Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad
The Fulbright-Hays programs are authorized by section 102(b)(6) of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act), and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) International and Foreign Language Education office (IFLE), contingent upon the Congressional appropriations. Collectively, the Fulbright-Hays programs provide funding to strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in foreign languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research.
The Fulbright-Hays programs are distinct from the Fulbright programs administered by the U.S. Department of State. State Department programs focus on exchange for mutual understanding by bringing overseas scholars and professionals to the United States and sending U.S. citizens often with no prior international experience abroad. In contrast, the Fulbright-Hays programs focus on strengthening area and foreign language expertise among current and prospective U.S. educators by providing advanced overseas study and research opportunities.
Every year three seminars are organized all over the world.
Our Commission hosted this Seminar in 2006 and in 2019.
The seminar normally consists of three phases
The specific program is based on discussions between the Department of Education (IFLE) and the respective administering agencies.All seminars are academic programs usually featuring a highlighted topic presented within a more general subject theme. The seminars are structured group activities without much free time for participants who wish to carry out extensive individual research projects. Participants are expected to develop their curriculum/independent projects from activities built-in to the seminar program in addition to any limited independent activities on the part of the participant (only where possible and with the assistance and/or knowledge of the administering agency).Number of participants: 16.
Prospective participants include the following
Upon their return, participants are expected to submit a curriculum project that demonstrates what they plan to implement in the classroom and share their broadened knowledge and experiences with students, colleagues, members of civic and professional organizations, and the public in their home communities through various outreach activities.
IFLE requires to conduct a pre-departure orientation (PDO) in the U.S. of approximately two days in length, immediately prior to the in-country seminar. The orientation should be planned, coordinated, and conducted by the administering agency in collaboration with a higher education institution or other educational organization in the U.S.
We have contacted TIEC to conduct this PDO since they have the resources and capability to ensure that all participants receive quality information and guidance prior to departure.
The pre-departure orientation should be designed to provide
Activities should include lectures and discussions on the host country and seminar theme. Additional agenda items can include a cultural activity (ies), basic language lessons, and other events or discussions that begin to familiarize participants with the host country’s culture, and customs.
FINAL REPORT TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Regarding post-seminar activities, in addition to the reporting and submission of completed curriculum/independent projects, the administering agency is responsible for providing IFLE with a FINAL seminar report in the IRIS system by December 15th following the seminar. The report should include the following: