Three programs offer schools international connections

Note: This dispatch has been updated to reflect an extended application deadline for the Teachers of Critical Languages Program listed below.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department and the American Councils for International Education are offering schools the chance to participate in three fully funded programs aimed at fostering international knowledge and connections. Each program has a winter 2012 application deadline.

Host a Guest Teacher

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places teachers from China and Egypt in K-12 host schools in the United States for an academic year during which they teach Mandarin and Arabic language and culture courses. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training and ongoing program support.

To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For more information, visit or email

Program Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012 (Note: This deadline has been extended from Jan. 9, 2012.)

Connect Internationally

The Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the world. The program sponsors two- to three-week reciprocal exchanges and one-way professional development programs.

Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Uruguay for reciprocal exchanges and Greece, India, and Italy for one-way programs. All Educational Seminars provide airfare, training, travel health care and living costs. For more information, visit  or email

Program Application Deadlines (depend on the program): Jan. 6 and March 30, 2012

Study Language in Egypt and China

Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provide fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply.

Participants earn 10 hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel- and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, visit or email

Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012

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