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6 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
12 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

Teaching assistants – future or beginning language teachers – gain experience in language teaching methods and, at the same time, improve their own knowledge of a foreign language. They broaden their knowledge about life in Switzerland and its education system.

In partnership with Movetia, the Swiss National Agency for Exchange and Mobility and the Fulbright Program in Switzerland, offer up to six grants, which are part of the general Swiss language Assistantship program.

The ETAs will assist permanent teaching staff generally at a secondary school, such as Grammar schools, Specialist Vocational schools, or Federal Vocational Baccalaureate schools.

Applicants can apply to one of two Swiss language regions: French and German. They should indicate their language region in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Grant Length
12 Months
Grant Period
September Start

The grant length is between 10 and 12 months long. Generally beginning mid August or September 1st and ending between the end of June and early August.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant. The event is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.

There will also be an introductory seminar upon arrival in Switzerland.

Candidate Profile

1. College or University graduate holding a bachelor’s or higher degree, planning to teach English.

2. Possibly having studied German, English or French Language or Literature as a major or minor subject.

3. Applicants must be between 21 and 35 years old at the time of the September grant start date; however, the preference is for candidates 30 and younger.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Switzerland is one of the safest and wealthiest countries in the world. This makes life in Switzerland very pleasant and comfortable. There is a fantastic public transport system that runs on time and gets you almost everywhere. The health care system is one of the best in the world.

When taking the normal safety precautions, it is safe for women to go out at night and be on the streets alone.

The beautiful countryside invites to go outdoors either for hiking, swimming, camping, picknick in summer, or doing snowsports in winter.

Swiss people, especially in the German speaking part of Switzerland, might initially be a bit reserved in making contact, but that should not stop you from approaching them and aiming to make friends.

Shops are open from Monday to Saturday, from around 7.30am to 7.00pm. On Sundays all shops, except for the shops on the train stations, are closed. You will also find that on Sunday many restaurants and bars are closed. 

Switzerland does have four seasons, meaning that it can be nice and warm in summer with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius, and quite cold in winter with temperatures going down to -10 degrees. It has dry periods and periods with lots of rain.

Before arriving in Switzerland, grantees will receive an extensive information guide with practical information on their time in Switzerland. 

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
Dual citizens of this country are eligible

All grantees must travel on their U.S. passport. Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than nine months during the year prior to the beginning of the scholarship in September 2025 are not eligible.

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Novice

Depending on the Swiss language region, grantees should have German or French at A2 level. (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR). Applicants should indicate their language region in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Placement Type
  • Secondary School
  • Vocational/Technical School
Placement Locations
  • Capital City
  • Regional City
  • Rural
Supplementary Project
Not Permitted

The teaching assistant commitment is 12 hours a week (16 lessons of 45 minutes each). In addition to teaching, the grantee is expected to engage in extracurricular activities within the school and/or community, such as language clubs or other extra-curricular school-related activities, or community volunteering activities. The grantee will also engage in promoting the full extent of the Fulbright program to students and teachers within the host school and the community. The teaching, extra-curricular, and community outreach activities should make up a full-time program of 40-42 hours per week.

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
  • English language teaching preparatory course
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

3,200 monthly stipend amount in
CHF [Swiss Franc]

The exact monthly salary will depend on the area where you will be an ETA.

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

ETAs will need to organize their own Swiss health insurance, which must be valid from the day of arrival in Switzerland. To compare health insurance packages, please go to Depending on the amount of deductables, ETAs should expect to pay around CHF 250 monthly.

Room rental around CHF 500 to 700 per month.

Mobile phone plans should be possible for around CHF 50 per month.

Public Transport: We recommend that grantees buy a half fare card for all Swiss public transport upon arrival in Switzerland, saving 50% per ticket. The card is CHF 185 per year, a return ticket Zurich airport to Bern is normal price CHF 112, and with a half fare card CHF 56. Anyone under 25 years old can also buy a general transport card for free travel between 7.00pm until the next morning 5.00am. This card costs around CHF 125.

Groceries: As with everything in Switzerland, groceries are not cheap, especially meat, fish, and cheese.

Dependent financial support is NOT available

The grant stipend is for the cost of living for a single person only.

Housing Arrangements

ETAs are responsible for making their own arrangements for housing, which must be in the Swiss canton in which their host school is located, preferably close to the school.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Visa/Residency Information

Visa and work permit are required. All Fulbright ETAs must use their U.S. passport, and are subject to the Switzerland's trainee agreement with the USA. For details, see the candidate profile above. For more details, click here.

Special Application Instructions

ETAs must obtain an authorization to work as a young professional (trainee) by submitting the trainee agreement application immediately upon confirmation of placement. Applications should be submitted to Cultural Vistas, Attn: Internships Abroad, 233 Broadway, Floor, New York, NY 10279, USA. The procedure requires about 8-12 weeks and the service is payable. A visa is required. For more details, click here.

Only finalists must undergo the visa application process and only after they have been accepted by the host school.

Grant Benefits

Grant benefits include a monthly stipend of CHF 3,200 gross per month, with which grantees finance their costs of board and lodging, insurance policies, and travel, including international travel to and from Switzerland.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Gaby Bloem: