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Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program – Spring 2024
December 14, 2023

The OPEN Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

There are eleven global courses available for the Spring 2024 Term:

  • English for Media Literacy as a 21st Century Skill
  • Teaching for the Future: English Teaching to Take on Climate Change
  • Developing and Teaching Academic Writing Courses
  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively
  • TESOL Methodology Integrating Critical Thinking Skills in an EFL Setting
  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
  • Creating and Implementing Online Courses
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Fostering Student Engagement and Motivation
  • Teaching for the Future: English Teaching to Take on Climate Change (TFF)

You can see description of each course here.

For more information on these opportunities, please see the Application Process section below.

Important Information:

  • This is an online, non-degree program.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and become official ECA International Exchange Alumni.
  • The program lasts for eight weeks.
  • Spring 2024 term program dates are April 9, 2024 – June 3, 2024.
  • The orientation will be accessible from March 4, 2024 – March 29,2024.
  • Applications for the Spring 2024 term are due by January 21,2024, at 11:59pm local time. (See the application form below.)



Candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in the nominating country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) at the time of the course
  • Not hold dual citizenship in the United States
  • 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
  • Have the ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (an advanced level of reading and writing in English, roughly equivalent to CEFR B2)
  • Have at least 8-10 hours per week available to complete coursework
  • Have the ability to type in English well enough to participate in online discussions and submit written assignments in a timely manner
  • Be highly motivated English language professionals such as teachers, teacher trainers, or ministry officials who are dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues
  • Be highly committed to completing the course
  • Have an understanding of English technical terms relating to computers and the Internet
  • Have regular access (4-5 times/week) to a reliable, up-to-date computer with high-speed internet connectivity


Application Process:

Interested applicants must apply to the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina using the application forms available for download.

Candidates must email their completed applications to bhexc@state.gov with the subject line “Candidate Last, First Name Spring 2024 term OPEN Program”.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. local time on January 21, 2024.

For more program information, please visit the OPEN program website.

For questions about this program or the application process, please e-mail the exchange program coordinator at bhexc@state.gov. When emailing, use the subject line: “2024 Spring Term OPEN Program.”