The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships. To visit ECA, please click here.
The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) is a nonprofit membership association that just celebrated 50 years of leadership in citizen diplomacy. Founded in 1961, NCIV’s membership includes individuals, program agencies, and 94 community organizations (CIVs) throughout the United States. NCIV members design and implement professional programs, provide cultural activities, and offer home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchange programs. To visit NCIV, please click here.
National Program Agencies
Since 1998, the Mississippi Consortium of International Development’s (MCID’s) Washington, DC office has partnered with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to design and implement the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). MCID is one of several nonprofit, National Program Agencies (NPAs) based in Washington, DC that administers the IVLP. The program, designed to enhance mutual understanding through professional and cultural exchange, brings approximately 5,000 current and emerging leaders in government, politics, civil society, business, media, education, the arts, and other fields to the U.S. each year. More than 200 current and former heads of state, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders in the public and private sectors have participated in the IVLP since its inception. To visit MCID Washington, please click here.
In 2011, the teams of experts from Family Health International and Academy for Educational Development came together to create FHI 360.Together-they envisioned a world in which all individuals and communities have the opportunity to reach their highest potential. Together-FHI 360 is dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions for human development. Together-with funders, donors and partners, FHI focuses on addressing the interrelated challenges of human development. To visit FHI360 website, please click here.
The International Institute at the Graduate School designs and administers exchange programs for U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, international and non-governmental organizations, and groups. Programs may include orientations, meetings, workshops, seminars, and observational study in the field. The goal is to offer participants the opportunity to interact and share best practices with their counterparts. To visit this website, please click here.
An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. To visit this website, please click here.
Meridian has been advancing the United States’ public and cultural diplomacy efforts since 1960. Tens of thousands of international leaders have participated in exchange programs designed to increase their understanding of the United States and the American people.
Leadership Exchanges Meridian is the leading manager of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange operation—the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) — and creates custom programs for other U.S. government agencies, as well as public and private sector organizations.
Cultural Exhibitions Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program creates opportunities for Washington, DC, national and international audiences to learn about other cultures through the eyes of visual and performing artists. Our exhibitions have traveled to 50 countries and 320 cities in 44 U.S. states. To visit Meridian International Center, please click here.
Phelps Stokes Fund was born in 1911 through the bequest of Caroline Phelps Stokes. Caroline gave the organization its direction, astounding for its time: “improving housing, promoting racial harmony and providing education for Africans and African Americans, Native Americans and needy whites.” Wasting no time in getting started, at the very first meeting, on February 5, 1911, the Phelps Stokes’ Board of Trustees granted the sum of $35,000 to the Jeannes Teachers. The Jeannes Teachers, of course, became the major force in the education of rural poor black children in the South. Phelps Stokes trained and provided these “master teachers” – black women who rode circuit to teach other teachers how to teach.
Today, Phelps Stokes Fund is America’s oldest continuously-operating foundation serving the needs of African-Americans, Native Americans, Africans, and the rural and urban poor. Phelps Stokes played major roles in the creation of Howard University, Clark Atlanta University and Fisk University as Centers for Excellence in the education of blacks. To visit this website, please click here.
World Learning is a non-profit organization with operations in 77 countries committed to fostering global citizenship and addressing some of the most pressing global issues of our times. Our global presence and 75-year commitment to bridging cultures and promoting social and economic justice make World Learning an exciting and rewarding place to work. World Learning’s worldwide staff works every day to prepare people with the skill sets and mindsets to be effective global citizens and leaders of change in and beyond their own communities. To visit World Learning, please click here.