When applying to the USTA program, it is important to remember that not all USTAs teach English in Vienna, Salzburg, or other larger cities in this Alpine country. In fact, USTAs are placed in communities large and small, in urban and rural settings in all nine Austrian provinces.
Fulbright Austria solicits information on placement preferences during the application process in order to facilitate matching finalists as closely as possible with job assignments that best correspond to their interests. However, it is not always possible to place teaching assistants based on their preferences; as such, it is important to remain flexible and open to areas of Austria not indicated in you preferences.
When completing your online application to be a teaching assistant in Austria, you can list up to two Austrian provinces you would prefer or inform us that you do not have any particular preferences. You can also describe the general setting or region you would prefer (e.g. mountainous, rural, near a university, etc.). Again, given that the number of openings to teach English in Innsbruck, Graz, Linz, etc., are limited, we encourage you to be flexible in your preferences but will do our best to meet any preferences you indicate.
Furthermore, when it comes to teaching English at schools in Austria, there is a wide variety of secondary-school types with specialized curricula. Here too you can indicate a preference by specifying a particular type of school that best matches your interests and qualifications. Be sure to read our section on Austrian schools for more information about the various school types in Austria.