General Information

Headquartered in
Washington, D.C.
Ambassador J. Adam Ereli Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Address: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, SA-5, 2200 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20522-0500
  • Tel: 202-632-6445
  • Fax: 202-632-2701

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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, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development.

We engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in many fields in the United States and more than 160 countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. Striving to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. ECA exchange program alumni encompass over 1 million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and over 350 current and former heads of state and government.