Education & Exchanges
The foundation of Russian-American relations – both our friendship and our capacity to work together as two great nations – ultimately rests on how well ordinary citizens on both sides understand each other. That is why the U.S. Government believes that the most important contribution we can make to a stronger Russian-American relationship is to invest in expanding the knowledge and contacts among people in both countries. As a result of U.S. government exchange programs, more than 50,000 Russians and Americans have had the opportunity to take part in academic or professional exchanges during the past decade.
The effect of an exchange experience on a person’s life extends far beyond the time actually spent abroad. Similarly, an exchange program affects not only individual participants, but also those who get to know them while the United States and those back home in Russia who hear about their experiences once they return. In this way, people-to-people exchanges between Russians and Americans benefit both countries by improving our ability to understand each other, by enabling us to compare and share approaches to common problems, and by increasing the network of ties binding our nations together in the peaceful pursuit of common goals.
This section of the website provides an overview of our current exchange programs, as well as the numerous educational activities supported by the Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Russian Federation.