80 English Teaching Assistant Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodAugust Start
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and ICETEX, will offer up to 80 Fulbright ETA awards for the 2022-2023 academic year in Colombia. The Fulbright ETA Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Colombian tertiary education institutions by establishing the presence of native speakers. At the same time, U.S. participants benefit from the intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational and/or research opportunities provided at the host institution.
The grantee will be assigned to a specific academic institution based on the candidate's academic profile and the specific needs of the host institution. ETAs will be assigned as language-teaching 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 Colombian 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 to 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 Length: 10 months.
Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2022 to May 2023. Changes to or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. Fulbright Colombia offers grantees the opportunity to renew their grants in Colombia for a second academic year through the "Senior ETA Program". Senior ETAs receive the same benefits as they did in their first year, including round-trip airfare. Senior ETAs are assigned to a different institution, a Post-Secondary or Vocational Institution, based on the experience gained during their first year and their academic profile. Instead of the Supplementary Project, Senior ETAs act as mentors for new grantees
The grant period begins with an Orientation Seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July. Attendance of the Orientation Seminar is mandatory for all grantees.
Candidates with strong teaching experience or those who have worked with young adults are preferred. Also, candidates with undergraduate degrees in Education, English, Spanish, or Applied Linguistics are preferred, especially, those with TESOL, TSL, or TEFL degrees. Tertiary Education Institutions in Colombia that ETAs be English native speakers in order to improve both the English level and proficiency of the students, teachers, administrative staff, and the Language Teaching capacities of its English teachers and instructors. A successful experience for ETAs is deeply related to strong intercultural abilities, adaptation skills, flexibility, and a willingness to teach others.
Accepted Degree Levels
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 take place in the region where they are located.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Spanish language proficiency is required, not only for the development of the proposed grant activities but also in order to more easily settle in and communicate on a daily basis. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of their application and the commencement of the grant with the Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college-level Spanish language instructor is also required.
Fulbright Colombia provides information to grantees about housing options but does not make any arrangements. It is the grantee's responsibility to secure housing in Colombia.
It is highly encouraged that grantees contact the International Relations Office at their host institution whom are accustomed to receiving foreign students, therefore, may resources for housing in different cities.
Placement locations vary. Host institutions include both public and private tertiary education institutions throughout the country, many of which offer teaching-training degree programs in foreign language. Other grantees will work with beginner-level English adult learners. Placement is done based on host institution availability, the institution's needs, the grantee's background and skills, the grantee’s interests (to the extent possible), and the parameters of the program sponsor.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Grantees with dual U.S. and Colombian nationality are required by Colombian law to enter the country on a Colombian passport.
Located in the northwest corner of South America, Colombia has a rich and complex geography that is shaped by three Andean mountain ranges and lined by both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is the fourth largest country in South America and the third most populous nation in the region.
The country’s natural diversity is comparable to its rich cultural heritage reflecting the indigenous, Spanish, and African origins of its people. This makes Colombian food, music, dance, and art greatly diverse and unique. Additionally, over the last five years, Colombia has established itself as one of the most rapidly growing and innovative economies in Latin America.
A remarkable location for biodiversity, sustainable development, and peace studies:
Colombia has always been a preferred destination for students and scholars from around the world conducting research or interested in biodiversity and sustainable development. As the second most biodiverse country in the world, Colombia offers numerous possibilities for academic visitors to expand their knowledge of natural environments ranging from plains and deserts to high mountains, snowy peaks, Amazonian jungle, and Pacific and Caribbean coastlines— each with its own set of unique fauna and flora. Thus, Colombia provides a wonderful context for adventurous researchers aiming to engage in research in unique ecological landscapes and to work with communities native to these areas.
In recent years, the country has also become a primary destination for researchers interested in peacemaking, rural development, and social transformation. After the ratification of the peace agreement in 2016 between the 50-year-old FARC guerrilla group and President Santos’ administration, Colombia became a literal living laboratory for the implementation of innovative peace agreements especially in the country’s rural areas that are home to many demobilized members of the former FARC insurgency. The “new” Colombia, has opened its doors to foreign scholars and students for research in regions that were not possible to access in the past. While there have been major improvements in terms of security in Colombia, important challenges remain present as the peace agreements are implemented.
A diversified and connected system of higher education:
Colombia has a growing and diverse higher education system, composed of over 296 higher education institutions, offering more than 2,206 master’s programs, and 374 doctoral programs. Colombian higher education institutions have been innovating their programs and procedures in order to attract more foreign scholars and students. The National Ministry of Education and its allies, MinCiencias and ICETEX, have invested heavily in advancing the installed capacities of Colombia's higher education system in order to improve the research and teaching on their campuses.
Furthermore, the nation-wide initiative “Colombia Challenge your Knowledge” (CCYK), which is led by the top universities in the country, has been analyzing and implementing the best internationalization practices in order to attract more international visitors.
Fulbright in Colombia
The Fulbright Commission in Colombia has made determined efforts aimed to enhance diversity, decentralization, and access to the opportunities Fulbright offers for graduate study, research, teaching, and English acquisition. Broadening the geographical presence of U.S. grantees in the country has been critical to achieving these objectives.
The extended coverage of Fulbright Programs for U.S. participants in the country has been possible thanks to the significant contributions from Colombian partners such as ICETEX, SENA, the National Ministry of Education, and Tertiary Education Institutions among others.
To learn more about Colombia as a travel destination, visit http://www.colombia.co/. For questions related to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Colombia, please email Program Officer, Andrea Angulo.
All placements are security cleared by the US. Embassy in Colombia. For some specific placements, the U.S. Embassy may provide additional security recommendations.
All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.