The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Student Exchanges
Fulbright Program at U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Since 1968 the FLTA Program has aimed to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. The FLTA Program provides an opportunity for young, international teachers to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States.
IIE works with both applicants and host institutions to provide placement services for FLTA candidates. IIE also provides visa sponsorship for FLTA candidates who have already been selected by a host university (direct placements).
FLTAs are typically teaching assistants at postsecondary educational institutions. However, individuals interested in assistant teaching at K-12 schools (elementary, middle, or high schools) are also welcome to apply.
Learn more about how to apply to the IIE-sponsored FLTA
Become a Host Institution
Host Institutions wishing to host FLTAs may tailor the program to meet their unique pedagogical needs. FLTAs often teach beginning and intermediate classes or offer tutorial sessions to improve students' language acquisition. On many campuses they serve as directors of language houses or clubs, offering students uncommon access to target languages.
Applicants interested in becoming an FLTA should carefully review each aspect of the program and eligibility criteria. Outgoing and adaptable individuals who demonstrate maturity, integrity and professionalism are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
After familiarizing yourself with the FLTA Program and determining your eligibility, you may begin the application process.