Programs for Teachers

We support and inspire those who inspire others through offering professional and cultural exchanges in the United States that form life changing engagements with counterparts and colleagues from around the world.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States with the people of other countries.  Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided over 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  Fulbright alumni serve in leadership positions in government, academia, business, the arts, science, journalism, and other professional fields.

The Fulbright Program was established in Uruguay in 1960 pursuant to an agreement between the governments of Uruguay and the United States and resulting in the creation of the Fulbright Commission.  A 1965 exchange of diplomatic notes, terminating and replacing the 1960 agreement, reflects the current agreement. All Fulbright programs are funded by the governments of Uruguay and the United States.

Find more information about Fulbright here.

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships in the USA
These scholarships are awarded through an open competitive process based on the academic excellence and leadership skills of the applicants. Postgraduate scholarships in Uruguay are sponsored by the Uruguayan National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) and the U.S. government. Program focus areas vary annually but have previously included: Biotechnology, Human and Animal Health, Energy, Agricultural and Agro-industrial Production, Environment and Environmental Services, Information Communication Technology (ICTs), Education, Transport and Logistics, Creative Industries and Criminology and Crime Studies.

Find more information about Fulbright Postgraduate programs here.

Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Scholarship for Professional Development
The Hubert H. Humphrey scholarship is an exchange program providing professional development during one academic year (ten months) at a leading U.S. university, enabling professional and academic linkages between participants. The scholar takes elective and leadership classes and participates in an internship at a leading organization or institution in their field. Humphrey fellows are mid-career professionals who are at the forefront of the design, planning and implementation of public policies in the government (Ministries, National Directorates, autonomous entities, etc.) or private institutions such as NGOs.

Find more information about the Fulbright Humphrey program here.

This exchange program brings international secondary-level educators to the United States for a six-week professional learning opportunity at a host university. Participants attend academic seminars that focus on topics such as new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, instructional technology, and content-based instruction. Participants also observe and co-teach in U.S. classrooms and collaborate on best educational practices with educators and students. Educators complete a minimum of 40 hours in a practicum with a U.S. partner educator of their same or a similar discipline in a local secondary school. Participants also learn about the United States and their host communities by engaging in various civic and cultural activities in their host communities to promote mutual understanding.

In Uruguay, the program is open for secondary and UTU teachers of English, social studies, and STEM fields. The selection and nomination of candidates for this program is managed by the United States Embassy and the application is opened through Embassy website and social media networks.

Find more information about TEA here.

This nine-month exchange program is aimed at Uruguayan English teachers who are interested in teaching Spanish in the United States at the basic and intermediate level by working as teaching assistants in a college or university Spanish department. They also help develop language acquisition strategies, live on campus, and take at least two college courses per semester.

Find more information about FLTA here.

The goals of this program are to both promote the integration and understanding of the people from Uruguay and the United States and to contribute to the development of primary and secondary education through a teaching and management experience in an educational center in the United States. The three-week program is aimed at teachers of public primary, middle and secondary schools including Ceibal teachers and public-school principals, and teacher training professionals. This program is also sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), Ceibal, and the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP).

Find more information about the Teacher Exchange Program here.

The OPEN Program offers Uruguayan English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university classes and online professional development programming. This program introduces and explores current methodological concepts and issues in the English as a Foreign Language field, provides an innovative distance-learning experience that uses the latest technology, connects participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues.

Find more information about OPEN here.

Free Massive OPEN Online Courses (MOOCs)

The OPEN Program has many Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for English language teachers, students, and other professionals. These free MOOCs are hosted on the Canvas Network platform and have included titles such as these:

  • English for Media Literacy
  • English for Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Integrating Critical Thinking into the Integration of Culture in an EFL Setting

Find MOOCs here.

Uruguayan institutions can request U.S. English Specialists by submitting a program proposal to the U.S. Embassy. Specialists are top-tier TESOL experts who lead intensive, high-level English language projects, including curriculum development, materials design, and ESP program implementation. Specialist projects vary in length from two weeks to three months and may be in-country or virtual. Program proposal should specify the length of the program and must be focused on education or training.  Types of training typically include: seminars, workshops, development of CVs or materials, undergraduate and postgraduate lessons, analysis or evaluation of a program, etc. The host institution must cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the specialist.

Find more information about the English Specialist Program here.

Uruguayan institutions can submit a proposal for a highly qualified virtual U.S. English language educator to provide online English teaching programs. Typically, the program can last for up to six weeks but can be easily renewed or extended. Institutions must complete a form to provide justification and details of the type of project they require. Program proposals may include online English language teaching, teacher training, and cultural exchange.

Find more information about the Virtual English Educator Program here.

  • American English
    This website is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English and American culture.
  • American English Resources on YouTube 
    This YouTube channel provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students (aged 14 and older) in the classroom. Through our videos, both teachers and learners over age 14 will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
  • American English webinars (Free and Downloadable)
    The American English Webinar and Facebook Live sessions are hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. These professional development sessions for English teachers around the globe address methodological topics that foster interactive, student-centered language instruction. Here you will find recordings from previous events that are 60-90 minutes long and include corresponding downloadable presentations and additional resources.
  • Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program has many Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for English language teachers, students, and other professionals. These free MOOCs are hosted on the Canvas Network platform and have included titles such as these:

    • English for Media Literacy
    • English for Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
    • TESOL Methodology
    • Teaching English to Young Learners
    • Integrating Critical Thinking into the Integration of Culture in an EFL Setting
  • Forum Magazine
    English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal supporting the teaching of English around the world through the publication of innovative, practical ideas. It is published by the U.S. Department of State. Over 60,000 copies of the magazine are distributed in more than 100 countries.
  • VOA English Teaching
    Learning English is Voice of America’s (VOA) multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide.