Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 12, 2011


The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host several orientations from now through September 10, 2011 for newly-arrived Fulbright Foreign Students and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) who are beginning their studies in the United States this fall. The orientations will provide the new students with an introduction to the United States, U.S. higher education, and the Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright Foreign Student and FLTA orientations will take place at 17 of the colleges and universities hosting the Fulbright students, including two community colleges and one historically black university. During the orientations, Fulbright Students from 120 countries and Fulbright FLTAs from 51 countries will learn about U.S. academic culture, U.S. society and people, cross-cultural awareness, teaching methodology, and Fulbright grant responsibilities, as well participate in local cultural activities.

After completing their orientations, the Fulbright Students and FLTAs will travel to hundreds of colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia to begin their Fulbright programs. Fulbright Students will engage in graduate study and research programs, and FLTAs will help to teach their native languages to U.S. students. More than 3,600 Fulbright Foreign Student Program participants will research and teach in the U.S. this year.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government and has provided over 300,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research; to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright Program participants are among the more than 50,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit http://exchanges.state.gov.

Media Contacts: James Lawrence, LawrenceJA@state.gov, 202-632-3241
John Fleming, FlemingJT2@state.gov, 202-632-6454



PRN: 2011/1322