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Our History

Since 1969, English Language Programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, has placed thousands of highly qualified and experienced U.S. educators in the field of TESOL on in-person and virtual projects to assist U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs and supporting public diplomacy initiatives.

The English Language Fellow Program began in 1969, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. The English Language Specialist Program followed in 1991, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. The Virtual English Language Educator Program is the newest program, with its launch in 2022.

More about Who We Are

English Language Programs is funded by the U.S. Department of State through the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. English Language Programs is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State strives to embed diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in all aspects of its work. Public diplomacy is most effective when people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives participate in people-to-people exchanges and programs to promote mutual understanding. The Bureau incorporates DEIA best practices throughout its exchanges and programs, grants, community partnerships, and in its workforce and workplace. ECA is committed to addressing barriers based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, geographic location, education, income, socio-economic status, and other diversity dimensions, that may hinder inclusion in the organization. The Bureau’s commitment to DEIA strengthens U.S. foreign policy and is vital to building trust and partnerships here at home and around the world.


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This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Georgetown University, Center for Intercultural Education and Development.

All decisions related to participant terms (including candidate review, selection, funding, suspension, revocation, and termination) and all criteria related thereto are made and established by the U.S. Department of State.