« [It] allowed me to meet students from all over the world who were studying in Tarbes. »

Stephanie Beer, US Exchange Teacher, 2011 ESOL Teacher Lycée Théophile Gautier I was part of the last cohort of the Franco-American Teachers in Training Institute. We spent the first three weeks of our grant studying French language and culture at the CLA in the beautiful city of Besancon. After, I was the only grantee sent… Lire la suite « [It] allowed me to meet students from all over the world who were studying in Tarbes. »

« Aside from the academic and professional experience and benefits, the Fulbright grant also helped me realize a 40-year dream on a personal level »

Senem Bakar, US Fulbright International Education Administrator, 2017 Aside from the academic and professional experience and benefits, the Fulbright grant also helped me realize a 40-year dream on a personal level. I am of Turkish heritage and my father taught in Paris between 1978-83 during which time he used to write me many letters. In… Lire la suite « Aside from the academic and professional experience and benefits, the Fulbright grant also helped me realize a 40-year dream on a personal level »

« My experience with the Fulbright IEA Program in France was unforgettable and transformative »

Cynthia Fountaine, US Fulbright International Education Administrators, 2015 My experience with the Fulbright IEA Program in France was unforgettable and transformative. Our outstanding group of US academic administrators made lasting friendships and we keep in touch still today. I learned a great deal about French higher education and culture, and was able to bring back… Lire la suite « My experience with the Fulbright IEA Program in France was unforgettable and transformative »

« I got to have a more hands-on experience than I ever anticipated »

Steven Isaac, US Researcher, 2010 Université de Poitiers History, « Urban Experience of Siege in the Twelfth Century » While I went to Poitiers in order to dive into their rich holdings of medieval charters, I got to have a more hands-on experience than I ever anticipated, both during the Fulbright itself, plus in the years afterward… Lire la suite « I got to have a more hands-on experience than I ever anticipated »

« France and the French have been a life-long passion that has deepened my understanding of my own nation and culture, its strengths and weaknesses »

Mary Lynn Weiss, US Researcher, 2001 Centre d’Etudes afro-américaines, Université de Paris VII My interest in France began in my childhood. France always felt like the country of my choice, if not my birth. My Father was a foreigner, a person ‘displaced » by WW II. He was a gifted linguist and during the War, he… Lire la suite « France and the French have been a life-long passion that has deepened my understanding of my own nation and culture, its strengths and weaknesses »

« All of these activities provided me with an invaluable cultural experience »

Paul Williard, US Researcher, 2015 Laboratoire COBRA, Université de Rouen Chemistry, « Development of Structure Analysis for Organometallics »   I rented a small dwelling listed as a Gites-de-France in a completely residential neighborhood on the city border of Rouen. While this was somewhat isolated it was very useful in providing me with the opportunity to negotiate… Lire la suite « All of these activities provided me with an invaluable cultural experience »

« [It] allowed me in turn to renew and deepen my academic connections in France »

John Mason, US Researcher, 1999 Groupe Sociologie de Défense, EHESS, Paris As a member of the DSA/USA (Democrat Scoialists of America), I have maintained a long relationship with the Foundations and International Departments of the French Socialist Party, Fondation Jean Jaures, and of the PCF and La Fondation Gabriel Peri, and made several presentations at… Lire la suite « [It] allowed me in turn to renew and deepen my academic connections in France »

« I really do love the experiences in France and value them greatly. »

Jay Baltisberger, US Researcher, 2001-2002 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon) I went to France to study NMR spectroscopy with Lyndon Emsley at the ENS-Lyon. I was impressed at the degree of diversity in his lab and made many friends. The work was productive until I had to leave early for my wife’s health (lymphoma)… Lire la suite « I really do love the experiences in France and value them greatly. »

« Our exchange [was] successful »

Sandra Reynold, US Exchange Teacher, 2002 Lycée Charles Baudelaire Assistant Professor of French, Raritan Valley Community College I was an exchange teacher to Annecy, France in 2002-2003. I took my 2 children aged 8 and 11. They had had no prior exposure to French but spoke Spanish well since my then husband was Salvadoran. He also… Lire la suite « Our exchange [was] successful »

« It changed my perspective on everything »

Richard Coupe, US 2014-2015 University of Strasbourg “I always thought that I have sympathy for immigrants who come to the US, but I still resented their seemingly inability or lack of wanting to learn English. For god sakes they came to this country the first thing they should do is learn English. But, the first… Lire la suite « It changed my perspective on everything »