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FLTA Policies & Procedures

The FLTAs must comply with federal J visa regulations and FLTA Program policies and reporting requirements. This section outlines only those policies and requirements which affect you and your work with the FLTA. This is not an exhaustive list of policies and procedures.

  1. FLTAs must engage in teaching responsibilities (including preparation) for no more than 20 hours per week. They must teach the language for which they received the grant. Violating visa regulations around working hours will put the FLTA’s J-1 visa status and FLTA Program at risk.

  2. The FLTA must enroll in a full-time course of study during the academic year. This means at least two courses per semester (or one per quarter or trimester). The courses must last the full academic term and must be in-person.

  3. Courses must be academic in nature and must relate to the FLTA’s professional development as a language teacher. FLTAs must also take at least one American Studies course during the academic year. FLTAs may not take courses that are elective in nature, unrelated to their professional development, or do not allow them to engage with U.S. students. Examples of unacceptable courses include, but are not limited to, physical education, studio art, performance, online courses, and practicum courses.

  4. The FLTA must submit an Initial Report Form within 15 days of the start of the academic term and a Mid-Term Report Form within 15 days of each subsequent term. These forms certify that the FLTA is enrolled in the required number of courses.

  5. The FLTA must maintain satisfactory academic progress. In general, this is defined as a GPA of 3.0 or higher, though your institution’s requirements may be different. If you learn that your FLTA may be struggling academically, notify the appropriate IIE advisor and connect them with academic assistance.

  6. The FLTA must receive your written approval from their direct supervisor before traveling domestically or abroad.