FAQ

Background Information About the EHLS Program
What does EHLS stand for?
What is a heritage language?
Who provides the funding for the EHLS program?
Applying for the Program
When is the application deadline?
Where should I send my application materials?
How will I know if my application has been accepted?
I do not have an email account. Do I need to create one in order to apply for the EHLS Program?
My email address will change before the admissions decisions are made. What should I do?
Testing
Who must take the language and computer skills tests?
I live outside the DC metropolitan area. If I am selected for language testing, will I be reimbursed for travel costs to DC?
In which languages will I be tested?
What kinds of computer skills are required for the EHLS program?
EHLS Scholarships
Who is awarded a scholarship for the EHLS program?
How do I apply for a scholarship?
What does an EHLS scholarship provide?
Will my dependents be covered by my student health insurance?
The Service Requirement
What is the EHLS service requirement?
What is the duration of the service requirement?
Am I guaranteed a job after I am finished with the program?
Am I more likely to be hired because of my status as an EHLS scholar?
What am I required to do to find a job that fulfills a service requirement?
How can I identify opportunities that will satisfy the service requirement?
Will I be forced to take an overseas assignment or asked to work in my country of origin?
How much time will I have to fulfill the service requirement?
What if I fail to fulfill the service requirement?
What kinds of job offers do EHLS graduates receive upon graduating?
Which positions satisfy the service requirement?
Attending Georgetown University
As an EHLS scholar, will I have the same privileges as other Georgetown University students?
Do EHLS credits count towards a degree program at Georgetown University?
Are EHLS instructors Georgetown University faculty?
How flexible is the class schedule? Can I take only the courses I need, or adjust my schedule to accommodate personal commitments?
Can I work part-time while I attend the program?
Does Georgetown offer child care facilities for scholars?
Does Georgetown offer prayer facilities for scholars?
Can I park my car in a campus lot?
What is the best way to commute to Georgetown’s campus?
What type of housing is available for EHLS scholars?

 

Background Information About the EHLS Program


What does EHLS stand for?

EHLS stands for the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program.

What is a heritage language?

A heritage language is a person’s home or ancestral language. It may be the language spoken by the person’s family in the past and passed down through generations or the language spoken now in the person’s home or community.

Who provides the funding for the EHLS program?

EHLS is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a part of the Department of Defense.

 

Applying for the Program


When is the application deadline?

Each year the application period is open from February through mid-July, and the deadline is in mid-July. The application for the 2015 program is open now, and the deadline is July 14, 2014.

Where should I send my application materials?

You must submit all of your application materials electronically through the online application system. We do not accept paper applications.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

If your application has been selected to move forward to the language testing stage, you will receive an email from the EHLS Program in early- to mid-September.

I do not have an email account. Do I need to create one in order to apply for the EHLS Program?

Yes. In order to start your online application, you must have an email address. Program staff will use this email address to communicate with you about the status of your application, so be sure to check it regularly.

My email address will change before the admissions decisions are made. What should I do?

We recommend that you do two things:

  1. Set up an automatic message on your current email with your new email address, and
  2. Contact IIE and provide your new email address.

 

Testing


Who must take the language and computer skills tests?

All provisionally-selected applicants must participate in formal language and computer skills testing.

I live outside of the DC metropolitan area. If I am selected for language testing, will I be reimbursed for travel costs to DC?

No. Admissions testing travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

In which languages will I be tested?

You will be assessed in both English and your heritage language. Read a detailed description of these tests in Step 4 of the Application Process.

What kinds of computer skills are required for the EHLS program?

You need at least basic computer skills, such as typing, using a laptop trackpad, and creating and saving files and folders. Take the Computer Skills Self-Assessment.

EHLS Scholarships


Who is awarded a scholarship for the EHLS program?

All applicants who are offered admission to the program are awarded a scholarship.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Complete the EHLS program application to be automatically considered for a scholarship. Read the How to Apply section of this website for specific instructions.

What does an EHLS scholarship provide?

A scholarship provides a stipend of $3,600 per month during the intensive part of the program (January-June), and $1,200 per month during the part-time portion (July-August). All tuition and fees for the program are covered for every scholar, and reimbursement of up to $1,000 in relocation costs is available for scholars from outside the metropolitan Washington area. Additionally, Georgetown University provides each scholar with student health insurance and a laptop computer.

Will my dependents be covered by my student health insurance?

Georgetown pays for EHLS scholars’ individual health insurance. You may choose to add your dependents to your health insurance policy at your own expense.

