Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)

Fulbright FLTA Brochure

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.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides all Fulbright FLTA grant recipients with Fulbright enrichment activities and a health benefit plan.
U.S. Host Institution Cost-Share

All colleges and universities requesting a Fulbright FLTA must provide tuition and fees waiver(s) for two courses per semester or (one per quarter). When possible, maximum cost-share (i.e. a combination of the suggested awards below) should be included in applications.
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) and LCTL Northern Europe

IIE does not exclude institutions requesting assistance in a less commonly taught language based on potential cost-share. For institutions able to offer cost-share, recommended 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

Please note: Clarification on budgetary constraints can be included in applications to host

Traditional Languages

Host institutions requesting assistance for traditional languages should also include an award for the FLTA’s program expenses. Acceptable awards include:

  • 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

Institutions interested in traditional languages, but unable to provide the required cost-share should contact flta@iie.org to discuss their constraints.


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