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Fellowships & Service Opportunities: Teach Abroad

Post-undergraduate opportunities for studying and volunteering abroad and domestically.

France: TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) program

Assist an English teacher in a French elementary or secondary school, 12 hours per week for 7 months, from October 1 through April 30. Stipend to cover living expenses (appx. 790 euros/month net) and free health insurance. Competitive application process (national).



Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with valid green card. French nationals and French-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply.


Must be between 20 and 30 years old on the start date of the teaching contract (October 1st) and be a college senior or recent graduate.


Must have completed at least 3 years of higher education by the start date of the program (October 1st).

Background: Must have completed the majority of one’s elementary, secondary, and university studies in the United States.

Language Skills:

Must be a native speaker of English. French proficiency required (minimum B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Candidates without a major or minor in French may apply provided they have a basic proficiency in French. Special consideration is given to future teachers of French in the United States. 


Elizabeth Blood

Professor, World Languages & Cultures



Videos from a Salem State Student's ('16) TAPIF Experience

Italy: Teaching Assistantship Program in Lombardy, Italy

The Lombardy program also called SITE (Study Intercultural Training Experience) is an internship opportunity for English-speaking senior students or recent graduates (within the past 18 mos.) who wish to assist Italian teachers in the teaching of English (TA) and get a better understandign of Italian language and culture.   Approximately 12 hours of instruction per week plus 13 hours supplementary activities. Monthly scholarship (appx. 600 euros/month  net) Four months to a full academic year (October-May).

At least two assistantships are reserved for SSU students each academicyear.


  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Motivation and character of the applicant are crucial.


  • Status as a B.A. student (Italian major or minor preferred), recently graduated (within the past 18 months at the time of application) or as an M.A or Ph.D. student specializing in Italian language and culture. In absence of such preferred requisites, completion of at least 3 semesters of University level Italian with a minimum of "B" is required. If not the case, proof of the equivalent proficiency and knowledge of Italian will be considered at the discretion of the selecting institution and the program coordinators 
  • See website for more info.


Anna Rocca

Professor, World Languages & Cultures


Additional teaching/internships suggested by the World Languages and Cultures Department at SSU

Other teaching/internship programs:


Spain: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

Assist an English or French teacher in an elementary, secondary or language school, 12-16 hours per week. The program is a full academic year, October through May. Stipend to cover living expenses (700-1,000 euros/month) and free health insurance. Competitive application process (US and Canada).


  • be a US or Canadian citizen, no age requirement (except for Madrid, max age 35)
  • be a junior, senior or recent graduate of a BA or BS program
  • have English or French as a first language
  • be able to pass a medical exam and background check
  • must have at least basic proficiency in Spanish.


Fatima Serra

Professor, World Languages & Cultures


Additional prestigious scholarships suggested by the World Languages and Cultures Department at SSU

Prestigious scholarships for language study:

  • Gilman International Scholarship: study abroad fellowships (up to $5,000): scholarships for students with high financial need (Federal Pell Grant recipients) to study abroad; may be combined with a Critical Language Scholarship, if studying one of the critical languages 
  • Boren Scholarship: Awards of $8,000 (summer)  to $20,000 (full year) to study abroad in areas critical to US interests, funded by the National Security Education Program. Must commit to seeking work with the federal government after graduation.