 

The Service Requirement


What is the EHLS service requirement?

The service requirement is a commitment you make when you accept an EHLS scholarship. When you have completed the EHLS program, you must seek federal employment and work for one year in a position with national security responsibilities.

What is the duration of the service requirement?

The duration of the service requirement is one year. 

Am I guaranteed a job after I am finished with the program? Will there be a job waiting for me?

EHLS does not guarantee you a job after completion of the program. During the program, you will have many opportunities to meet hiring authorities from different federal agencies and you will have support in developing a résumé and applying for positions, but you will be responsible for your own job search.

Am I more likely to be hired because of my status as an EHLS scholar?

Although you are not guaranteed a job with the U.S. government, as an EHLS scholar you will have several advantages over other applicants. These include your specialized training and networking opportunities during the EHLS Program; ongoing assistance from NSEP after you graduate; and special federal hiring exceptions that you will learn about during the program.

What am I required to do to find a job that fulfills the service requirement?

You must create and routinely update an online résumé that will be made available to hiring officials in relevant federal departments and agencies. You must also document your specific efforts to identify employment opportunities in the federal government that would fulfill the EHLS service requirement. These actions will satisfy your obligation to make a full and good faith effort to secure a position in the federal government.

How can I identify opportunities that will satisfy the service requirement?

In the Career Skills course that is part of the intensive program, you will receive guidance on finding and applying for federal job opportunities. In addition, you will receive assistance from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) during and after the program to help identify appropriate federal job opportunities.

Will I be forced to take an overseas assignment or asked to work in my country of origin?

Since you are in control of your own job search, you only need to apply for jobs that you are interested in and comfortable doing. 

How much time will I have to fulfill the service requirement?

You must begin to fulfill the service requirement no later than three years after you complete the EHLS program. 

What if I fail to fulfill the service requirement?

EHLS graduates who fail to demonstrate a full and good faith effort to fulfill the service requirement are required to reimburse the U.S. government for the full amount of assistance provided from the scholarship.

What kinds of job offers do EHLS graduates receive upon graduating?

Past EHLS graduates have been offered positions as linguists, language teachers, cultural advisors, translators, analysts, financial analysts, accountants, and administrators, among others. 

Which positions satisfy the service requirement?

Federal positions with national security responsibilities fulfill the service requirement. Any position in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, or in the Intelligence Community, satisfies this requirement. If you are not successful in identifying positions in these three priority departments or the Intelligence Community, you may pursue employment in any other federal agency, but any position you accept must include national security responsibilities. You may choose to satisfy the service requirement by accepting a suitable paid or unpaid full-time, part-time, temporary, or internship position. Employment in the federal government prior to participating in the program does not count toward fulfilling the service requirement.

 

Attending Georgetown University


As an EHLS scholar, will I have the same privileges as other Georgetown University students?

Yes, EHLS scholars receive a GU identity card and access to student services. See Campus Life.

Do EHLS credits count towards a degree program at Georgetown University?

No, these are non-degree credits and therefore cannot be applied to degree programs.

Are EHLS instructors Georgetown University faculty?

Yes, they are faculty from Georgetown’s Center for Language Education and Development.

How flexible is the class schedule? Can I take only the courses I need, or adjust my schedule to accommodate personal commitments?

You must attend all classes as scheduled to fulfill the EHLS program requirements. Individual scheduling requests cannot be accommodated. Scholars are evaluated on class attendance and participation, among other factors.

Can I work part-time while I attend the program?

During the first six months of the program (January-June), scholars are not permitted to work. The scholarship terms require that you not be employed so that you can concentrate on your studies. However, during the part-time online portion of the program (July-August), you may work if you choose.

Does Georgetown offer child care facilities for scholars?

No, child care facilities are not provided by Georgetown.

Does Georgetown offer prayer facilities for scholars?

Yes. The University has many designated Sacred Spaces on campus.

Can I park my car in a campus lot?

No, there is no student parking on campus.

What is the best way to commute to Georgetown’s campus?

Washington, DC has a variety of convenient public transportation options, including buses, metro rail, and bicycle sharing. Additionally, Georgetown University offers free shuttle buses to connect the campus to nearby metro stations. Many commuters find these systems to be their best option for avoiding traffic and parking costs.

What type of housing is available for EHLS scholars?

Georgetown University’s dorm housing is open only to undergraduates. On-campus housing is not available for EHLS scholars. EHLS scholars must find their own off-campus housing.