The world’s most successful institutions and determined nations work with American Councils for International Education through cultural exchange, language training, and professional development.
Mr. Lorne Craner
1828 L Street NW Suite 1200
WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
international education, teacher training, language immersion, professional development, student mobility, entrepreneurship, innovation, education, educational institutions, educational services, youth development, community improvement, capacity building, nonprofit management, camp programs, language assessment, research, language research, secondary schools, higher education, study abroad, language immersion, cultural exchange, citizen exchange
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Youth Development Programs (O50)
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Secondary School Programs
Since 1992, American Councils has successfully administered a variety of year-long secondary school exchange programs for more than 35,000 students from Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East, Southeast Europe, and the US. These exchanges focus on the importance of international education, mutual understanding, civic engagement, community service, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Through innovative design and implementation, American Councils has successfully fostered relationships between US and international youth and encouraged the development and implementation of leadership skills to create change in students’ home communities. Exchange programs for high school students that are funded by the US Department of State and administered by American Councils include: Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Since 1992, American Councils has administrated the organizational components of the FLEX Program with great success, closely cooperating with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of US Embassies throughout Eurasia. The FLEX program focuses on cultivating leadership skills, civic awareness, and civic responsibility, as well as developing mutual understanding among participants and US citizens. In 2015, the American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership (A-SMYLE) Program, established in 2005 to serve students from Serbia and Montenegro, became part of FLEX. American Councils also began recruiting from five additional European countries in 2015: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. To date, more than 26,000 secondary school students (ages 15-17) from Europe and Eurasia have traveled to the US to experience its educational system and culture for an academic year on the FLEX and A-SMYLE programs. In addition, each year American Councils implements and manages a week-long Civic Education Program in Washington, DC for 100 competitively selected students participating in the FLEX program to enhance their leadership skills, expand their knowledge and experience of democratic principles, and prepare them to be active, engaged alumni when they return home. Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program – Funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, YES expands interaction between secondary school students in the US and countries with significant Muslim populations in order to promote mutual understanding and tolerance. Students (ages 15-18) live with host families and attend US high schools for one academic year. They also engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. American Councils coordinates and manages four consortium partners to administer the YES Program which selects approximately 800 students from 40 designated countries. The consortium also recruits and selects 65 American students to participate in the YES Abroad component, the reciprocal extension of YES which allows Americans to acquire leadership skills and learn about the culture in their host country while imparting knowledge about American society. American Councils administers YES Abroad in 3 program countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Senegal. Each academic year, American Councils works to place students with host families and schools throughout the US; recruits, selects, and screens US host families and schools; coordinates travel arrangements; coordinates and leads orientations; regularly monitors and maintains contact with the students throughout the program; and works with alumni to organize events at home. National Security Language Initiative Youth (NSLI-Y) Program – American students develop critical language skills through summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs in Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. Through funding from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, NSLI-Y provides students with opportunities to live with host families overseas and places them in programs that support language and culture learning goals. In collaboration with consortium members and partners, American Councils provides approximately 600 US high school students annually with foreign language instruction and cultural immersion programs overseas with the goal of increasing American international competitiveness. Youth Solidarity and English Language Immersion (YSEL) – The YSEL Camp for young Afghans focuses on academic and non-academic learning for secondary school-aged boys and girls from selected provinces of Afghanistan. The program, funded by the US Embassy in Kabul has been held in India and Turkey, is designed to improve participants’ English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening while also providing them with opportunities for building leadership skills and learning other soft skills such as conflict transformation and designing effective projects that can be done when they return home. The YSEL program also includes a structured sports program and other camp activities such as art, music, chess, and dance. In addition, students learn positive team-building skills through various group activities. The program seeks to instill in students a sense of Afghanistan as a nation and develop respect for people from other ethnic groups, key issues in creating a viable Afghanistan. The successful month-long YSEL model has been adapted for Ethiopia and India where the respective US Embassies fund similar camps focused on English language learning and building youth solidarity and leadership that are administered by American Councils. In total, 417 Afghan students have attended a YSEL camp either in India or Turkey. Since 2011, YSEL alumni have reported 318 projects in the areas of educational awareness, cultural and social projects, and environmental and clean-up projects. These projects have been implemented in 21 provinces of Afghanistan. In addition to alumni activities, the YSEL program has helped 60 alumni gain scholarships to different universities around the world, and 25 of them have received full scholarships to American University in Kabul, Afghanistan. Leadership and English Advancement Program (LEAP) – Initiated in 2017, the LEAP program is funded by the US Embassy in Kabul and brings together Afghan youth from different regions of the country for a three-week program of developing English language skills and allowing individual students to discover their leadership potential. LEAP, which is held in India, also seeks to raise cultural awareness among participants by visiting various sites during the program. Unique to the LEAP program is a one-week teacher training workshop for ten Afghan alumni from other American Councils youth initiatives. The ten alumni learn innovative teaching skills from LEAP staff and then implement their training during the program. The aim is to provide alumni with teaching skills that they can use in their home communities as teachers of English. Alumni also serve as counselors during the camp. LEAP is funded for 2017-2019 and will include six separate camps to be held twice a year in India.
