This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We come to the twentieth week of our series on higher education in the United
States. Today we answer two e-mails from Thailand. A refugee from Burma and
another listener in Thailand both want to know more about the Fulbright Program.
The Fulbright Program gives Americans a chance to study, teach or do research
in other countries. And it gives people in other countries a chance to do the
same in America.
Fulbright grants are given to graduate students, scholars and professionals.
There is also a Fulbright exchange program just for teachers and administrators.
Each year about 6,000 people receive Fulbright grants. The United States
government pays most of the costs. Foreign governments and schools help by
sharing costs and providing other support.
The Fulbright Program operates in about 150
countries. Around 270,000 Fulbrighters have taken part over the years.
Legislation by Senator William Fulbright established the program in 1946. He
saw educational exchange as a way to help people understand other ideas and ways
of life. Senator Fulbright also believed the program could educate future world
In 1968, the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program began. This
Fulbright program brings foreign teachers to the United States to work with high
school or college students.
Two other Fulbright programs that offer ways to come to the United States are
the foreign student and visiting scholar programs. The Foreign Student Program
brings graduate students to study and do research at a college or university.
The Visiting Scholar Program brings foreign experts to speak and do research for
up to a year.
The list of countries in the Fulbright Program changes each year. And the
requirements may differ from country to country.
You can learn more about the program from the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs at the State Department. We have a link to the program's Web
site at voaspecialenglish.com. Or do a search on the Internet for "Fulbright
You can also contact the local Fulbright Commission or American Embassy in
your country for more information.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. To send us e-mail, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Steve Ember.