The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.

Since the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, ECA has strived to develop positive relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through partnerships and opportunities of educational, cultural and professional exchanges.

To learn more about ECA and its projects, please visit: https://eca.state.gov/about-bureau