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Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassy in your home country.

Current U.S. Student

If you are a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, please visit our Fulbright U.S. Student Program site.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)


The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans' knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education. The program offers educators from over 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.

U.S. campuses enhance their teaching of languages and expose students to a true understanding of people of different nations. Like the more than 1,800 Foreign Fulbright Fellows that enter U.S. academic programs each year, Fulbright FLTAs apply to the program through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright FLTA nominees and supervise participants during their stay in the United States.

If you are a non-U.S. college graduate or young teacher interested in applying to become a Fulbright FLTA, visit Requirements and Eligibility for application information.

U.S. universities, four-year colleges and community colleges interested in hosting a Fulbright FLTA can visit the Become a Host Institution section for more information.

Please visit the FLTA Youtube channel to view videos of FLTA grantees.


FLTA Program Summary & Design
The Role of ECA and IIE

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the administrative agency for the Fulbright FLTA Program. As the administrative agency, IIE:

  • upholds the rules and regulations established for the Fulbright FLTA Program.

  • recruits colleges and universities to host FLTAs.

  • matches FLTA candidates with potential host institutions.

  • provides full administrative support to both FLTAs and host institutions during the academic year, including:

    • issuing all documentation required for FLTAs to enter the U.S. in the non-degree student category (J-1 exchange visitors).

    • monitoring records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

    • disbursing payments to those FLTAs funded directly by ECA.

    • collecting documentation and reports from participants.

    • conducting program surveys.

    • organizing orientations and enrichment activities.

    • serving as the repository of program information and resources.

    • reporting to ECA on program results.

The Role of Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies

The FLTA Program operates worldwide. It is the responsibility of U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions to:

  • recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations within their countries.

  • receive applications; screen, interview, and nominate candidates.

  • submit nominations to IIE.

  • conduct in-country pre-departure orientation programs.

  • serve as a post-program link to FLTAs upon return to their home countries.

Some Fulbright Commissions provide supplemental funding to FLTAs for round-trip travel; others assist with or arrange for the international travel of their FLTAs.


The Role of the U.S. Host Institutions

U.S. host institutions devise the FLTAs’ assistanceships in the United States. The needs of each host institution differ. Thus, each FLTA's program is tailored to the needs of the institution and qualifications of the selected TA. In general, however, the host institution appoints a Supervisor who:

  • tailors the FLTA's program to meet the department's unique needs.

  • acts as a mentor to the FLTA.

  • assists the FLTA to adjust to the U.S. and to solve any issues/problems that may arise.

  • serves as IIE's main contact.

Most host institutions also have international student advisers who assist with the administration of the FLTA Program.



The FLTA's Program
  • Will be up to 20 hours per week in various educational activities designated by the Supervisor.

  • Will include the opportunity to take two courses per semester on an audit or credit basis, that is beneficial to their teaching career, as determined in consultation with the Supervisor.

    • One course taken during the year must be in U.S. studies.


The Role of the FLTA

FLTAs spend one academic year at a U.S. college or university. They:

  • provide a youthful, up-to-date component to foreign language classes.

  • enhance the teaching by U.S. professors or teach under their supervision.

  • make studying foreign languages in the United States more meaningful and real.

  • share their culture and values outside of the classroom by joining clubs and becoming involved in the community.

  • engage in academic study that will enrich their postgraduate studies and enhance their professional development.

  • return home with a high proficiency in English.

  • can speak first-hand about the United States, its culture and its people.



FLTA Program by Country and Language

Additional languages and participating countries are added regularly. Language categories are determined by funding structure.



Less Commonly Taught Languages


Traditional Languages

Arabic Javanese Russian Finnish
Bengali Kazakh Tagalog French
Burmese Kiswahili Tajik Irish
Chinese Korean Tartar German
Dari Kyrgyz Thai Italian
Gujarati Malay Turkish Portuguese
Hausa Mongolian Uzbek Spanish
Hindi/Urdu Pashtu Vietnamese  
Indonesian Persian Wolof  
Japanese Punjabi Yoruba  






Middle East & North Africa



Africa Algeria Oman Afghanistan Mongolia
Kenya Bahrain Palestinian Territories Bangladesh Pakistan
Nigeria Egypt Qatar Burma Philippines
Senegal Iraq Saudi Arabia China South Korea
Tanzania Israel Syria India Tajikistan
  Jordan Tunisia Indonesia Thailand
  Kuwait Turkey Kazakhstan Uzbekistan
  Lebanon United Arab Emirates Malaysia Vietnam
  Libya Yemen    




Western Hemisphere

Belgium Argentina
Finland Brazil
France Canada
Germany Chile
Ireland Colombia
Italy Mexico
FLTA Program Funding

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides all FLTAs with the ASPE health benefit plan and Fulbright enrichment activities.

For all language requests, host institutions must offer tuition and fee waivers for the required two courses per semester.

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)

The U.S. Department of State provides awards to LCTL Fulbright FLTAs which may cover room, board, daily living expenses and/or round-trip international travel.  

In addition to tuition and fees waiver(s) for two courses per semester or (one per quarter), host institutions requesting assistance in a less commonly taught languages should include an award for the FLTA’s program expenses.  Acceptable awards include:

  • An in-kind contribution of free housing or meal plan, or

  • $400 - $600 per month to be used towards housing, food and other costs

When possible, maximum cost-share (i.e. a combination of the above awards) should be included in applications.


For all traditional language requests, host institutions must offer:
  • For French, German, Italian, Spanish

    • A financial award great enough to cover room, board and daily living expenses OR
    • Free room and board and a monthly stipend between $400-$600
  • For candidates from Austria, Finland and Ireland, Fulbright Commissions may offer supplemental funds; however additional consideration will be given to institutions offering maximum cost-share.

For more information on the funding for an FLTA, please contact the FLTA program Office.