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Education & Exchanges

Overview

Learn, exchange, grow, and serve. The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for non-U.S. citizens wishing to come to the U.S. for cultural, educational, or professional exchange. These programs are augmented by local opportunities in countries around that world that allow non-U.S. citizens to explore U.S. culture and the English language.

More than 500,000 international students from around the world are furthering their education in the United States. Learn why:
Quality: U.S. colleges are known worldwide for the quality of their facilities, resources, and faculty. Accreditation systems ensure that institutions continue to maintain these standards.
Choice: The U.S. education system features many types of institutions, academic and social environments, entry requirements, degree programs, and subjects in which you can specialize.
Value: As an investment in your future, a U.S. degree offers excellent value for the money. A wide range of tuition fees and living costs, plus some financial help from colleges, make study in the United States affordable for thousands of international students each year.
Flexibility: U.S. universities and colleges offer flexibility in choice of courses within a college or university, but more importantly there is also the option for students to move from one institution to another. Completing the first two years of a degree at one institution, usually a community college, and then moving to another, is very common.

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Exchange Program Alumni – Resources & Opportunities

Diverse group of students

Join the Exchange Alumni community at https://alumni.state.gov, and open the door to a world of support, resources, and funding opportunities to help you continue your exchange experience and build on the skills you gained during your program. Through your account at https://alumni.state.gov
        • Candidates will have access to various grant opportunities through Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and Grants to Individuals (GTI).
        • You can read journals, academic journals, and articles through Gale and EBSCO’s first academic database.
        • You will meet former participants to connect to the network locally and globally.
        • You can find up-to-date information on live events, such as #MentorTalks, as well as pre-participant updates.
        • You can access US Government Entrepreneurship Resources to take your business thinking to the next level.
There are resources that can be accessed without logging in, such as the Enabling Entrepreneurs page. In addition, through our LinkedIn page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can connect with us and other former participants of the exchange program and get the latest news about the former participant.