Each year, International Education Week (IEW) provides the opportunity to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. The U.S. government facilitates many exchange programs for both students and educators to gain vital skills, strengthen ties, and solve global challenges. As we celebrate IEW, we want to highlight opportunities for students, educators, academics, and professionals to participate in exchanges and other opportunities through the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
For U.S. Citizen Students
The provides scholarships to enable American undergraduate students of limited financial means to take advantage of a study abroad experience. Under the Gilman Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for Children of Military Families supports U.S. undergraduate students who are children of active duty military personnel to study or intern abroad.
Foreign language skills open doors in today’s interconnected world, and the U.S. government offers a diverse set of programs to teach foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Learn more about scholarship opportunities and critical language exchange programs at Languages.State.Gov.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.
For Non-U.S. Citizen Students:
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers opportunities for foreign graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to study, conduct research, and/or teach their native language for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries.
For U.S. Citizen Educators:
U.S K-12 educators can also participate in a suite of interactive (MOOCs), which include lesson plans and videos supporting teaching in a virtual environment. These programs are building a global community of educators to invigorate student learning.
U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for short-term (two to sixteen weeks) assignments abroad. This program is an English For All initiative.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American faculty members and professors at all levels to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions abroad. Short term consulting grants are also available to U.S. faculty through the Fulbright Specialist Program.
These are just a few of the exchange programs available to educators in the United States. You can find information about applying to these programs and other opportunities here.
For Non-U.S. Citizen Educators:
The American English E-Teacher Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes.
Information about these programs and other exchange programs for non-U.S. citizens can be found here.
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program offers opportunities for foreign faculty members and professors to conduct post-doctoral research and/or lecture in the U.S.
USA Study Abroad’s free webinar series “ ” supports long-term collaboration between higher education institutions around the world with those in the United States to increase and diversify American study abroad, as well as faculty exchanges for research, lecturing and partnership building.
For U.S. Colleges and Universities
The (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) provides U.S. colleges and universities up to $35,000 to create, expand, or diversify their outbound study abroad programs and/or resources. The program is accepting proposals now through February 26.
For more information about exchange programs for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, visit our website here.
About the Author: Danielle Hawkins serves in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.