Since 1962, the U.S. English Language Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided U.S. College and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.
U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they also are important resources for first hand information about the United States and the “American way of life.” The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) finances this program, which is administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program (for information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education.
US teaching assistants are assigned to one to three Austrian secondary schools and required to assist teachers of English in classroom instruction for 13 hours per week. No two USTAs have the same experience. However, some of a USTA’s weekly duties might include team-teaching a lesson with an English teacher, discussing a topic from the text book with a small group of students, engaging in one-on-one conversation practice with pupils, helping all or part of a class review for a test or designing and teaching a unit on an aspect of US culture or a current event. Activities will vary depending upon the needs of the students and teachers.
US teaching assistants are expected to work independently in a wide variety of institutional settings all over Austria. They are assigned to different kinds of schools in communities large and small. They must have the capacity to negotiate cultural differences and to solve problems that arise on a day-to-day basis.
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK) works with provincial school boards to place approximately 140 US teaching assistants at schools in all nine Austrian provinces. USTAs are present in more than 200 schools and 1,820 classrooms in any given week, during which they have contact with an estimated 40,000 students.
US teaching assistants are employed during the school year from October 1 – May 31. They are required to attend an orientation seminar held in late September and to arrive in Austria before the mandatory orientation seminar begins to finalize their residency permit applications with the authorities and secure housing.
- Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree, a working knowledge of German (intermediate-mid or above according to the ACTFL guidelines), and should be interested in careers in education.
- Prospective teachers of German or TESOL and/or graduates with a documented interest in Austrian studies are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Applicants must be 29 years old or younger at the time of application. Graduating seniors may apply; however they must complete their undergraduate degrees before starting their teaching assistantship.
- For further information on the program, application materials, and advice on application pro- cedures, consult the website.
- Potential applicants are asked to create a profile by entering a username, a password and by providing all the other information on the website.
- Some of the materials required in the online application may have long lead times, such as obtaining a current transcript, drafting a well structured application essay, or soliciting letters of recommendation from a professor or employer. Therefore, good time management skills and advanced planning are important parts of the application process.
January of every year. Please check the website for details.
Dr. Jürgen Hörmann
Austrian-American Educational Commission
1070 Vienna, Austria
P. +43 – (1) 236 7878 13
F. +43 – (1) 236 7878 17