Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) Program

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program TEA international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six‐week non‐degree, non‐credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants will also  participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 75 teachers each in spring or fall 2019.

Upon returning home, TEA program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow‐on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their U.S. experience.

The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participant’s home country;
  • Round-trip airfare from your home city to and within the U.S. (for participation in the program);
  • A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
  • Academic program fees;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals;
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage;
  • Transportation to the internship school (if necessary);
  • A daily allowance for meals and incidentals during the academic program;
  • A book/professional development allowance;
  • A baggage allowance for fees incurred during program travel;
  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and
  • The opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.

Paper and online applications deadline: 5:00 PM, April 5, 2018. Applicants can submit paper or online application.

Link to online application:


Paper applications for the TEA can be printed out here (PDF 743 KB).

Institutional Support and Reference Form (PDF 83 KB) and Leave Approval Form (PDF 270 KB) must be also submitted!

Paper applications should be submitted to: 171 Prospect Mira, PAS, U.S. Embassy, Bishkek 720016

Additional information can be obtained at:
Phone: (312) 597000 ; e-mail : USKGCulturalAffairs@state.gov

TEA Program Announcement in PDF format is here (PDF 52 KB).