Travel abroad is still full of lots of unknowns, but international education and scholarly exchanges march on. Slowly.
This summer UO's Yamada Language Center and Global Studies Institute will host more than 400 Fulbright scholars, student researchers, and English and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (ETAs/FLTAs) headed for numerous destinations, including Eugene. While our orientations will be virtual, the grantees should be spending the academic year at a coveted institution in the US and in 22 other countries.
The first program, "the Europe-Eurasisa PDO," hosts over 200 US Fulbright grantees headed to partner institutions abroad. The Balkan region, Russia, and Ukraine are the three most popular destinations for the Fulbrighters in this orientation; almost half of the cohort will be teaching English in K-12 and university classrooms from Greenland to Georgia. This is the second year we've hosted this prestigious program, and we draw on the expertise of UO historians, area specialists, and language instructors to staff this orientation.
The second program, "the FLTA Orientation," welcomes almost 200 international scholars coming from 30 different countries to teach their respective languages at more than 100 different higher ed institutions across the U.S. Back home, most of these FLTAs are English language educators, but here they'll be teaching both commonly taught languages such as Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Arabic and many seldomly taught ones such as Bengali, Kazakh, Quechua, and Ukrainian. More than 20 UO language instructors and cross cultural experts will lead the workshops and panel discussions that comprise this orientation.
Four of these FLTAs will remain at the UO for the whole year to teach Portuguese, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu, respectively, and to do community outreach in the International Cultural Service Program. This is the fourth year UO has hosted the FLTA orientation and the seventeeth that FLTAs have been part of our language teaching community.
All Fulbright grantees are sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the program is managed by the Institute of International Education. Annually, more than 800 US scholars and more than 400 international scholars participate in these two programs.