Visiting International Teachers

The application period for academic year 2020-2021 is now open.   

The deadline to apply has been extended to April 6, 2020.


Visiting International Teacher Programs

Ohio’s visiting international teacher programs support the State Board of Education’s vision that Ohio learners be “workforce ready and successfully participate in the global economy as productive citizens.”  These programs support the State Board’s objective of “teaching 21st Century knowledge and skills for real-word success” by:

  • Providing students with quality world language and cultural instruction from native language speakers and cultural experts;
  • Providing Ohio schools and districts with a source of highly-qualified world language educators during an unprecedented world language teacher shortage; and
  • Supporting the implementation of Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages.
Ohio’s programs are designed purposefully to:
  • Promote strong ties between the citizens of Ohio and the citizens in our partner territories;
  • Foster knowledge and appreciation of each other’s cultures;
  • Provide students who enroll in these programs with bilingual and multicultural education opportunities that train them for future personal, academic and professional success;
  • Provide professional growth opportunities to teachers from Ohio and abroad; and
  • Serve as a key element in Ohio’s federal educator equity plan.

Spanish Visiting Teacher Program

To provide quality instruction in Spanish from native speakers of the language and to promote rich cross-cultural exchange, Ohio has a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education of Spain that facilitates the placement of visiting educators from Spain in Ohio schools. To understand the various program requirements and to access a copy of the contract host districts are required to sign if they decide to host a visiting teacher through this program, click here.

Chinese Guest Teacher Program

The Ohio Department of Education partners with the College Board/NCSSFL/Hanban Guest Teacher Program to place highly qualified Chinese language and culture teachers in Ohio schools and districts. Schools and districts apply to participate in the program in January for the following school year. The Department screens all Ohio-based applications and works with College Board to recruit teachers in mainland China on behalf of local districts in early March based on the information they provide in their applications. ODE consultants ensure that candidates qualify for licensure in Ohio as well as J-1 visa sponsorship. Teachers are then assigned to work in prospective host districts for a period of up to 3 years. One unique aspect of this program is that the guest teachers’ salaries and health insurance benefits are partially subsidized by the program, which provides districts with a low-cost option for staffing new Chinese programs or expanding pre-existing ones. Specific information about this program can be found here.

Teacher Exchange Program with France

Teacher-for-teacher exchanges are facilitated by the Ohio Department of Education’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Académie de Rouen in Northern France. The program seeks to identify teachers in Ohio and France that can exchange positions for one or more years. Ohio teachers going to France must demonstrate advanced proficiency in French, while teachers coming to Ohio must be highly fluent in English. Teachers continue to be paid and insured by their home institutions while working abroad. The Department sponsors the required J-1 visa under authority of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. For additional information, contact

Visiting Chinese Teacher from Taiwan Program

The Department partners with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education to bring highly qualified Chinese language and culture teachers for placement in Ohio schools and districts for a period of up to 3 years. Districts apply to host a teacher during the winter prior to the school year for which the teacher is needed. The Department reviews the application, and then the district works directly with the TECO office to recruit a teacher. The Department then verifies the selected candidates’ eligibility for J-1 visa sponsorship and Ohio’s 3-Year Visiting International Teacher License. Note: this program does not provide a salary subsidy like the College Board/NCSSFL/Hanban program. Host districts pay a salary and benefits commiserate with a candidate’s level of education and years of prior experience. The Department sponsors the required J-1 visa under authority of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. For additional information, contact

Financial Disclosure for Visiting Teachers Coming to Ohio

The Department has prepared a financial disclosure statement for visiting international teachers in compliance with federal regulations for J-1 visa sponsoring organizations. This statement will be useful to overseas educators who might be considering Ohio as a potential visiting teacher program destination by providing a basic understanding of the financial circumstances that might be encountered while living and working in Ohio. These factors include expected earning potential, typical payroll deductions and anticipated living expenses. The salary ranges, deductions and costs described in this disclosure represent statewide averages based on market research conducted in January 2017. Actual figures might vary greatly by region of the state and may be less than or exceed the estimated ranges listed.

Contact for more information about all programs.

Last Modified: 3/30/2020 2:39:16 PM