Meet the Sponsor

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) brings together students and professionals from the United States and across the world to foster stronger relationships between countries.

ECA sponsors and funds initiatives to bring international students to the United States and send U.S. students overseas. It also runs cross-border cultural exchanges, English language teaching programs and sports initiatives. Notable programs within the bureau include the Fulbright Program, Citizen Exchanges, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), SportsUnited and English Language Teaching and Learning.

ECA works with students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchange programs comprise more than one million people around the world, including more than 40 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock oversees the bureau.