The American Councils' Czech office opened in the fall of 2018, at a time when the Czech Republic and the United States held centennial celebrations of their diplomatic relations. The office is based in Prague, the country's picturesque and vibrant capital.
The Prague office has chiefly focused on bringing the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program to the Czech Republic, a Central European country of 10 million. The merit-based scholarship, which is fully funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will enable 10 Czech high school students to spend the 2019-2020 academic year in the United States.
The first-ever group of Czech FLEXers, whose names will be announced in May 2019, will live with American host families and attend American high schools during their exchange year. The scholarship candidates are eager to learn about American life first-hand. They are also looking forward to teaching their host families and classmates about their country, traditional Czech kolache pastry included.
The American Councils staff in Czechia works closely with the US Embassy in Prague, the American Center, and cooperates with a number of local institutions, including the Education Ministry's Centre for International Cooperation in Education, the Fulbright Commission, and its Education USA Advising Center.