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The U.S. Department of State and Department of Education issued a joint statement in a coordinated effort to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to international education and exchanges. Fulbright Teacher Exchanges support this commitment through programs that provide opportunities for U.S. and international K-12 educators to develop their educational practice and bring international knowledge, skills, and perspectives to their classrooms and schools. Through exchange and professional learning programs, ­teachers improve educational outcomes and prepare today’s youth for success in a globalized, interconnected world. 


The robust exchange of students, researchers, scholars, and educators, along with broader international education efforts between the United States and other countries, strengthens relationships between current and future leaders. These relationships are imperative to addressing shared challenges, enhancing American prosperity, and contributing to global peace and security.

The United States cannot afford to be absent from the world stage: U.S. leadership and engagement makes an essential difference abroad, as well as at home. Indeed, in today’s interconnected world, our foreign and domestic policies are inextricably intertwined in pursuit of a preeminent goal – improving the lives of the American people.

Many of our most pressing challenges are inherently global in scope and impact and can only be addressed by nations and individuals working together. From tackling pandemics and the climate crisis, to reducing economic disparities and building prosperity, to countering threats to democracy and maintaining peace – resolving these global challenges requires partnership and collaboration across borders. It is imperative that we continue to cooperate with our allies, invest in our relationships, and broaden our engagement worldwide.

Read the full Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education issued by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.