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Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program


Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.


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Program Purpose

The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or a year. By living and working abroad, exchange teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of different educational systems and cultures. On their regurn to the U.S., they enrich their schools and communities by providing students with new perspectives about the world in which they live.


Program Description

Full-time U.S. teachers are eligible to apply for a year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. However, not all applicants are eligible for all countries. Please see the Participating Countries listing for country specific eligibility requirements. The majority of teachers exchange positions directly with international teachers and take over their teaching assignments. A few teachers go abroad for one-way assignments, if available. U.S. teachers of foreign languages typically teach English overseas, while their exchange partners teach their native languages in the United States. Special education exchanges are only offered in the United Kingdom. The terms of the award for teacher assignments vary from country to country and are described in detail in the Participating Countries section. In general, exchange teachers are granted a leave of absence with pay and benefits and use their regular salary to cover daily expenses while abroad. U.S. Teachers receive supplemental allowances as noted in the Participating Countries section. All Fulbright teachers receive transportation awards. Orientation costs, including travel to Washington and food and lodging at the orientation will be paid by the United States Department of State for the exchange teacher only. Modest supplemental health insurance coverage will be provided to teachers selected for an exchange. Accompanying dependents are not included in this coverage. However, additional coverage for the grantee or accompanying dependents may be purchased through the Department of State. International teachers are also generally paid by their home schools, and replace their U.S. counterparts at no additional cost to the hosting school. A supplemental maintenance allowance may be provided to foreign teachers from certain countries. Direct exchanges are not available during the summer.


Benefits

Transportation Award: Round-trip economy airfare, for grantee only, from airport nearest grantee's home. Other Allowances: U.S. participants in year-long exchanges will receive a $5000 maintenance allowance. U.S. participants in one semester exchanges will receive a maintenance allowance of $2500. Grantees should have available for the school year a net sum, including salary, or at least $25,000 for a single teacher and $30,000 for a family of four. Additional funds would be necessary for international vacation travel or purchase of a car while abroad. Teachers appointed to the London metropolitan area and other major cities will require additional funds. Other Benefits: Four-day pre-departure orientation workshop for grantee in Washington, D.C. Counterpart Agency: British Council, Belfast. Terms of Award The terms of the award for teacher assignments vary from country to country and are described in detail in the Participating Countries section. In general, exchange teachers are granted a leave of absence with pay and benefits and use their regular salary to cover daily expenses while abroad. International teachers are also generally paid by their home schools, and replace their U.S. counterparts at no additional cost to the hosting school. The U.S. Department of State provides supplemental maintenance allowances to teachers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, India, and Mexico to cover living expenses in the U.S. All teachers should investigate the cost of living for themselves and any accompanying family members in the proposed country of assignment. Teachers must make sure that they have sufficient funds available to support themselves while on the exchange and need to be aware of fluctuating exchange rates. U.S. teachers receive supplemental allowances as noted in the Participating Countries section. All Fulbright teachers receive transportation awards. Since all costs for dependents' travel are the participants' responsibility, teachers interested in taking their families abroad must investigate the cost of transportation for their dependents. Orientation costs, including travel to Washington and food and lodging at the orientation will be paid by the United States Department of State for the exchange teacher only. Modest supplemental health insurance coverage will be provided to teachers selected for an exchange. Please note that accompanying dependents are not included in this coverage. However, additional coverage for the grantee and/or accompanying dependents may be purchased through the United States Department of State. Passport fees are also the responsibility of the applicant. The mentor will receive a stipend of $500 per semester.


Applicant Profile

Foreign language abilities are required for some countries and not others. Foreign language abilities are required for applicants to France, Mexico, or Switzerland. For applicants applying to other countries, foreign language proficiency may not be required. Consult the country summaries for specifics.


Application Process

All teachers should investigate the cost of living for themselves and any accompanying family members in the proposed country of assignment. Teachers must make sure that they have sufficient funds available to support themselves while on the exchange and need to be aware of fluctuating exchange rates. Grantees should have available for the school year a net sum, including salary, or at least �25,000 for a single teacher and �30,000 for a family of four. Additional funds would be necessary for international vacation travel or purchase of a car while abroad. Teachers appointed to major cities will require additional funds. Housing arrangements are the private responsibility of grantees. Teachers are expected to locate suitable housing for their partner and vice-versa before going on exchange. Most teachers on programs in France, Switzerland, and the U.K. exchange housing with their partners. Consult the Fulbright site for recommendations for making housing arrangements. Since all costs for dependents' travel are the participants' responsibility, teachers interested in taking their families abroad must investigate the cost of transportation for their dependents. One-way assignments are rare but may be available depending on funding and interest by a particular country. A U.S. applicant may not apply directly for a one-way assignment. However, if you answer "Yes" to Question E in the application, you will be considered for a one-way assignment should a suitable assignment become available. In that case, you would need to take a leave of absence, or your school would need to cover your teaching assignment while you are away.


Eligibility

Elementary and high school teachers are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, currently hold a full-time teaching position with a single institution in the U.S. or one of its territories, and have been a full-time teacher for at least three years. Applicants must also meet current eligibility requirements regarding having received previous Fulbright grants. Teaching couples may apply. However, it may not be possible to arrange assignments in the same locality or to place both teachers.


Citizenship

U.S. citizens only.


Deadline

Usually in early October.


Current Year's Programs:

Although the list of participating countries may change periodically, you may only apply for countries listed in the application for the year that you apply. U.S. teachers may apply for programs during the 2013-2014 school year in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.


How To Apply

 

 

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