Long-Term English Program

Did you know that the Fulbright Program has programs designed to help Fulbright applicants increase their English language skills? Learn more about Long-Term English opportunities for Fulbright nominees.
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Applicants of all English skill levels are invited to apply to the Fulbright Program. As most American graduate degree programs require a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL exam for admission, applicants who are nominated to the Fulbright Program tend to possess strong English proficiency. However, otherwise qualified Fulbright nominees in need of enhanced English language training may be invited to participate in a Long-Term English (LTE) program. If you participate in an LTE program, you will live on a U.S. university campus and take part in an intensive English language program. This program includes classes and discussion groups that can help improve your English skills, including academic writing. You will also have the opportunity to meet other English language learners from around the world.

In order to be selected for the LTE program, you must first apply to participate in the Fulbright Program. Applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage of consideration for the Fulbright Program may then be selected to participate in an LTE program in order to enhance the applicant's chances of gaining admission to a full-time U.S. graduate program sponsored by the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program will inform you if you are selected for an LTE program. 

LTE programs, which typically begin in January or March, are between six to eight months in duration. Please note that dependents may not accompany LTE nominees to the United States during the LTE program. 

The benefits of Long-Term English programs include:

  • Improving your English language skills
  • Living and studying on a U.S. university campus
  • Receiving full tuition and a monthly living stipend
  • Increasing your TOEFL score and U.S. university admission chances

Learn more about applying to the Fulbright Program. 

Below, read testimonies from Fulbrighters who participated in Long-Term English programs about how it increased their English language skills and enriched their Fulbright experience.


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