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>> Secretary of State Colin L. Powell recognizes the efforts of ECA CultureConnect Ambassadors
On Monday, December 13, Secretary Powell recognized the efforts of our CultureConnect Ambassadors in a special ceremony at the Department of State. These talented Americans, our first group of "Cultural Ambassadors" under the CultureConnect program, have given generously of their time and talents over the course of the last year, traveling to countries around the globe to engage with the successor generation through their art, music, and work. To learn more, visit

Also read about the CultureConnect Envoys, former Georgetown University basketball players, who have been traveling the world to reach out to youth through basketball:

>> Remarks by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell at the Kennedy Center Honors
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell noted the impact of ECA's CultureConnect program during his remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors dinner in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department. More

>> ECA Sponsors “Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities”
In tribute to the International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S Department of State is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a new book promoting international opportunities for people with disabilities titled “Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities.” More

>> Assistant Secretary of State Patricia Harrison Participates in an Online Chat about International Education and Exchange
On Monday, November 29, 2004, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Patricia Harrison spent an hour online chatting with members of the public about international education and exchange on the website. More

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs. The bureau does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences.

The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators. This site includes Fulbright Commissions and other information on the program.

EducationUSA promotes U.S. higher education abroad, supports overseas advising centers, collaborates with U.S. educational organizations to strengthen international exchange, and manages the Gilman study abroad scholarship program.

The Office of English Language Programs creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs overseas to promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Staff, including overseas-based Regional English Language Officers, plan, conduct and support programs sponsored by American Embassies and Consulates.

Programs for Eurasia and Southeast Europe include activities involving individual fellowships or institutional linkages.

Requests for Grant Proposals announce the latest bureau funding opportunities for academic, and non-profit institutions seeking exchanges and training grants.

The Humphrey Fellowships bring mid-level professionals from developing countries to the United States for a year of academic study and professional experiences.

Study of the U.S. promotes better understanding of the U.S. through Summer Institutes for foreign university faculty. This site also contains an extensive number of links to on-line American Studies resources.

Educational Partnerships Program supports educational linkages between U.S. and foreign post-secondary institutions through faculty and staff exchanges on themes of mutual interest.

The International Visitor Leadership Program brings participants to the U.S. to meet and confer with professional counterparts and to experience firsthand the U.S. and its institutions.

The Office of Citizen Exchanges develops professional, cultural and youth programs with nonprofit American institutions, including voluntary community organizations, professional associations, and universities. Thematic categories for grants include civil society, NGO development, civic education, media development, judicial training, intellectual property rights, and public administration among other themes. The office has three geographic divisions — Europe/Eurasia; Near East, South Asia and Africa; and Western Hemisphere and East Asia — as well as divisions for youth and cultural, including ECA's CultureConnect web site.

International Cultural Property Protection represents U.S. responsibilities in protecting the cultural patrimony of other countries.

The Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, established by Congress for the fiscal year 2001, aims to assist less developed countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.

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