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Professional and Internship Programs
Through funding from ECA, the Open World Leadership Center, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other organizations, American Councils has supported more than 25,000 professionals through professional and internship programs it has administered during the past two decades. American Councils’ proven recruitment strategies, transparent selection processes, diverse group of professional partner organizations, and experienced staff has allowed for an improved understanding between countries, exchanges of ideas, and enhanced collaboration through education among participants in more than 20 countries and across a wide range of industries such as agriculture, education, health, information technology, and tourism. Example programs include: Professional Fellows Program (PFP) – funded by the U.S. State Department, PFP began in 2010 to provide professionals with an opportunity to learn about U.S. policy; to establish links with U.S. counterparts; to increase appreciation of the values of civil society and community service; and to build respect for cultural identity and diversity. Initially focused on Georgian, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian participants, the program today also includes participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Moldova. In its administration of PFP, American Councils places emerging leaders in one-month professional internships in either a U.S. government or NGO office (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine) or a center for innovation or entrepreneurship (Russia and Belarus). The core of the program is enriched by community service projects; enhancement activities with host families, mentors, and local communities during the course of the internship; and attendance at the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. Following their return home, Fellows implement projects in their own countries, designed in cooperation with their U.S. mentors and funded on a competitive basis. Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) – YSEALI PFP is the Department of State’s signature initiative to support leadership development in Southeast Asia and foster people-to-people ties between Americans and young leaders in ASEAN countries. Participating countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. YSEALI PFP, launched in 2015, provides young professionals working on issues of economic empowerment with an opportunity to learn about U.S. policy; to establish links with U.S. counterparts; to increase appreciation of the values of civil society and community service; and to build respect for cultural identity and diversity. American Councils places fellows in one-month professional internships at business accelerators, consulting firms, state and city development offices, youth and community empowerment non-profits, research foundations, and other relevant organizations. Fellows also participate in community service projects and enhancement activities with host families, mentors, and other community members. Time in the U.S. culminates with a capstone experience at a Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. After returning home, Fellows compete for funding to implement projects designed with the help of their U.S. mentors. Open World – Funded by Congress through the Open World Leadership Center and administered by American Councils since 1999, the Open World Program, brings emerging leaders from Eurasian countries to the United States for 10 days of intensive exchange with their professional counterparts on topics including entrepreneurship, business, and economic development. The goal of the program is for professionals in a variety of fields – local governance, public health, business, non-governmental organizations, the judiciary, and others – to see how their American colleagues address many of the same kinds of issues, thus discovering commonality in their experiences. The program also seeks to create lasting partnerships or ongoing projects between the program participants and their American hosts, and to impart a positive image of American life and democracy by hosting program participants with American families who open their homes and lives to the visitors. Since the program’s creation, more than 15,000 participants from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan have participated in Open World. U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation (US-CAEF) – US-CAEF fosters the development of a vibrant market economy by investing in promising undergraduate students and strengthening business education in Central Asia. In partnership with American Councils, the Foundation works with two Central Asian universities - the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan - to provide full four-year business scholarships for undergraduate students. The Foundation utilizes the existing infrastructure within the universities to help in the selection of scholarship students who fulfill the program’s criteria, with the Foundation making final scholarship decisions. Approximately 30 Fellows are selected each year through a highly competitive process based on both academic merit and financial need. The Fellows’ classroom experience is enhanced through the Enterprise Regional Internship Program, which allows them to gain valuable work experience within Central Asia after their sophomore year. Upon graduation, a select number of Fellows take part in the International Capstone Internship Program, a four-month program based in Washington, DC. The program provides approximately 12 Regional Internships and six Capstone Internships each year.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs
