Frequently Asked Questions: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program 2021-2022

Q: What is the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program?

A: The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program provides teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of Arabic at colleges and universities in the United States.  The FLTA is a non-degree program that places young professionals as Arabic Language teaching assistants for one academic year (10 months).  Interested applicants must apply online by the extended deadline of June 15, 2020, and may find full eligibility and application details at https://ly.usembassy.gov/apply-now-fulbright-foreign-language-teaching-assistant-flta-program-2021-2022/.   

Q: How do I apply?

A: Each candidate is required to submit an online application via the online management system: https://apply.iie.org/flta2021 by extended deadline of June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm application deadline.

Q: What does the program cover?

A: This exchange program includes funding for required fees: travel to and from the United States, books and other necessary equipment, a monthly living stipend, and a supplemental health and accident coverage plan. Costs associated with the visa application process and English language testing, if necessary, are also covered. 

Q: What are the benefits of Fulbright FLTA program?

A: In addition to academic training, Fulbright FLTA also provides transformative cultural exchange experiences. As Fulbright participants, Libyan students will have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and also share Libya’s unique culture and traditions with Americans.

Q: Can I study on this program?

A: The FLTA is a non-degree program. Participants may have the opportunity to sit in on some courses during their time teaching in the United States. Applicants who wish to pursue a degree in the United States should look into other opportunities instead, such as the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and consult with EducationUSA advising services to learn about the steps to study in the USA and identify a program that is appropriate for their needs. For more information about EducationUSA Libya, visit https://www.facebook.com/EdUSALibya/

Q: Do I have to take the TOEFL iBT exam at the moment of application submission?

A: The program doesn’t require the applicant to take TOEFL iBT or IELTS exams at the time of application submission. TOEFL tests will be arranged by the FLTA program staff for successful semifinalists. If you are eligible to participate, you can submit your application package without a TOEFL or IELTS score report. If you have valid TOEFL or ILETS score please submit it.

Q: What type of visa will I get?

A: Grantees will apply for a J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor), in coordination with program organizers. J-1 visa recipients must return to Libya for at least 2 cumulative years upon completion of the program before they could be eligible for U.S. employment, immigration or residency visas (immigrant visas). J1 participants are generally eligible to apply for student, exchange visitor, tourist and business visas (non-immigrant visas) after completing a Fulbright Program. Students cannot seek other work while on program.

Q: Can my family members join me in the United States?

A: The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any time during the program.

Q: I am a fourth year student and will receive my bachelor’s degree in summer 2020.  May I apply?

A: Should you anticipate receiving your bachelor’s diploma before June 2020, please provide a copy of your current student record book.

Q: Is there an age limit for participation?

A: Applicants must be between 23 and 35 years of age

Q: I am a Libyan language teacher, am I eligible to apply?

A: Eligible applicants should be either teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English.  Candidates who are teachers in the fields of American Studies, Journalism and Media, and American or English Literature will also be considered.

Q: Is work experience a requirement?

A: It is preferred that applicants have at least one year of professional work experience at the time of application.

Q: I am already an alumnus/alumna of a U.S. funded exchange program. Can I apply?

A: Yes. However, please keep in mind that strong preference will be given to applicants who do not have recent and/or extensive experience in the United States.

Q: Do I need to submit any hard copies of my application to the U.S. Embassy?

A: No, but you must submit your application and all supporting documents to the online management system: https://apply.iie.org/flta2021

Q: Do I need to upload my university transcripts?

A: Yes, academic transcripts need to be uploaded to your application including a copy of your diploma.

Q: How many reference letters should I submit?

A: Three recommendation letters. 

Q: What do you want to see in my references?

A: You should ask people who know you very well, and preferably those who can comment on your academic ability as well as your leadership, character and interests. Draw your referers’ attention to the guidelines at the top of the form on the online management system. We also recommend that your references read your Statement of Purpose. Give your references sufficient amount of time to complete the form before the deadline.

Q: What if my references miss the application deadline?

A: Make sure to contact your references early and make them aware of the deadline with sufficient amount of time to submit.

Q: Can I submit recommendation letters in Arabic?

A: The recommendation letters must be submitted in English only.

Q: When will selected applicants be notified?

A: Finalists will be notified in July 2020.

Q: What is the TOEFL score required to participate in the FLTA program?

A: Applicant must be fluent in English, as demonstrated by a recent score of no less than 550 (Paper Based TOEFL), 79-80 (Internet Based TOEFL – IBT), or 6.0 (Overall Score International English Language Testing System – IELTS).

Q: May I submit my IELTS score instead of TOEFL?

A: If you have a valid one already, you absolutely can. But if you do not have a valid score report, you can still apply bearing in mind you meet all eligibility requirements. The program doesn’t require the applicant to take TOEFL iBT or IELTS exams at the moment of application submission.

Other questions?  Email us at LibyaUSAExchanges@state.gov.