About Us

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 85 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 89,000 alumni, including national leaders, ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, and CEOs.

AC by the Numbers

  • 5,000 scholarships offered annually 
  • 85 countries
  • 40 languages offered
  • 89,000 alumni worldwide

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.

Since our inception, we have secured more than half a billion dollars in competitive grant awards from government agencies and charitable foundations. These sources include the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, National Endowment for Humanities, Carnegie Corporation of New York, USAID, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, and many foreign governments and their ministries of education. Our work is supported by thousands of community partners in K-12 and higher education who share our commitment to international education.

The Nonprofit Times has ranked American Councils as one of the top 50 nonprofits to work for in the 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.