6 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
The English Teaching Assistant Program in Georgia is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Youth Affairs. The purpose of the program is to strengthen English language instruction at Georgian higher education institutions, especially in places where the presence of native speakers is not common and provide U.S. participants with opportunities for professional development and intensive cross-cultural interaction in their host communities. For this reason, applicants can expect to be placed in cities outside the capital. They will teach under the supervision of an experienced English instructor and will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, and reading and writing courses.
Grants will begin in September and end in June.
Grant Length: 9 months.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant, as well as an in-country orientation in September.
Well-rounded, articulate graduating seniors or recent graduates with an interest in international education and the initiative to teach conversational English at the university level will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on English, American studies, or Education, are preferred. Successful candidates will not just be teaching English, but explaining the U.S. to local citizens who have little contextual understanding of America. Previous teaching experience is not required, but is helpful. Successful candidates must be articulate, fluent English speakers and very self-directed.
The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who have extensive previous experience in Georgia, or applicants who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Knowledge of Georgian or Russian is helpful, but not required.
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
Placement varies; grantees will be working at universities, often outside of the capital, where English language instruction is needed. They will teach under the supervision of an experienced English instructor and will serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, and reading and writing courses. Grantees may also be involved with some educational advising and outreach. Grantees may also have the opportunity to assist with university internationalization efforts.
- Regional City
ETAs are typically placed at regional universities outside the capital.
Grantees are expected to engage in other activities related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests. These may include an extracurricular club for students or a project or other activity that will complement, but not conflict with, assigned teaching and advising responsibilities. Grantees may also be involved with some education advising and outreach. Applicants should include a brief description of their supplementary project in their Statement of Grant Purpose.
Host institutions are responsible for securing housing for grantees. The Post facilitates the process and supports hosts to find suitable housing based on ETAs' preference to live with a host family or alone.
A valid passport is required to enter Georgia. U.S. citizens may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa for up to 365 days.