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Academic Exchange Programs - English Language Programs - #19.421

English Language Programs include the English Access Microscholarship Program and the English Language Fellow Program. As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today. ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society – including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals – the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans The purpose of English Language Programs is to support the participation of U.S. English language educators in exchanges overseas, and the participation of underserved foreign students and teachers of English as a foreign language in English study courses and professional development, and international exchanges.

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $23,944,000; FY 09 $15,090,000; FY 10 $0 - FY2010 estimate not available.

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