Opportunities for U.S. K-12 Teachers and Schools

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges: U.S. Teachers and administrators travel abroad for up to a semester to learn new educational practices, develop authentic global content, and share their pedagogical expertise. They conduct research, visit, schools, develop leadership skills and build relationships with colleagues and students in their host communities. They return home with new curricula and best practices for their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program: This program supports K-12 Schools with developing and existing world language programs in Mandarin and Arabic to host a fully-funded native language teacher from China, Egypt, or Morocco for one full academic year. The application period generally opens in late fall and closes in January of the following year.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad--Bilateral Projects, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.

The Office of English Language Programs offers non-Fulbright exchange programs for American educators in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Opportunities for Non-U.S. Elementary and Secondary Teachers

Fulbright Teacher Exchanges: International educators come to the United States six weeks or a semester at U.S. graduate schools of education. Programs include field experiences in U.S. schools, individual and group projects, leadership development, collaboration with U.S. colleagues, and seminars or courses in all subject areas as well as media literacy, critical thinking, instructional technology, gender in education, and civic education.

The Teachers of Critical Languages (TCLP) Program brings teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco to teach Chinese and Arabic at U.S. elementary and secondary schools for an academic year.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program allows young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.

College and university teachers should visit the Information for Faculty Members and Professors page for information on post-secondary educator grants.

“I applied for the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching because I no longer wanted to be a part of the status quo… The [program] has been one of the most pivotal experiences in my life thus far.” - Jessica Stovall, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Alumna to New Zealand