Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) funds Belgian citizens to spend a year as foreign language teaching assistants in French, German or Dutch in American colleges and universities. Successful candidates are placed in U.S. institutions, where they can receive housing, meals, a monthly stipend and the possibility of following a few courses at the university level in addition to their teaching duties.

INTENDED PROGRAM
  • Teaching Assistant in French, German or Dutch
APPLICATION PERIOD

September 15 till December 1 (at noon)  

IMPORTANT

Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.

BENEFITS

  • Housing, meals and monthly stipend from U.S. host institution*
  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Brussels
  • Travel stipend of $1000
  • Sickness and accident insurance
  • In-country programming (e.g. Summer Orientation)
  • Prestigious title and alumni network

*benefits provided by host institution varies per college or university

ELIGIBILITY

  • Belgian citizenship
  • Proficiency in English (demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL score of 85)
  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree
  • Recent graduates in Languages, Literature, Secondary Education, and related fields or Belgian teachers of French, Dutch or German at the upper secondary level with no more than 3 years of professional experience

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Americanized CV
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Transcripts and diploma from most recent degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded directly into online application by chosen recommenders)
  • TOEFL score report (can be submitted after application deadline)

HOW TO APPLY

The application period to apply for this grant is between September 15 and December 1 for applicants who intend to start this program in the next academic year.

E.g. if you intend to start the FLTA Program in the academic year of 2020-2021, you will need to apply for a grant between September 15 and December 1, 2019 

Every applicant needs to complete an online application by noon on December 1 including the required documents. Unlike other applicants, FLTA applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Applicants who take the TOEFL test can send the official score report to us by using the following code: B361. No papers should be mailed to our office and it is not required for applicants to contact us before starting their application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award. When creating an online account to start a new application, preferably use a personal email address instead of a temporary work or school address. More details on the FLTA Program can also be found here.

General instructions on how to complete the online application can be viewed here.

All applications are evaluated by our Selections Committee. The most competitive applicants demonstrate ambassadorial qualities and a genuine interest in cultural exchange. It is important for candidates to articulate a clear, creative, and feasible plan for their time in the United States and to explain why this is the right time to pursue their plan and how their grant will ultimately help them achieve their personal and professional goals in the future. The Commission is looking for candidates who will have a multiplier effect within their U.S., Belgian or Luxembourgish communities and who wish to ultimately return to Belgium or Luxembourg to share their knowledge and experiences after their grant has ended.

Candidates with strong completed applications submitted by the deadline will be invited to the Commission in the last week of January for a mandatory interview in English. Interviews are in person, and cannot be rescheduled. The interview will include a discussion of your motivations for going to the U.S., your plans when you arrive, and how you will improve U.S. relations between Belgium or Luxembourg as an alumni when you return. Successful candidates will demonstrate ambassadorial qualities, English proficiency, and the ability to explain their academic proposal in simple terms. The Selections Committee is composed of Belgian, Luxembourgish and American professors, professionals, government officials, and Fulbright alumni from various fields.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

HEAR FROM OUR GRANTEES

“Another way I have been involved in university life is by taking ballroom dance classes. With zero previous experience, I was a bit hesitant at first, but since this Fulbright year is all about doing new things I decided to just go for it. Now you can see me dancing tango, foxtrot and so much more for about 5 hours a week during both lessons and social dancing.”
Joke De Lille
Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2016-2017)
“Aside from this unique teaching experience, as a Fulbright FLTA I was given the opportunity to take courses at my host university. A teaching methodology class helped me learn the ropes of teaching in this new environment, and collaborating with my peers, the other new TAs in the department, taught me things about teaching that will surely impact on my classroom practice for years to come.”
Charlotte Vanhecke
Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2015-2016)
“After a few weeks of class observations and lessons in American Studies, German and pedagogy, I was asked to take over the Dutch class and to help with the creation of pedagogic material. This is how I realized how much I love teaching and how rewarding it is to see your students’ skills improve.”
Emilie Van Leemput
Fulbright FLTA to University of Minnesota (2013-2014)

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

I am a Belgian citizen living abroad. Can I apply?

As a Belgian citizen, you may apply for a Fulbright grant if you are living in any country except the United States. If you are resident in the United States, a dual U.S.-Belgium or U.S.-Luxembourg citizen, or hold a Green Card at the time of application, you are ineligible to apply.

I am a Belgian citizen currently pursuing my studies in the United States. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program?

Candidates already in the United States at the time of application and those who have resided in the U.S. for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible to apply. Moreover, please note that preference will be given to those who have not had substantial recent experience in the U.S. with “substantial recent experience” being study, research or employment for a period of aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past five years.

 

I do not have Belgian citizenship, but am currently living/studying/working there. Am I eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program?

No. Eligibility for the Fulbright Program is based on nationality, not residence.

 

As a participant in the Fulbright FLTA Program, will I be subject to the two-year home requirement after my grant?

Yes. All Fulbright grantees must travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, which requires them to return to Belgium or their country of permanent legal residency for at least two years at some point after their grant before they are allowed to return to the U.S. to live or work permanently on an H, L, K or LPR visa. More information about the two-year rule can be found here. A list of documents that fulfill the proof of legal residency requirement for each EU country can be found here.

 

When will I receive my host university placement?

University placements are determined by our colleagues at IIE, and successful candidates will receive notification of their placement in May. While they may be able to take applicant preferences into account, FLTA applicants should be aware that they may be placed at a university in a rural area or in a geographic region in which they did not express interest.

The online application has asked me to do something different to the application instructions on the website. What should I do?

The online application system is used by Fulbright Programs around the world and application procedures differ greatly from country to country. You must follow the guidelines presented by the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.

Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require me to contact them before beginning the application?

We do NOT require applicants to contact us before beginning the application. You can start your online application without contacting us beforehand.

 

Does the Fulbright Commission in Brussels require supplemental forms?

We do NOT require supplemental forms such as the letter of the home institution or official exam results. However, unlike other applicants, FLTA applicants must submit a TOEFL score.

 

Can I mail physical documents to the Fulbright Commission?

 

No. The application is completed entirely online.

When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for an interview?

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email in mid-January. Interviews will take place during the last week of January or in the first week of February.

When will I hear from the Fulbright Commission if I have been selected for the FLTA Program?

 

Successful applicants will be contacted via email in late February or early March. Successful applicants must then be officially approved by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and should receive a confirmation of their grant in mid-March.

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