extranjeros en España
Paseo del Prado, 28, 3ª planta
28014 Madrid

**Change made for the 2023-2024 application year: Print out, sign, and EMAIL a scanned copy of your PDF application to this email address: if you received your monthly stipend from the Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional. For language assistants who were paid by their regions, look at page 4 of this document for the email address you need. They are organized by region.**

4. Receive and accept your placement

Victory! You’ve got your email confirmation about your placement for next school year – woo hoo!

From years past and if memory serves correctly, once you send in your PDF application and it’s stacked with the rest of the hopeful renewal applicants, you will hear back about placements.

Just like your first year, you will be notified when your application goes from inscrita to registrada/admitida.

Someone from the office where you sent your form to looks over your application, checks to make sure the Profex one is correct and then goes into the back office (or what I assume) and changes your status. In a smaller region like Galicia, this will most likely happen in February or March. In Madrid, it should happen in March or April.

And then that lovely day when you receive an email with the subject line: adjudicación de plaza, which is your regional placement assignment! You’ll have about 3 days to accept and then you will receive your assignment letter (carta de nombramiento) not too long after that.

Note: The year I switched to Madrid, I received my regional placement around mid-May and didn’t get my carta de nombramiento until mid-July, about 10 days after the current school year ended in the city. If you are switching to Madrid or are renewing in the region, you’re going to have to sit tight and wait a bit longer during these steps.

5. Renew your student visa

Pro-tip: Renew your student visa (TIE) in Spain and not in your home country.
My last student TIE card. For some reason, I was given an expiration date of July 31st even though the programs end earlier. I don’t know if it was a glitch in the system but it worked in my favor a couple of times!

Renewing for another year in the program is quite easy when you compare it to renewing your student stay card (see above), isn’t it?

Last year you had to go to your nearest Consulate to apply for your Spanish student visa which is a real pain and requires you to gather lots of documents, pay a large fee and travel to the Consulate. When you renew your student TIE (tarjeta de identidad del extranjero) for another year in the program, you will have the option to do it from your local city’s Extranjería’s office. I highly recommend this option over getting another student visa pasted into your passport (which is actually a waste of your time*). It costs a total of ~40 EUR and you will be able to extend your stay and time “on the clock” in Spain so to speak.

You will be able to begin the renewal process 60 consecutive days before your TIE card expires or up to 90 consecutive days afterward. (This rule only applies to applicants who are renewing the same permit, in this case, the student stay TIE.)

If you are planning on being out of the country for more than 90 days (due to the large gap between the finish date and the new start date of the program), I would suggest you plan to give yourself enough time to apply for another student visa from your nearest Consulate.

If you do plan to stay or be outside of Spain for just under 90 days, renew your student TIE card here as soon as you start gathering paperwork and can turn in your completed application the minute you receive your carta de nombramiento. If you travel outside of Spain while your card is expired, you will need a permission form called an autorización de regreso. Bookmark it for this upcoming spring or summer.

If you are switching regions and wish to renew your TIE in Spain before you leave or during your free time in the summer, remember that you will have to travel or send your application off electronically to the Extranjería office in your new region to do so.

*Special note: The reason why I say getting a new student visa each year is a waste of your time is quite important. A lawyer explained to me that the student visas we get affixed to our passports act as mere permission forms to enter the country. The student TIE and renewing it in Spain are what count towards being eligible for residency permits such as the freelance/self-employed work permit. But, if you get new student visas from the Consulate each year, you are essentially restarting the clock on your time in Spain and won’t be able to switch to a different visa (and have actual residency) should the opportunity present itself in the future.

If your search brought you to this post hoping you’d find detailed info on how to apply to renew your student TIE, I’m sorry to disappoint. But never fear, you can head on over to my step-by-step guide here to learn how to do it or refresh your memory on the process.

Summertime should be about taking it easy and hanging out with friends and family – not losing your mind over these bureaucratic processes! (July 2016)

6. Contact and visit your (new) school

If you will be switching to a new school and therefore will automatically be subjected to the torture that is learning everyone’s names…congrats! This step will be more helpful for you.

However, if you will be returning to the same school, my advice to you would be to update your school coordinators or director on any changes or delays you might experience over the summer. It is possible to run into flight delays, scheduling errors and of course, our old but familiar friend, jet lag.

Anyway, my advice to you when going to a new school and needing to introduce yourself would be to put a ton of effort into your first meeting with the director, coordinator(s) and fellow teachers. I’ve always arrived at each of my city placements about 2-4 days before the first day of school. The exception was Madrid when I arrived about 2 weeks before the first day so that I could get settled into my first apartment (that later turned into a nightmare experience) and get familiar with the city.

First impressions and your level of professionalism with the new school staff are crucial so plan to go above and beyond with this first meeting.

Initiate contact towards the beginning to middle of September. Schools will most likely be in session starting the 8th or a little bit later, with shorter school days for the students. In the first and last months of the school year (September and June respectively), a lot of primary and secondary schools (not all) will only be in session from 9 am to 1 pm. This is for the schools to organize and finalize their schedules and in some regions, allow students to rest during the middle of the day when hot weather starts to flare up in some areas of Spain.

If you can, set up a time and day to visit the school and meet the staff a few days before the language assistants start (anywhere between September 25th and 30th) so that your face and impression are fresh in their minds.

After you initiate contact, the coordinator or director will most likely give you the email address of the previous auxiliar who can give you a breakdown of what the school year was like and how the English language classes are run. Each school is different but almost all of them should be ready to welcome you with open arms and will be excited to have you with them!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the summer! Try not to melt in the process, ha ha. (Calle Arenal in Madrid, June 2017)

Have you renewed as a second or third-year (or more) auxiliar de conversación? What tips or recommendations would you give potential renewals reading this article? Add your comments and stories below!

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