Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Colombia

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80 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Colombian government's Institute for Study Abroad, ICETEX, will offer up to 80 awards for the 2019-2020 academic year in Colombia. The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Colombian higher educational institutions by establishing the presence of native speakers. At the same time, U.S. participants will gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities provided at the host institution.

The grantee will be assigned to a specific university based on the candidate's academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants for up to 30 hours per week (20 hours for lessons and class activities and 10 hours for planning). Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

Grantees are required to engage in a social/volunteer project related to their personal, career, and/or educational interests (approximately 10-15 hours per week are to be spent on this project). They should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location. 

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2019 to May 2020.  The grant period starts with an orientation seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July.  All ETA grantees are required to attend the orientation. Changes to the grant period or deferrals are not allowed.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates should anticipate serving as language teaching assistants at Higher Education Institutions. Preference is given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in working in an educational environment; degrees in TESOL, TSL, TEFL, English, Spanish, Education, or Applied Linguistics are preferred; and candidates with strong teaching experience, especially experience working with young adults.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Spanish language proficiency is required, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Placement locations vary. Host institutions include both public and private universities throughout the country; assignments are mostly to faculties that offer degree programs in foreign language teaching.

Placement is made based on host institution availability, the institution's needs, the grantee's background and skills, and interests to the extent possible.

Ineligibility

U.S. citizens holding dual U.S.-Colombian citizenship are not eligible.

Supplementary Project

Grantees are expected to engage in a social or community project related to their academic and personal interests.  Applicants should keep in mind that these activities should be flexible with respect to geographic location and local partner organizations, since the activities will depend on the placement university and city.

Applicants must know that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities and rural areas of the country may be restricted.  All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.

Country Profile

Colombia represents biodiversity, a variety of cultures and a range of geographies; it also embodies innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. It is the fourth largest country in South America and the third most populous nation in the region. In the last five years, it has established itself as one of the most rapidly growing economies in Latin America, having cemented wider and stronger ties with the international community in the economic, scientific, academic and cultural sectors. Colombia’s current priorities beyond the peace process are centered on education and equity. In education, the strengthening of the country’s research capacities and internationalization of higher education are key for development.

Colombia has a wide range of higher education institutions, with over 190 universities, 1,555 master’s programs and 277 doctoral programs. There are currently over 3,970 research groups around the country. In 2017, the Colombian government set health, society, sustainable energies, food sciences and bioeconomy as national priorities in the framework of Colombia Científica Program. This program seeks to support the consolidation of high-quality research in the national scientific innovation system and the articulation of the productive sector contributing to the improvement of competitiveness, productivity and social development.

For more information about Colombia, visit http://www.colombia.co/. In case of further questions about the Fulbright Program in Colombia, please visit the Fulbright Commission website or email Program Officer, Andrea Angulo.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.edu.co/english-teaching-assistant

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Andrea Angulo

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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.

Artist

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. 

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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.