U.S. Exchange Teachers
FULBRIGHT TEACHER EXCHANGE PROGRAM, 2013-2014
The Franco-American Commission, in cooperation with CIEP and the Inspection Générale of the Ministry for Education, administers the Fulbright Teacher Exchange, or échange poste pour poste, program in France.
Dates:The French school year (September 1-July 15)
Level/Subject: Teachers (grades 7-12) and two or four year college teaching faculty teaching French. Teacher's U.S. assignment should consist only of French language, literature and civilization.
Language Proficiency: Fluency in French required
Teaching Assignment: English language and American literature and civilization; placement in the French junior and senior high schools or in the special two-year post baccalaureat "Brevet de Technicien Supérieur" (BTS) classes (roughly equivalent to the level of a community college in the U.S.). These are situated in the same buildings as the senior high schools; levels may or may not correspond to the teaching assignment in the United States. Exchanges are also possible with the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Antilles and with the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Candidates should be aware, however, that the cost of living is high in these areas and exceeds that of metropolitan areas in the U.S. and in France.
Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship, fluency in French, Bachelor's degree or higher, three years full-time teaching experience, current full-time teaching or administrative position.
Terms of Agreement: Direct exchange of teaching assignments; requires that a U.S. teacher obtain a leave of absence with pay from school authorities. The U.S. school agrees to accept a French teacher who has also secured a leave of absence with pay.
Transportation Award: Partial round-trip travel allowance for grantee only.
Housing: Because of the salary levels of U.S. and French teachers, exchange of accomodations is preferable but not obligatory.
Other Allowances: None. It is estimated that married teachers with two children should have available a net sum of at least $30,000 for the school year.
Other Benefits: Two ½ day pre-departure Orientation Workshop for grantee and accompanying dependents in the U.S. One professional and administrative workshop for grantees organized by the Franco-American Commission and the Ministry for Education in Paris during the fall semester. One midyear meeting organized early in the spring semester in Paris by the Franco-American Commission and the Ministry for Education, depending on funding. Modest supplemental health insurance coverage provided.
Estimated Number of Positions:10