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Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Our Mission

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) designs and implements educational, professional, and cultural exchange and other programs that create and sustain the mutual understanding with other countries necessary to advancing United States foreign policy goals. Under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Marie Royce, ECA programs cultivate people-to-people ties among current and future global leaders that build enduring networks and personal relationships and promote U.S. national security and values.

U.S. Department of State

Welcome to the new

Our new design makes it easier to find and learn about the State Department’s programs and services—from passports and visas to learning how U.S. diplomacy benefits the American people.