The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is part of the Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs branch of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau is made up of several offices that work to properly execute our programs, distribute resources, and carry out our mission.

Bureau Offices
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Office of Academic Exchange Programs

The Office of Academic Exchange Programs provides opportunities for international study and research from the undergraduate through postdoctoral and professional levels.
 

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The Office of Alumni Affairs

The Office of Alumni Affairs cultivates and extends the impact of U.S. government funded and sponsored educational and cultural exchange programs through continued engagement with alumni of these programs. This dynamic global network of millions of Exchange Alumni includes current and former heads of state, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Olympic athletes, award-winning artists, and untold numbers of community leaders and changemakers around the world.

The Office of Alumni Affairs collaborates with U.S. embassies and consulates abroad to leverage the expertise, energy, and enthusiasm of exchange alumni in support of shared goals. Every day, exchange alumni make a difference in their communities and around the world, in health care, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, volunteerism, the democratic process, technology, and much more.

Office of Alumni Affairs Goals

  • Provide alumni with tools and funding opportunities to engage their local communities in support of mutual goals.
  • Connect with alumni to enhance their professional development.
  • Help facilitate strong alumni networks.
  • Support dialogue with alumni to enhance our understanding of local environments and inform policy-making.

You can read this State Magazine article to learn more about the Office of Alumni Affairs and the impact of ECA's global #ExchangeAlumni network. Contact exchangealumni@state.gov for additional information or to subscribe to our international and U.S. newsletters.

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The Office of American Spaces

The Office of American Spaces oversees a network of 600+ open-access cultural centers located in more than 140 countries. These technologically-equipped Spaces share American culture and values with foreign audiences by providing access to free resources and conducting strategic programs.

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Office of Citizen Exchanges

The Office of Citizen Exchanges gives American and foreign participants the opportunity to gain knowledge and share their expertise and experience through professional, youth, cultural and sports exchange programs.
Tel: 202-632-6445
E-mail: professionalexchange@state.gov

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Office of English Language Programs

The Office of English Language Programs designs and manages programs to promote language learning and support the teaching of English in countries around the world in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. These programs are administered through local American Embassies and Consulates and are overseen by Regional English Language Officers.

E-mail: americanenglish@state.gov

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Office of Global Educational Programs

The Office of Global Educational Programs administers several programs that support or encourage the exchange of teachers, students, and non-academic professionals.
Tel: 202-632-6338

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Office of International Visitors

The Office of International Visitors, now in its 70th year, brings professionals from all over the world to the U.S. to meet with their counterparts and experience the U.S. firsthand.

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Office of Policy and Evaluation

The Office of Policy and Evaluation works to ensure quality and consistency within ECA programs by evaluating the impact of Bureau programs and preparing annual and periodic performance measurement reports. The office also houses the Bureau’s Cultural Heritage Center.
Tel: (202) 632-6301

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Office of Private Sector Exchange

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange works with academic institutions, educational and cultural organizations, corporations and other government agencies to administer the Exchange Visitor Program.
Tel: (202) 632-2805
E-mail: jvisas@state.gov

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Featured: Office of Citizen Exchanges

The Office of Citizen Exchanges gives American and foreign participants the opportunity to gain knowledge and share their expertise and experience through professional, youth, cultural and sports exchange programs.

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