Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program

At-a-Glance

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes and online professional development programming for teachers through FHI360. 

OPEN Program Courses:

  • Introduce and explore current methodological concepts and issues in the English as a Foreign Language field
  • Provide an innovative distance-learning experience that uses the latest technology
  • Connect participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues

See Program Details for more information.

Program Length

8 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Candidates should be highly motivated teachers, teacher trainers, or ministry officials who are both dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues. Qualified candidates should:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in the nominating country at the time of the course
  • Not hold dual citizenship in the United States
  • Have the ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (CEFR  approximately B2)
  • Have at least 8-10 hours per week to devote to coursework
  • Have regular access (4-5 times per week) to a reliable, internet-enabled device
  • Have an understanding of English technical terms 
  • Have basic technology skills related to creating usernames and passwords, using credentials to log in to secured websites, using email, searching the internet, and accessing  and managing electronic files (e.g., pdf, MS Word, Excel), including downloading and uploading files. 
  • Have the ability to type in English well enough to participate in online discussions and submit written assignments in a timely manner

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program is open to non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States. For Global Online Courses, the program is open by nomination only. Interested English language professionals should contact the Public Affairs section of their local U.S. Embassy or their Regional English Language Office for up-to-date information. U.S. Embassies manage the selection and nomination of candidates. The Office of English Language Programs does not accept direct applications.

The OPEN Program Courses are freely open for any interested participants. For more information about the OPEN Program, please visit the OPEN Program website https://www.openenglishprograms.org/.

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program is open to non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States. The program is open by nomination only. Interested English language professionals should contact the Public Affairs section of their local U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information. U.S. Embassies manage the selection and nomination of candidates.

The Office of English Language Programs does not accept direct applications.

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