The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers many programs for non-U.S. citizens wishing to come to the U.S. for cultural, educational, or professional exchange. View the complete list below.

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A New Beginning
A New Beginning builds ties between American entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from around the globe. Each year, the initiative brings 30 leading entrepreneurs to the United States to exchange best practices with American business owners, investors, government officials, educators and other business stakeholders.

African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)
AWEP is a State Department initiative to identify and build networks of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa who are poised to transform their communities by owning; running; and operating small and medium businesses, and to drive social and economic progress in their communities and countries.

American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
American Council of Young Political Leaders programs provide a chance for people to come to the U.S. to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship and to cultivate long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow's global leaders and policy makers.

American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange
American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) participants spend an academic year in the United States, living with American host families and attending high school.

Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes
The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes are intensive academic institutes hosted by a U.S. college or university.

Center Stage
Center Stage demonstrates America’s respect for other cultures by providing unique opportunities for international performing artists to engage with diverse communities throughout the United States and offers Americans the chance to grow in understanding and appreciation of other nations.

Chris Stevens Youth Network
The Chris Stevens Youth Network provides specialized trainings in digital dialogue and online media sharing, discussions on global issues, and community building to schools in the United States and Middle East and North Africa region. The program promotes peace and conflict resolution through a combination of a person-to-person group exchanges and a virtual exchange.

Community College Initiative Program
The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides opportunities for individuals from countries including Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa and Turkey to develop leadership, professional skills and English language proficiency, while studying at a community college in the United States.

Community Solutions
The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues.

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E-Teacher Scholarship Program
The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English teaching professionals living outside of the United States the opportunity to take one of seven innovative, online graduate level classes through the University of Oregon.

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program
The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides fellowships for Master’s degree-level study to emerging leaders from Eurasia for study in the United States in several fields.

Educational Seminars for Teachers and Administrators
The Educational Seminars elementary and secondary school teachers and school administrators with opportunities to improve their understanding of U.S. and international educational practices and approaches. The three-to-eight-week long seminars are offered in Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Thailand and Uruguay.

Edward R. Murrow Program
Each year, the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings more than 100 emerging international journalists from around the world to examine journalistic practices in the United States.

EMPOWER Program
The EMPOWER programs supports professional exchanges designed to bolster disability rights around the world.

English Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions.

Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership
Connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world, who are between the ages of 25-43, with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a month-long internship program.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program sends select U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months and brings international teachers to the United States for a semester.

Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence (EUSIR) Program
The Fulbright EUSIR Program aims to strengthen U.S. expertise in EU Affairs. The program brings scholars and professionals from EU countries to U.S. college and university campuses for semester-long grants to give guest lectures and seminars, consult with faculty and students on research, engage in collaborative study and provide outreach to neighboring institutions and the local community.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
The Fulbright FLTA Program provides young teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.

Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program
The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
U.S. institutions of higher education may submit proposals to host Fulbright lecturers from abroad for one or both semesters in an academic year.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to a full academic year.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq brings Iraqi scholars in selected fields to U.S. institutions.

Future Leaders Exchange
The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program gives students the chance to live with a host family and attend a U.S. high school for a year.

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Global Connections and Exchange
The Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) Program supports collaboration and online linkages among students, educators, and community youth leaders from U.S. and overseas secondary schools and youth organizations.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGrad) provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from East Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia and the Western Hemisphere.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals.

International Leaders in Education Program
ILEP brings outstanding secondary school teachers from the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere to the United States to enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

International Writing Program Between the Lines 

Young writers come to the University of Iowa for a two week program full of creative writing study and cultural interaction.

International Writing Program Fall Residency
Writers gather in Iowa City for this 10-week residency to work on personal creative writing projects, to give readings and lectures, and to interact with American audiences and literary communities across the U.S.

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Jóvenes en Acción (Youth In Action)
The Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) Program provides high school students from Mexico the opportunity to spend one month in the United States to build leadership, communication, English language, and community engagement skills.

Junior Faculty Development Program
The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) offers fellowships to university instructors at early stages of their careers. Fellows acquire an understanding of the U.S. educational system and develop collaborative projects that link their home and host institutions.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)
The YES program allows students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one U.S. academic year.

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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders from sub-Saharan African countries to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training with the goal of creating unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Museums Connect
Museums Connect is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.

OneBeat
Encouraging cross-cultural understanding by illustrating ways music can be used to foster positive community engagement.

Pakistan Professional Partnership Program in Journalism
This program provides participants with an in-depth look at U.S. media practices, while also exposing them to American life and culture.

Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program
The Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program
The Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

Professional Fellows Media Program
The Professional Fellows Media Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

Professional Fellows Rule of Law Program
The Professional Fellows Rule of Law Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

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Sports Visitor Program
Sports Visitors are young non-elite athletes and coaches chosen by U.S. missions overseas to visit the United States for a fast-paced two week exchange program.

Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars
Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars are designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas.

Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders
Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders are five-to-six-week academic programs for foreign undergraduate leaders.

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Teachers of Critical Languages Program
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) brings teachers from China and Egypt to eligible U.S. elementary and secondary schools to teach Chinese and Arabic for an academic year.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
International secondary school teachers participate in a six-week professional development program in the United States.

TechGirls
TechGirls aims to inspire girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development.

TechWomen
Empowering women leaders in the technology field by bringing together women in Northern California with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies.

Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program
The Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP), part of the Department of State’s Thomas Jefferson Scholarships, offers full, one-year scholarships for young Tunisians studying at technical schools (ISETs) in Tunisia.

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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)
The YES program allows students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one U.S. academic year.

Youth Ambassadors
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service.

Youth Leadership Programs
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service.

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In their own words

The Teacher Who Never Stopped Learning - Participant Story - E-Teacher Scholarship Program
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For me, having a friendship family has been the best way to learn about American English and the United States culture and history. Quote from Emre A., Community College Initiative Program Participant

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