What is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)?


President Trump’s National Security
Strategy pledges that we will facilitate the cultural, educational, and people to
people exchanges that create the networks of current and future political, civil society, and educational leaders who will extend a free and prosperous world. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between Americans and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional, and private exchanges as well as public-private partnerships and cultural heritage preservation programs. The Bureau supports more than 300,000 exchanges each year, including students and professionals to the United States and Americans going abroad. We focus on promoting American interests through
programs on key global issues. The Trump administration places entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation at the very heart of our economic agenda. There’s so many people that need our help, and sometimes you want to be that person that’s everywhere. When you’re in a network, you don’t need
to be everywhere. Together we can do it all. There are 99 women who have lived this GSMP experience. It is that these 99 women have directly impacted more than 225,000 lives, around the world in more than 55 countries. American diplomats go to work each day to represent the United States all around the world. American students studying abroad also play a key role as citizen ambassadors. They tell the American story and demonstrate American values and ideals to the entire world.

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