Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program


 The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) administers the ETA Program. The Foundation was established through a Letter of Agreement in 1947 in Nanjing between the United States of America and the Republic of China, and resumed operations on Taiwan in 1957. In 1964 the Letter was updated and the purpose reconfirmed, “to promote further mutual understanding between the United States of America and the Republic of China by wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts.” In 1979 the title was changed to FSE. In 1979 and 2010, additional exchanges of Letters acknowledged the identity of FSE as a non-profit international legal entity under the mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The Ministry of Education and MOFA are strong supporters and partners of FSE. Among other responsibilities, the central role of FSE is to administer the Fulbright Program.    

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”  With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Supported by the U.S. Department of State and by more than 155 governments and entities around the world, the Fulbright Program was recently awarded the ‘Nobel Prize of international education’ by the Prince Asturias Foundation of Spain.

 Over the past 50 years, Fulbright has financed over 1,600 Taiwan grantees to the U.S. and over 1,300 U.S. grantees to Taiwan. They include high officials, university presidents, professors, artists, researchers, teachers, and language assistants. It is not an open-ended program for personal experience; rather all grantees come with predesigned programs and responsibilities. This is the best way for them to add to the stock of knowledge, gain access to local environments, and share their perceptions of their homes.

There are various categories of scholarship. ETA is one, and there are 72 ETA programs worldwide with 16 in Asia (Korea, Thailand, Malaysia …). The ETA Programs are globally recognized as one of the highest standards of international educational exchange. FSE’s Program in Taiwan is a global leader, invited by the US Department of State as one of the limited participants in the first global ‘best practices’ ETA workshop. For American grantees, schools, Taiwanese kids, and long-term Taiwan/American relations, the Program is a resounding success.

 FSE brings outstanding Fulbright ETA grantees, who all have at least a BA degree, to Taiwan’s schools to participate in the Program, to give and to receive in return. The Program fulfills the goals of increasing knowledge and enhancing cross-cultural exchange.

These Americans come to Taiwan for academic, cultural, educational, and exchange activities as exchange scholars. They are grounded in the local schools as educational participants and share in the educational mission. They promote American culture, facilitate English conversation, create an English learning environment, and engage in a wide range of academic exchanges activities. They also are actively engaged outside the schools in public service programs and cultural exchange. The above activities are central to their academic and exchange program in Taiwan

The screening and selecting process is rigorously academic. It is supervised by the U.S. Department of State, and conducted in multiple stages: university interview committees, the Institute of International Education in New York City’s screening panel, FSE’s selection panel, and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board’s final grant approval. The selection is merit based, competitive, and rigorous.

美籍協同英語教學助理計畫(ETA Program)
English Teaching Assistants

學術交流基金會係依據「中華民國與美國教育文化交換計畫協定」,由兩國共同支持設立之學術機構,負責執行各項傅爾布萊特教育文化交換活動,建立交流管道;傅爾布萊特計畫之英文名稱為Fulbright Program,此項計畫共在全世界150多個國家執行,其中有55個國家與美國簽約成立基金會。在學術界及國際教育文化交流領域中享有盛譽,得獎者也都視為殊榮。現今參與由美籍傅爾布萊特年度得獎人擔任協同英語教師的傳爾布萊特基金會之國家包括有韓國、泰國、印尼、香港、馬來西亞及許多歐洲非英語系國家。