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Education & Exchanges


Learn, exchange, grow, and serve. The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for non-U.S. citizens wishing to come to the U.S. for cultural, educational, or professional exchange. These programs are augmented by local opportunities in countries around that world that allow non-U.S. citizens to explore U.S. culture and the English language. Learn more about the opportunities offered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Regional English Language Office (RELO)

Exchange Alumni: Resources & Opportunities

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Join the ExchangeAlumni community and open the door to a world of support, resources, and funding opportunities to help you build on the skills you gained during your exchange program:

  • Gain access to various grant opportunities through Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and Grants to Individuals (GTI).
  • Read journals, academic journals, and articles through Gale and EBSCO’s first academic database.
  • Find and connect with fellow ExchangeAlumni locally and globally.
  • Get up-to-date information on live events, such as #MentorTalks, and ExchangeAlumni news.

There are also resources you can access without logging in, such as the Resources for Entrepreneurs page, where you can find information and programs to help you build your business. In addition, you can connect with us online through LinkedIn, Facebook, X, and Instagram, sharing your successes by using #ExchangeAlumni when you post. Prefer to email? Reach us at exchangealumni@state.gov.

Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN)

For more than 60 years, over 44,000 Pakistanis have participated in U.S. Government sponsored exchange programs to enhance people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the United States.  Upon their return to Pakistan, U.S. exchange alumni make significant contributions to Pakistani society through government service, business leadership, and contributions to academia, arts, culture, and civil society. The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and the U.S. Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are committed to supporting alumni initiatives in Pakistan that allow alumni to share their exchange experiences, and promote positive U.S.-Pakistan ties, with their own communities.