As you all know, the Student Fulbright program is an excellent opportunity for graduate study abroad or teaching abroad.  Because you all have contact with students in internationally oriented minors or majors, including teaching ESL, I wanted to update you on the English Teaching Assistantship program of Fulbright.  This is a great way for seniors who may not be 100% sure of what they want to do after graduation in May 2009 to gain some teaching experience through a year-long sojourn abroad.  You probably also know that NIU currently has an alumna in Hong Kong doing such a Fulbright teaching assistantship, Shari Meggs, who graduated from Communication in May 2008:  http://www.niu.edu/PubAffairs/RELEASES/2008/may/fulbright.shtml

(We're so proud of Shari and Matt, our two Fulbrighters from last year's competition!)

There are teaching assistantships available in a wide variety of nations, including those in which I believe you're the most interested:  Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  In addition, there are a number of countries where no local language proficiency is required, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Romania.  Please check out this website for more information:

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html

There is still time for a student to prepare a competitive proposal for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, but that time is fleeting:  our campus deadline is September 26, or three weeks from tomorrow.  If you have any students who might be interested, please ask them to contact my assistant Sara Clayton at 753-9526 or sclayton@niu.edu for an appointment.  Also, you might direct them to our website on Student Fulbright:

http://www.niu.edu/international/fulbright/index.shtml  

Plus, I'm always happy to hear directly from a prospective Fulbright applicant.

Dr. Deborah Pierce, Associate Provost
Division of International Programs
406 Williston Hall
dpierce@niu.edu