List of Teacher Exchange Programmes

  1. UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)

A teacher exchange programme between India and UK meant for Higher Education and Further Education was started in 2006. It aims at strengthening the relations between both countries on educational and research frontiers.

The initiative is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, Department for Science and Technology, Department for Employment and Learning, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and University Grants Commission.

The focus areas of the programme are the bilateral transformation in the education sector. The focus areas include-

  • Leadership and faculty development.
  • E-partnership and Research Incubation
  • Integration of Skills in Education

The initiative is intended for improvisation of the teaching methodology and hence it is a free programme for the teachers, excluding the visa costs and some overhead expenses which are borne by the applicant. This is as follows-

$180 – SEVIS Fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). This is only a one-time fee paid by the J-1 visa applicant.

$160 – Visa Processing Fee paid to the US Embassy. This fee applies to all J-1 and J-2 visa applicants.

However, it is advised that the teachers carry some amount before the first payroll is granted. This is advised so that the teachers can bear the expenses like traveling within the country, food, housing for the first month at least.

The programme has been designated 3 phases-

Phase 1 (2006 – 2011)

Phase 2 (2011 – 2016)

Phase 3 (2016 – 2021)

To be part of the programme, a faculty needs to fulfill the following criterion-

  • You should have the required qualification to teach as a primary or a secondary teacher in the home country or the country of residence.
  • You should have a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the US.
  • You should have a command and proficiency in English language to facilitate active participation.
  • You should have a good reputation and character.
  • You should be a resident of the current country.
  • You should have a regular teaching experience of 2 years.
  • You should be willing to come to the U.S. temporarily as a full-time teacher of record in an accredited primary or secondary (K-12) school.

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  1. Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme (CTEP)

CYEC (Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council) is a registered charity and youth development organization that works as a subsidiary of The Royal Commonwealth Society. It has 3 functional area-

  • Youth Programmes
  • Interchange Programme for Professional Educators
  • Raising Awareness of the Commonwealth and its Values

The duration of the CTEP varies from 3 months to 12 months, with most of the programmes lasting for 12 months. The educator who participates in TEP is entitled to the regular salary in the native country as well. CTEP supports TEP between UK, Canada, and Australia. The exchange programme to Canada happens between September and August while the exchange to Australia takes place from January to December.

One important thing to enroll in this programme is that it does not accept the application of the teachers from schools which are issued improvement notice by OfSTED- official standards in education. It is because of a simple reason that the international study programmes do not compromise on education quality and ensure uninterrupted education experience. Also, it is advised that the applicant should be committed to the TEP for the entire duration as withdrawals result in heavy costs and disturbance in the studying schedules.

The applicant should-

  • be a qualified, permanent, current and normally full-time school-based employee in a recognized school.
  • have a minimum of five years full-time and consecutive teaching experience (inclusive of probationary teaching year).
  • be registered with the GTC- General Teaching Council (England exempt).
  • hold QTS (Qualified Teacher Status / a degree plus PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) / B.ed (Bachelors in Education).
  • be able to demonstrate any professional, academic and legal requirements set by the host jurisdiction.
  • be in satisfactory health (you may be required to undergo a medical examination as part of the visa application process for some jurisdictions).
  • declare any previous convictions in the last ten years (including drink driving convictions) and comply with normal immigration/entry requirements of the host country).
  • provide suitable accommodation for their exchange partner, usually their own home, although alternative rented accommodation may be arranged. Both participants must have sole occupancy of accommodation.
  • have an excellent professional record.
  • be prepared to adapt to varied and potentially challenging situations and commit to making the exchange period a success.
  • be able to commit to the full agreed exchange period.

Enrolling in CTEP involves some expenses which are to be borne by the applicant-

A non-refundable initial registration fees of £100 and programme fee for confirmed participants amounting to £450.

Flight: £700-£1300 per adult

Insurance: £300-£600 per adult

Medical examinations: Up to £300 per adult

DBS check: £50 (approximately)

Visa/work permit processing: Variable

Overseas teacher registration fees/permits: Variable

Overseas school fees for accompanying children: Variable

The participants are responsible for travel costs and arrangements for travel and health insurance. The accommodation facility is also taken care of by the participant whereby the exchange teachers exchange their homes as well. However, it is a private issue where RCS doesn’t participate.

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  1. Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program-

The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) is an education-based initiative that aims to strengthen the relations between the 2 countries through exchange programmes. The exchange programmes are meant for students, teachers, and professionals. By supporting collaborative lectures, interactive sessions, roundtables, it enables to address the civil issues of the society. Rising above the cultural differences by educating the pupils through inter-cultural acceptance is the goal of this programme.

Fulbright is one of the many US exchange Programmes. It is a highly prestigious programme aimed at improving the inter-cultural relations between the US and the world. It a state-funded programme meant for US citizens, whereby the candidates are selected via competitive exam.

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills for preparing students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration. Starting with the 2018-2019 session, the programme will become the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC).

As part of the programme, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Study and observe international best practices in education;
  • Share professional expertise with educators and students in the host country;
  • Develop leadership skills and understanding of educational policy;
  • Enhance their ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments.

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  1. IREX Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program-

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is a global development and educational organization. It works on a global level with the mission to build more just, prosperous, and inclusive world.

Teacher Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) programme gives the teachers an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills, cultural knowledge, and learning more about the US. It is believed that by educating the youth and empowering the teachers, the mission can be accomplished efficiently.

It is a six-week programme that includes the following-

  • Seminars on curriculum development
  • Lesson planning
  • Instructional technology
  • New teaching methodologies
  • Teaching strategies for the home countries
  • Technology-friendly platforms for teaching like computer technology
  • Interaction with American teachers and students

The TEA fellowship provides the following:

  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in your home country
  • Round-trip airfare from your home city to and within the U.S.
  • A Welcome Programme in Washington, D.C.
  • A six-week professional development programme at a U.S. university
  • Housing (generally shared with other programme participants) and meals
  • Accident and sickness health coverage
  • A baggage allowance to alleviate domestic travel checked luggage costs
  • A maintenance allowance will be allocated for six weeks to cover the costs of incidental expenses such as laundry, medicine, etc.
  • A book allowance will be allocated towards purchasing books and educational materials
  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current secondary school, full-time teacher in a school that serves a primarily local population (not expatriates)
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in TEA teaching disciplines: English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social sciences, mathematics, science, or special education
  • Be a citizen and resident in an eligible TEA country (countries vary by year)
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Obtain a minimum score of 450 on the paper-based TOEFL or equivalent English language examination
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the programme
  • Submit a complete application

You are ineligible to apply if you are a:

  • U.S. citizen or Green Card holder
  • Ministry of Education official
  • Full-time principal or educational administrator
  • Full-time teacher trainer
  • University faculty
  • Private English language tutor
  • Former participant of TEA, the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), Partners in Education (PiE), or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program

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  1. The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

The International Leaders in Education Program is a 5-month opportunity for the teachers to develop further expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. This is a subject-specific programme, i.e., teachers who have the expertise to teach math, science, social studies, English as a foreign or a second language. The programme is open for teachers from Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere. During the 5-months, the teachers will be exposed to the US methodology of classroom teaching, student interactions, use of technology for teaching

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The teacher must have a teaching experience of more than 5 years in the secondary school.
  • The teacher must be a citizen and resident of the ILEP country.
  • A score of 500 on paper-based TOEFL exam or 61 points in internet-based TOEFL

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