Austrian Teaching Assistants (USTA)

National deadline: January 15, 2015 (application opens Nov. 15, 2014)

Eligibility requirements:
·       Bachelor's degree
·       No older than 29 at the time of application
·       U.S. citizen
·       Working knowledge of German

Award summary and conditions:  Since 1963, this program has provided college and university graduates with the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in secondary schools across Austria. U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they also are important resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and representatives of the United States. This program is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, and applications are administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). Although the participants in this program make a substantial contribution to the fulfillment of the Fulbright mandate of promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of Austria and the United States, this teaching assistantship program is not part of the official Fulbright Grant Programs.

U.S. teaching assistants are assigned to one or two Austrian secondary schools and required to assist teachers of English in classroom instruction 13 hours per week. Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree and be interested in careers in education. Prospective teachers of German or TESOL and/or graduates with a documented interest in Austrian studies are particularly encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of German is required and necessary to facilitate classroom work.

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture works with provincial school boards to place approximately 130 U.S. teaching assistants at schools in all nine Austrian provinces. Applicants may request to be assigned to particular city or region, however, the number of teaching positions available in larger metropolitan areas, such as Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and Innsbruck, is limited. Therefore applicants should also be prepared to accept teaching positions in smaller communities.

U.S. teaching assistants are employed from October 1 - May 31 of the school year. They are required to attend an orientation seminar held during the last week of September before beginning their assignments. U.S. teaching assistants with a superior record of performance may apply to have their assistantships extended for a second year.
Teaching assistants receive a monthly gross salary of about €1,367 from which deductions for mandatory compulsory health and accident insurance and Austrian income tax are made, resulting in a net salary of ca. €1,100. Teaching assistants do not receive any additional support for travel to Austria or for dependents.

Electronic application process:  The following documents are required in the application process and must be uploaded as a PDF file before the end of the application deadline:
·       Signed application form
·       Curriculum vitae
·       Proof of German proficiency
·       Current (or final) transcript
·       Personal statement
·       Two letters of recommendation

Complete applications for 2015/16 will be accepted starting November 15, 2014 with a deadline of January 15, 2015.

Faculty representative:  Keith Raether

Selection process:  Finalists will be informed in late April about their status and may plan on having a teaching assistantship position in Austria. A non-refundable administrative fee of US $100 is due to the Fulbright Commission upon acceptance of the position.

Contact information:  https://www.usta-austria.at/site/programdescription/program