Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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4 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin in September and will last through May.

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September which includes basic language and intercultural competency training. Attendance at the orientation course is expected.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from students from the following fields: TEFL/applied linguistics; American literature; American studies; Folklore; Political Science; and/or graduate students interested in international education and educational advising. Previous teaching experience is highly recommended.

Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible project proposals. Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between selected candidates and designated institutions. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Some study of Hungarian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

Two grants are available for a placement in either Budapest, at one of the major universities and at the Fulbright Commission's EducationUSA Advising Center, or at a higher education institution or a high school outside of Budapest. Both placements include teaching 2 or 3 courses per week, as well as advising Hungarian students on studying in the U.S., participating in EducationUSA outreach activities and assisting the work of the American Corners in Hungary. In addition, approximately 12 hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project, if needed.

An additional two grants are available to teach at the Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary's largest private university with a student body of 8,000 young people. The university offers a complex educational program in the field of communication, business, tourism and arts.  Metropolitan is characterized by an open and pleasant atmosphere, a strong focus on performance and competition supported by cutting-edge infrastructure on solid foundations.

The university is located close to the center of the city. Modern buildings, pleasant atmosphere, up-to-the-date technologies with more than 400 computer stations, a language laboratory, a sound studio, a radio and television studio, smart boards, a multimedia library and free WiFi access on the whole area of the campus. 


Candidates residing in Hungary at the time of application and/or candidates with extensive experience of the host country are less preferred.

For policy reasons, those born and educated in Hungary, and who left the country within the last five years, will not be considered.

Country Overview

Hungary is a welcoming country with rich cultural and educational traditions. The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities with strong international connections, joint programs and many international students.

The academic year is from September to May. Semesters are typically four months in length. The second semester begins in February. Over 400 study programs in English and other languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions.

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission organizes an extensive orientation program for U.S. grantees. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs, visits and conferences. These programs offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture, different institutions, and also foster team spirit among grantees.

The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

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 Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.