US Opens Fulbright Program in Croatia

The US State Department announced that The Fulbright Program for Secondary STEM Teachers in Croatia is now open.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield announced at the US-Croatia Forum that the Fulbright Program will bring six-week programs of peer learning and leadership development to Croatian STEM teachers.

The announcement came as the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the United States and Croatia was celebrated, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Croatia.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a tweet that “Croatians have welcomed thousands of Ukrainian refugees and provided security assistance and humanitarian aid to those still in Ukraine. On the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Croatia ties, in the face of today’s new challenges, the shared values connecting us are especially evident.”

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program brings 200 teachers from 70 countries to the United States each year for six-week seminars.

The Fulbright Program will collaborate with American host universities including the Appalachian State University in North Carolina, the California State University, the Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of Wisconsin along with numerous other universities.

According to the US State Department, each year the visiting teachers visit at least 75 local K-12 schools across the United States, amassing 15,000 American children.

Since its establishment in 1992, more than 300 Croatians have received Fulbright scholarships, including a former president.

The Croatian STEM teachers will commence the program in January 2023.

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