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.

ECA History

Learn about the history of exchange programs and ECA. 

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Host an Exchange Student

Host an exchange program student. Learn how you can expand your world!


American English

Desk with old typewriter, book, and paper and the title graphic on topA resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture.




For past and present U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants.




Photo of man on stage in front of audienceDesigns, pilots, and spreads new ways to further educational and cultural diplomacy. 



Cultural Heritage Center

Photo of chc painting The protection and preservation of cultural resources.

Disabilities in Exchange Programs

IVLP ParticipantInclusion of U.S. citizens and citizens abroad with disabilities.



educationusa adviserHelping students find information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities.



Photo of MOOC participants in discussion during classFacilitated discussions around massive open online courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware, and other free online courses.


Host a High School Student

family photoLearn how you can host a student on a U.S. Department of State exchange program.


Professional Partnership Initiatives

photo of professionals Long-standing partnerships with organizations that advance foreign relations and people-to-people diplomacy.


Sports Diplomacy

The universal passion for sports is a way to transcend differences and bring people together.


Study Abroad

study abroad participant Study abroad resources for governments and institutions, plus info for students.


Women's Empowerment

womenLearn about women's empowerment initiatives. 


100,000 Strong

In initiative to increase international study in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Exchange Programs

are current or former heads of state and government.
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The Fulbright Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Non-Elite Youth Athletes and Coaches
Around the world have come to the U.S. for a Sports Visitor program since 2002.
Current or former members of the U.S. Congress
have participated in a DOS sponsored exchange program.
Students with Disabilities
Participated in the A-SMYLE, FLEX, and YES programs in the 2012-2013 school year.
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Community service performed by FLEX students over time.
Host Parents
Have hosted Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) participants.