"In terms of language education and cultural interchange, the Fulbright FLTA Program is, without a doubt, the best program in operation at this time."
-- Dr. Janice Randle, St. Edward's University
In the upcoming academic year, more than 400 FLTAs will live, study and teach at American colleges and universities across the United States.
IIE invites your institution to join hundreds of other colleges and universities across the U.S. which are enjoying the enriching, rewarding and beneficial experience of hosting a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA).
Please note that the deadline for host institutions to apply is February 15th.
Why do FLTAs apply for Teaching Assistantships in the U.S.?
- To gain a unique teaching experience that may help them advance their careers at home
- To benefit from the enormous resources (libraries and available technology) offered by American colleges and universities to work on home country research projects
- To learn American teaching methodologies that can be implemented in their language teaching
- To experience the American way of life first-hand
- To become truly global citizens contributing to mutual understanding
- To use and improve their English language skills daily.
Who can host?
Host Institutions come in all shapes and sizes and represent the diversity of American education. Host institutions include:
- Small Private and Public Liberal arts colleges
- Large Private and Public Universities
- Community Colleges
- K-12 Public Schools.
Host Institutions are:
- Welcoming to international students and scholars
- Interested in expanding or enhancing their foreign language offerings
- Interested in providing their American students with more opportunities to learn about other cultures
- Eager to assist a student teacher assimilate into their campus and community
- Able to mentor a novice teacher and first-time visitor to the U.S.
- Happy to receive the assistance and funding associated with hosting a Fulbright FLTA
- Able to provide a tuition and fees waiver for the required two courses per semester.
- English language teachers in their home countries or training to become teachers in their home countries
- Between the ages of 21-29
- From over 45 countries worldwide
- Academically strong students
- Interested in music, art, dance, sports, and more
- Eager to experience life in the United States and share their culture
- Well-screened by Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies abroad
- Individually matched to each institution's unique requirements
- Prepared to assume responsibilities of teaching/assistant teaching in their native language.
- Demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism
- Be outgoing and dynamic individuals with a sense of humor
- Have a sincere interest in teaching their native language and culture to American students
- Demonstrate knowledge of their culture and current events in their home country
- Have leadership skills, the ability to motivate students, and the ability to relate to them in an emphatic manner
- Have a desire to meet people and become a part of the community by participating in community events and campus activities
- Be able to work creatively, be self-reliant but good team players who maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff and students
- Demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to learn
- Be enthusiastic about teaching
- Attend classes regularly and contribute in a meaningful way
- Open communication with their Supervisors and demonstrate a commitment to the Fulbright FLTA program and the mission of the host institution.
What you can expect from IIE:
An independent nonprofit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. Our mission is promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries, strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally, building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges. 18,000 men and women from 175 nations participate in Institute of International Education-administered programs each year. IIE works hand-in-hand with schools across the U.S. and the world.
Our professional staff stands ready to serve host institutions in several ways, we will:
- Match FLTAs according to host institution needs and preferences
- Respond to host institution queries in a timely and professional manner
- Handle all visa sponsorship issues and monitor FLTA records in SEVIS
- Monitor FLTA performance in collaboration with the host institution and intervene, when necessary
- Provide orientation and enrichment programs for FLTAs to ease transition and improve performance
- Clarify expectations and uncover misunderstandings
- Provide ongoing support and advice.
If you are interested in hosting a Fulbright FLTA, please follow one of the steps listed below: