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Arabic Exchange Teacher Applications Due January 4, 2019

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This page is for teachers in Egypt and Morocco interested in applying to be exchange teachers in the United States for an academic year.  

The 2019-2020 application deadline for Arabic exchange teachers closed on January 4.

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The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AMIDEAST in Egypt and the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange in Morocco.


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program seeks to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. schools, while also providing the selected exchange teachers the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society. The exchange teachers teach Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic and serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community.


Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender. Competition for the TCLP is merit-based and open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen of Egypt or Morocco who currently resides in their country of citizenship (Egypt or Morocco);
  • Is currently a full-time teacher of English as a Foreign Language or Arabic as a Foreign Language in a primary or secondary (K-12) school in Egypt or Morocco;
  • At the time of application has at least four years of classroom teaching experience;
  • Is prepared to teach for the entire U.S. academic year with leave time limited to school breaks;
  • Has a firm understanding of Modern Standard Arabic (fus’ha);
  • Has at least a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Is proficient in written and spoken English; and
  • Has submitted a complete application package (Egypt: please see Application Checklist; Morocco: contact

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the TCLP:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States, or their spouses;
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country (Egypt or Morocco);
  • Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, education consultants, university faculty, private English Language tutors; and
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored by the U.S. government for a period of more than six weeks in the last five years.

The U.S. Department of State and American Councils reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.


  • Application deadline: January 4, 2019 (The application is now closed.)
  • Notification of program semi-finalists: March 2019
  • Semi-finalist interviews in Cairo/Morocco (Location TBD): Mid-March 2019
  • Notification of program finalists: End of March 2019
  • Pre-departure orientation (Egypt: in Cairo; Morocco: Location TBD): June 2019
  • Exchange program in the U.S.: Early August 2019 – May/June 2020


TCLP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State and provides:

  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation held in the participant's home country
  • Round-trip travel from each participant's home country to and within the U.S.
  • A nine-day welcome orientation in Washington, DC
  • An approximate 10.5-month teaching assignment in a U.S. host school
  • Professional development workshops
  • Accident and sickness insurance (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Assistance with finding housing, generally arranged by the U.S. host school/educational community
  • Living stipend of approximately $20,000
  • Housing in the form of a monthly housing allowance for the duration of the program, calculated based on average housing prices for the assigned host community


The U.S. Department of State and American Councils will convene an independent panel to review the applications on the basis of the following:

  • Professional and educational experience and achievements
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Flexibility, maturity, and ability to participate in an international academic exchange
  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive academic year in the U.S.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrated commitment to current pedagogy and willingness to adapt methodology
  • Willingness to co-teach in the U.S. classroom
  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S., Egyptian, and Moroccan educational institutions and schools

Applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S. will be given priority.

Family Policy: Families may visit TCLP teachers during the academic program. However, the program is unable to offer financial support for family members of participants to come to the U.S. For those participants who decide to bring their family, dependent upon program approval, the families will be able to join after December 20, 2019.

Home Residency Requirement: Exchange teachers may not extend their program in the United States, and are required to return to Egypt/Morocco within 2 weeks after their program concludes. Exchange teachers are subject to the home residency requirement which obligates J-1 Exchange Program teachers to return to Egypt and reside there for two years following completion of their program.

Contact for Morocco specific application information.


  • To be considered for the program, please submit a complete application online
  • Incomplete applications or items submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted
  • Unless otherwise noted, please answer all questions in English
  • If a required question does not apply to you, please enter N/A (not applicable)
  • There is a limit of three (3) attachments per applicable question; if more than three are submitted, the application may be disqualified
  • Additional materials (such as student work or hand-outs) should NOT be included
  • Materials that require technical equipment (such as audio or videotapes) will not be reviewed by the selection committee

To be considered complete, all applications must include:

  • An essay that includes detailed answers to all questions;
  • Transcript(s)/teaching certifications;
  • A resume of no more than two pages;
  • A recent passport size photograph of the applicant; and
  • One completed recommendation form from a person who is the applicant’s supervisor and is familiar with his/her professional work; it cannot be written by a family member. Recommendations must be submitted with the application by the application deadline date. Recommendations submitted separately or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.Please provide an English translation of the recommendation letter if it is not written in English. The translated letter does not need to be certified or notarized, but should be clearly marked as a translation.
  • Applications and professional recommendations may be submitted separately but should be submitted online no later than the application deadline.

    For questions please contact:

    In Egypt:
    Mailing Address:
    ATTN: Teachers of Critical Languages Program
    PO Box 417
    El Dokki, GIZA 12311

    Office Address
    38, Mohie El Din Abou El Ezz Street
    El Dokki, GIZA

    In Morocco:
    Please contact for specific Morocco TCLP application information.

    Click here to apply:
    Egyptian Teachers Apply Here