Press Releases

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:00

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) – The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget released today by the Administration proposes a steep 75 percent cut to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Specifically, the FY19 request of $159 million is a significant reduction from ECA’s actual budget of $634.1 million in FY17. Last year, the Administration recommended a 55 percent cut to ECA.

Mirchaye Sahlu
Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:40

Washington, DC – Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Marie Royce to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange (ECA):

Laine Cavanaugh
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:49

Shows Support for the J1’s Positive Impact on American Diplomatic, Business, & Tourism Efforts

Committee Also Approves $634 Million to Fund Educational and Cultural Affairs Programs

Laine Cavanaugh
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 09:15

Impact on American Business, Tourism and Diplomacy Devastating; New Study Shows Program Strengthens U.S. Economy

Laine Cavanaugh
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:32

ROCKVILLE, MD., August 28, 2017 – The Alliance for International Exchange, an association of cultural exchange agencies, asked EurekaFacts to find just that. The Summer Work Travel program—one of five programs included in the J1 Visitor Exchange Program—brings more than 100,000 college students from 100 countries to the United States during their summer break. These students typically work at amusement parks, ski destinations and hospitality small businesses during their peak seasons.

Laine Cavanaugh
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:01

Comes on Heels of White House Threat to Eliminate the Program

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:49

Impact on American Business, Tourism and Diplomacy Devastating; New Study Shows Program Strengthens U.S. Economy

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:33

More than 160 Former U.S. Ambassadors Oppose Cutting Funding for State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:43

Statement by Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for Internatioanl Exchange:

President Trump’s new policies towards Cuba includes a detrimental restriction for Americans traveling to the island for educational purposes. The administration’s argument for cancelling this travel category is the erroneous assumption that people-to-people exchanges do not help the Cuban people and instead only benefits the Cuban government. 

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:58

For Immediate Release
Contact: 202-293-6141    

Fate of Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs Rests with Congress

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) – The budget released today by President Donald Trump proposes an unprecedented cut of 32 percent to the International Affairs budget, and a 55 percent cut to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) specifically. ECA funds and oversees a wide range of critical international exchange programs which enable people-to-people diplomacy.