- Africa and the Middle East
- East Asia and the Pacific
- Europe and Eurasia
- South and Central Asia
Africa and the Middle East
By 2050, African countries will be home to a billion young people. That same year, we’ll celebrate our 43rd year of supporting those young people through cultural exchange opportunities, like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program. Our exchange teachers from Morocco will be congratulating Arabic students they taught in kindergarten on completing their post-graduate studies. The list of countries we work in will have grown. One thing that won’t change between now and 2050: our commitment to provide excellent educational opportunities to all.
Our headquarters is located in Washington DC, a hub for the international world. It is often the first stop in a new country for our more than 5,000 yearly exchange students. It is often the last stop in a familiar place for the 1,600 American participants who go on overseas programs each year. Over the years, our host families in all 50 states, have helped future CEOs with their homework, introduced ambassadors to America’s favorite pastime, and have shared their homes with visitors who became family. We are proud to help make those connections, in America and abroad.
East Asia and the Pacific
Our work in East Asia and the Pacific includes intensive language study for students of all ages, hands-on professional training, teacher exchanges, and more. The region has a huge impact on the world’s economic growth and our participants who have lived and learned there are ready to contribute.
Europe and Eurasia
Our organization was founded in 1974 as an exchange program between scholars from the United States and the former Soviet Union. We’ve evolved a lot since then. So has that part of the world. What’s remained the same is our determination to offer excellent educational opportunities and exchanges for the scholars, professionals, and language learners who are helping to shape the world.
South and Central Asia
Our programs in South and Central Asia range from English immersion camps to academic advising and four-year fellowships for gifted students. The programs share the same goal of providing educational opportunities to bright young citizens who are passionate about improving their communities.
If it weren’t for KAEF, I probably would have not been able to go to Harvard, so forever grateful to KAEF. I feel like now I can maybe utilize what I have done to encourage others to apply and to follow this track of serving our country.MORE FROM THIS REGIONZana Zeqiri Rudi, Ambassador
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Foreign Language Proficiency in Higher Education
A 2019 ARC study, co-authored by Dan Davidson and Jane Shaw, compares the development of a second language among early- and advanced-level learners of Arabic, Chinese and Russian during year-long study abroad, and also explores the relationship between reading and listening comprehension in L2 to a student’s overall proficiency growth. Read the study.