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.

Youth Diplomacy and Exchange

Empowering and connecting the next generation of global citizens.

Ghazni Towers Virtual Exhibition
Ghazni Towers Documentation Project

The U.S. Department of State and partners used innovative methods to document the historic Ghazni Towers, one of the last standing monuments from the empire that ruled over most of Asia during the 12th century.


Youth Athletes and Coaches
Have come to the U.S. for a Sports Visitor program since 2002.
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The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.
Are members of the 113th U.S. Congress.
Students with Disabilities
Participated in the A-SMYLE, FLEX, and YES programs in the 2012-2013 school year.
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Hours of community service performed by FLEX students.
Host Parents
Have hosted Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) participants.
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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