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International education develops leaders

Contacts in Washington

1828 L Street NW Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel: 202-833-7522
Fax: 202-833-7523

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American Councils for International Education is a nonprofit NGO creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in our interconnected world. Being immersed in other countries and cultures enables individuals to grow personally and professionally while empowering them to address—and solve—the world’s most complex political, economic, and social challenges.

From developing the first exchanges of Eurasian and American students and scholars, to current initiatives supporting collaborative education between the U.S., Asia, Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East, and South America, American Councils designs and implements cultural, professional, and academic programs in regions of the world deemed critical for U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. These programs are underpinned with thorough research that ensures their quality and integrity. Our participants become culturally aware citizens of the world, contributing to mutual understanding and successful international collaboration.


A leader in international education, academic exchange, language acquisition and assessment, and research, American Councils prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world.


American Councils is helping to build a world of globally competent citizens, successful institutions, and responsible nations.


American Councils has been entrusted with over half a billion dollars in competitive grant awards from government agencies and charitable foundations. We are enabled and empowered to further our mission to provide greater access to educational opportunities across the globe thanks to funding from sources including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, National Endowment for Humanities, Carnegie Corporation of New York, USAID, The Defense Language and National Security Education Office, The U.S. Russia Foundation, U.S. Society Foundations, and many foreign governments and their ministries of education.


The Nonprofit Times has ranked American Councils as one of the top 50 nonprofits to work for in the entire United States. Headquartered in downtown Washington, D.C., American Councils is at the epicenter of culture, politics, and knowledge. The organization’s vision is to build a world of globally competent citizens, successful institutions, and responsible nations – a vision made possible by American Councils’ strong tradition in empirical research, educational assessment, and rigorous program evaluation. These capacities, coupled with the organization’s highly diverse, multilingual and multicultural staff, have assured American Councils’ reputation over the years as a thought leader in the field of international education and immersion learning.