A number of organizations have programs that support students and scholars to travel or study in other countries for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges. Below are a few programs that sponsor cultural exchanges.


The 100,000 Strong Foundation

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The 100,000 Strong Foundation’s mission is to expand and diversify the number of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China. The goal is to bridge the gap between cultures, strengthen the US-China economic and strategic relationship, and enhance global stability. 


The 100,000 Strong Foundation was established in September 2012 to help answer President Barack Obama’s call to deepen Americans’ understanding of China through study abroad. Over the past decade, China has become the second-largest economy in the world and the United States’ fastest-growing trade partner, as well as a regional strategic power with global reach. Put simply, there is no more consequential relationship than that between the United States and China. The goal is to bridge the gap between cultures, build stronger US-China ties, strengthen the bilateral economic and strategic relationship and enhance global stability. The foundation was born out of a U.S. State Department Initiative of a similar name – the 100,000 Strong Initiative – which was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2009 and launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2010. The effort has been backed by the Chinese government, which is offering 20,000 scholarships for Americans to study in China in support of the Initiative.

To learn more about the cultural exchange programs available through this organization, visit: http://100kstrong.org

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

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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.

In an effort 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.

Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, culturalsports, and professional exchanges.

To learn more about the cultural exchange programs available through this agency, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/us

Fubright Scholar Program, Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education

The Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions abroad.  The Program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide. Learn more.

Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Program

Fulbright IEA seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.  Learn more about Fulbright IEA programs with Japan, Korea, Germany, France, India, and the UK. 

Fulbright Program Innovations To Increase Flexibility, Impact And Scope

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, we have introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Core Program, including: Fulbright Flex AwardsFulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career AwardsSalary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.  The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

To learn more about the cultural exchange programs available through this organization, visit: http://www.cies.org 

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U.S. - China Education Trust (USCET)

USCET promotes US-China relations by increasing understanding of the US among rising leaders in China through engagement with Chinese institutions of higher learning and leading practitioners in the fields of American Studies and Media Studies. Scholarship and Exchange programs complement USCET's mission to promote this important bilateral relationship.

Today, 73 Chinese academic institutions are affiliated with USCET through the American Studies Network and the Media Education Consortium, giving professors greater understanding to teach knowledgeably about the US. "Tomorrow's leaders come from the university-educated, and the faculty has the greatest multiplier effect," said Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch of USCET's expanding academic influence and its ties to major Chinese political and policy institutions.

USCET is unique among organizations involved in US-China relations in its focus on serving China's scholars, professionals and future leaders with resources in concert with their own institutions. USCET projects build confidence, basic understanding, and trust between China and the United States through support for American Studies, Media Education, and American Governance programs at China's leading academic and policy institutions. USCET helps China's next-generation leaders understand American society in the context of the political, cultural, and economic forces that have given rise to America and its values.


To learn more about the cultural exchange programs available through this organization, visit: http://www.uscet.org