For more than 70 years, Fulbright Teacher Exchanges, part of the family of offerings within the Fulbright Program, have offered opportunities for educators to learn, teach, consult, observe, and collaborate in classrooms and schools abroad. Educators expand learning and economic opportunities for their students and improve the teaching of English, world languages, social studies, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the arts, and other subjects. They foster mutual understanding in their communities, prepare students for the globalized workforce, and increase their students’ economic competitiveness with critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The Fulbright Teacher Exchanges are open to primary and secondary (K–12) educators, including teachers, library media specialists, counselors and others. Programs are also available to principals and education leaders on occasion. Eligibility requirements are specified on the program detail pages.
Each year approximately 400 educators from about 70 countries participate in our programs. These fellows teach a total of 65,000 students when they return home. If each fellow teaches an average of 15 more years, these exceptional educators will reach approximately 1 million students.
Sponsored by the United States government, in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, educators, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects.
Through our unique international educational and cultural exchange programs, Fulbright's diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni, and global partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other nations, shares knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the world.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs oversees Fulbright Program operations throughout the world. The mission of the Bureau is to build relationships between the people of the United States and people of other countries through academic exchanges, including programs for youth and educators, and also through cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. We build relationships and foster connections among the world’s emerging leaders that help further our foreign policy goals. Virtually all exchanges involve cooperation with the nongovernmental and private sectors.
We support more than 55,000 exchange participants in more than 140 different programs and are actively building a global network of citizens around the world who understand the United States, and U.S. citizens who understand the wider world, all of whom can be partners in solving global challenges.
IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. We work with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information. In education, we work with individuals, institutions, and governments around the world to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Our programs invest in educators, students, and administrators from primary school, secondary school, higher education, and professional training. IREX knows that quality education for students comes from excellent professional opportunities for educators and we are committed to offering a diverse portfolio of opportunities for students and educators.