Opportunities for Students


The following awards are eligible for undergraduate students who are in their senior year, graduate students who will not have a Ph.D. degree by the application deadline, and young professionals who have up to five years of professional study and/or field experience. These awards allow students to conduct research or teach in a host country while serving as mentors and mentees.

Category: Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA)

Student grantees will receive typically three to six months of intensive language study. Depending on the country the student grantee applies, she or he may be eligible for formal classroom instruction, private tutoring, or both. Changing programs during the course is discouraged. Payment of tuition fees for language courses or private tutoring provided by CLEA varies by country. For application requirements, eligible countries, and eligible languages visit the website here.

Category: Open Study/Research Awards

Student applicants will design their own project and work with advisers at foreign universities or other higher education institutions. These awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Requirements vary by country. View the program summary for different host country requirements.

Category: English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs

The ETA Programs allows students to travel to other countries to assist local English teachers at various academic levels and serve as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. For information on specific country requirements visit the website here.