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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 of the United States Department of State strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of U.S. society and societies abroad. The Bureau seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its grants, programs and other activities and in its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.

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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.