UM Welcomes Fulbright Professors to Campus

August 31, 2016

Karoline FuchsMISSOULA – This week two international language teachers joined the University of Montana as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants.

Karoline Fuchs from Austria is teaching first-year German, and Martina Fontanarosa from Italy is teaching first-year Italian. The FLTA recipients also will take courses at UM during the 2016-17 academic year while sharing their language and culture with UM.

“We are happy to once again be able to host FLTAs at UM and are thrilled to be able to welcome an assistant from Italy for the first time,” said Liz Ametsbichler, UM Fulbright Program adviser.

Fuchs and Fontanarosa are among nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the United States through the Fulbright FLTA Program, which aims to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments and organizations abroad. Fulbright teaching assistants help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for a 21st century workforce and globalized world.

Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Fulbright FLTA scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Martina Fontanarosa

This academic year the grant recipients will contribute to U.S. students acquiring more than 30 foreign languages at over 200 U.S. institutions. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, universities, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program has given about 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  Since 2001, more than 4,000 Fulbright awardees have been Fulbright FLTAs.

Fulbright FLTA recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright FLTA Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For more information on UM’s visiting Fulbright instructors, call Ametsbichler at 406-243-5001 or email liz.ametsbichler@mso.umt.edu.   

For further information about the Fulbright FLTA Program, call the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at 202-632-6452, email ECA-Press@state.gov or visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/.

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Contact: Liz Ametsbichler, UM Fulbright Program adviser, 406-243-5001, liz.ametsbichler@mso.umt.edu.