American Councils for International Education is an international not-for-profit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States and the nations of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeast Europe. Its mission is to foster democratic development and civil societies by advancing education and research, cultivating leadership, and empowering individuals and institutions through learning. With a staff of over 450 professionals in over 60 countries, American Councils designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, community outreach, and scholarly research.
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 eight 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.