Our Exchange Programs

Our exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries. In addition to exchange programs, ECA also administers a variety of other initiatives that support cultural understanding by protecting cultural heritage across the globe, and providing educational resources for people interested in learning about American culture and the English language.

AP Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais
United States Expands Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

President Obama announced the expansion of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at a town hall in Rangoon, Burma.

Photo Credit: AP Photo, Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Youth Diplomacy and Exchange

Empowering and connecting the next generation of global citizens.

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1,124
Youth Athletes and Coaches
Have come to the U.S. for a Sports Visitor program since 2002.
155+
Countries
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The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.
46
Alumni
Are members of the 113th U.S. Congress.
29
Students with Disabilities
Participated in the A-SMYLE, FLEX, and YES programs in the 2012-2013 school year.
1 Million
Hours
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Hours of community service performed by FLEX students.
22,000
Host Parents
Have hosted Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) participants.
1,000
fellows
Professional Fellows traveled to the U.S. for an exchange program in 2011.

In their own words

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Shavia W. Participant United States Critical Language Scholarship Program China Read the story

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