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The world’s most successful institutions and determined nations work with American Councils for International Education through cultural exchange, language training, and professional development.

Since 1974, our educational portfolio has grown to include 90 countries important to national security, prosperity, and peace. Our programs are backed by thorough research to ensure their quality and integrity. Our participants represent a spectrum of learners, from high school through the postdoctoral and professional level.

To date, we have built a community of more than 94,000 alumni, including national leaders, ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, and CEOs.



American Councils strengthens international ties and mutual understanding through excellence in academic, professional and cultural exchange, language acquisition, educational development, and research.


American Councils for International Education is an international not-for-profit organization working to empower individuals and institutions to address challenges in a diverse and interconnected world.

Our philosophy

We believe that international education should be accessible for all. That is why our focus is to advance scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs grounded in key world languages, cultures, and regions.

Through international training, cultural exchange, immersion learning, and public diplomacy, we broaden individual perspectives and foster personal and intellectual growth. On a grand scale, these efforts strengthen international and national security, build prosperity, and promote peace.

With a staff of over 450 professionals in over 90 countries, American Councils designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, community outreach, and scholarly research.

American Councils South East Europe

American Councils opened its offices in South East Europe (SEE) in 2002 with the launch of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. In 2003, JFDP grew to include Albania as well. In 2004, American Councils expanded its offices and opportunities to residents of Kosovo with the inauguration of the Kosovo American Education Fund Graduate Fellowship Program (KAEF). In 2005, American Councils opened a representative office in Zagreb, Croatia to promote JFDP in Croatia. Also in 2005, American – Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) program for high school students was launched in Serbia and Montenegro. The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was launched in 2008 in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia. Now, American Councils SEE has representative offices in nine countries of the SEE region.

In addition to exchange opportunities for residents of SEE, American Councils provides language programs for American citizens wishing to travel to Eastern and South East Europe, with up to 100 percent funding available through Title VIII funding from the United States government. American Councils can also provide educational consulting services, and promotes community outreach via an extensive network of alumni and partnering institutions, public and private.