Who should apply
GET-TA candidates must be enthusiastic about teaching. They must have a sincere interest in teaching their native language and culture to American students. Through their application they should demonstrate knowledge of their culture and current events in their home country. They should have leadership skills, the ability to motivate students and the ability to relate to them in an emphatic manner. GET-TAs should have a desire to meet people and become a part of the community by participating in community events and campus activities. They should be able to work creatively, be self-reliant but good team players who maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff and students
The Application Process
All GET-TA candidates apply to, and are screened by, IIE's cooperating agencies abroad then matched by IIE to a particular teaching assistantship post at a host institution in the U.S.
IIE cooperating agencies include the network of EducationUSA advising centers. If you meet the requirements listed below and are not familiar with the cooperating agency in your country, IIE will assist you to make this connection.
If you have any questions about the GET-Teaching Assistant Program, the application process or the opportunities available, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We want to hear from you!
The Institute of International Education's GET-Teaching Assistant Program
Major requirements are as follows:
- Candidates should possess the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (U.S.) with a good academic record. Note: Candidates must be able to submit proof of B.A. completion by February 1st. Candidates unable to do so will be considered ineligible. Masters degrees are viewed as highly desirable by many institutions.
- The GET-TA Program does not provide J-2 sponsorship for dependents.
- Fluency in English is mandatory. A score of no less than 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) on the TOEFL is required.
- Prior teaching experience is preferred.
- Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
- Ideally, GET-TAs are outgoing and dynamic individuals with a great sense of humor.
GET-TAs are not required to have a teaching degree. However, they should possess a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the following subjects:
- Area Studies
- Computer Sciences/Technology
- Education, Rural
- Education, Teacher Training
- Educational Administration
- Educational Psychology
- Educational Technology
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
As J-1 exchange participants, Teaching Assistants must complete at least two academic courses per semester and may engage in independent research related to their fields of study. These activities, combined with the teaching activities, meet J-1 visa requirements for full-time, non-degree students pursuing a prescribed course of study.
Many institutions request GET-TAs who have an interest and ability to live in small towns or are adaptable to living in rural areas. They request that their GET-TAs have excellent organizational and computer skills. They prefer people who have interests in sports, outdoor activities, music, dance, theatre, literature, poetry or cooking. Most of all, they look for candidates who demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to learn.
For GET-TAs, host institutions offer awards that include room, board and a stipend which ranges from $400 to $600 per month. Because Teaching Assistants are required to take at least two academic courses per semester to fulfill J-1 visa regulations, colleges and universities waive tuition and fees for study.
Institutions may arrange long-term homestays in lieu of room and board. In some cases health insurance coverage and a travel grant are included. As this is not a guaranteed financial consideration from host institutions, GET-TA candidates should be prepared to cover the cost of their round-trip international travel and to purchase their own insurance plan. In addition, all IIE GET-TAs are recommended to carry some personal funds to the U.S. as stipends provided by host institutions only cover necessities. If a candidate wishes to purchase clothing or souvenirs, to take vacation travel, etc., this expense would likely come from his/her own pockets.
Each host institution tailors the assistantship to its language teaching needs.