The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program exists in approximately 80 countries around the world, and since 2017 it has been possible for Dutch schools to participate in the program here in the Netherlands. This program provides the opportunity for Dutch schools to welcome a recent American university graduate to their school for one year to strengthen and support English language education as a teaching assistant.
These native English speakers apply a year in advance and undergo a thorough selection process before they may be selected. Out of over 100 applicants, we only select the top 15 or so (depending on how many schools participate per year). We select these top candidates based on their academic success, motivation, leadership skills, teaching experience, ambition, and enthusiasm.
How does the English Teaching Assistant Program work?
- An ETA can work as a teaching assistant for 20 – 24 hours per week. This does not include time spent lesson planning.
- The program is open to different types of schools: primary schools, secondary schools, MBO and HBO level schools, and more.
- All teaching assistants are recent university graduates and may come from various educational backgrounds; some teaching assistants come from a STEM background for example, while others may have experience with music and the arts.
About the Teaching Assistants
Every year in October over a hundred candidates in the U.S. apply for the program, and their applications are first sent to our partners in New York, the Institute of International Education. Between October and January, the IIE holds selection committees to determine the top 40 semi-finalist candidates. During these selection committees they analyze various aspects of each candidate: their motivation, academic achievement, leadership and teaching experience, and understanding of the Netherlands.
Once the IIE sends Fulbright Commission the Netherlands the top 40 semi-finalists in late-January, we work with the schools to determine the best candidates who will be selected for the program. Through this extensive process we can be sure that the ETA(s) for each school are not only clever and highly motivated, but will also suit the needs of the school.
What are the costs of participating in the program?
– Full placement: €16.000 per ETA, per school.
This would mean that the school hosts one ETA for 10 months, during which the ETA co-teaches as an assistant 20-24 hours per week.
– Half placement: €10.000 per ETA, per school.
This would mean that two schools “share” an ETA. Each school pays €10.000 to host one ETA between the schools for 10 months. The ETA then co-teaches as an assistant at each school for 10-12 hours per week so they will spend a total of 20-24 hours in the classroom per week. If you select this option, it is the responsibility of your school to find another school in your area to host the ETA with.