American Councils’ professional programs for entrepreneurs and innovative researchers build and strengthen business and leadership skills, enabling them to succeed in growing the size and impact of their companies in a global context. Through curated internships, entrepreneurship training and workshops, one-on-one mentoring, customer discovery meetings, and networking events, participants enhance their business plans, form new international partnerships, and create follow-on projects to sustain the entrepreneurship ecosystems in their communities. American Councils selects participants for tailored internships at successful startups, leading business incubators, established enterprises, university, or small businesses. Host organizations share a commitment to assisting international participants build their own businesses and/or joint ventures, and have existing or potential ventures in the participants’ home region. Participants broaden their understanding of entrepreneurship and apply lessons learned at their internship or business development mission to their own business development plans as they engage in targeted innovation and entrepreneurship trainings and meetings with U.S. mentors. Programs include: Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) – Funded by the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF), EURECA brought together leading Russian and U.S. research universities to strengthen capacity in applied and translational research and technology transfer for the commercialization of innovation. EURECA placed strong emphasis on engaging local government and the private sector as beneficiaries of U.S.-Russia commercialization collaboration, and positioned the university as the source of innovation and economic development. From 2009-2015, EURECA established partnerships between 16 U.S. and Russian universities, including founding institutions the St. Petersburg Institute of Technology, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and the University of Nizhny Novgorod, Purdue University, and the University of Maryland. American Councils established the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) as a EURECA platform to advance the growth of innovative university-based startups and research projects and to catalyze new bilateral university collaborations, particularly in the areas of IT, biotechnology, and food science. The work of EURECA continues in a modified program that utilizes a network of private sector and university partners to catalyze the potential for broader university-industry partnerships, and showcase the direct commercial opportunities and economic relevance of Russian university research . Edtech Accelerator – The Edtech Accelerator builds networks through monthly webinars and in-person discussions with industry leaders around the topics that matter most for international education technology startups. Through customized virtual advisory and working visits to the United States, the Edtech Accelerator connects selected international education technology startups to U.S. experts, companies, investors, and potential partners. American Councils offers startups access to a network of universities, business incubators, and associations to increase startups’ understanding their place within the global education technology market, and help improve their products and business development strategies. The Edtech Accelerator offers startups resources to validate the product’s value proposition, assess market potential, access capital financing, and connect with a network of companies and partners. The program takes place via online interaction as well as through “soft landing” visits of international startup delegations to leading U.S. centers for Edtech entrepreneurship. Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship (BTI) – The Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship (BTI) supports two existing American Councils study abroad programs: the Business Russian Language and Internship Program (BRLI) and the Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT). U.S. undergraduate or graduate students in business or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have the opportunity to participate in either an eight-week summer or 15-week semester program combining intensive Russian language study with internships at Russian or international businesses, or a six-week internship with optional Russian language training. Russian Business Leaders (RBL) – Administered by American Councils since 2016, the U.S. State Department’s RBL program places Russians aged 22-28, at four-week internships focused on entrepreneurship and innovation at private companies, startups, and incubators in the U.S., affording participants the opportunity to strengthen leadership and technical abilities through interactive and personalized projects, as well as build enduring professional relationships between Americans and Russians who share an interest in driving economic development forward. RBL is designed to allow Russian business leaders to share their experience with American colleagues, learn more about the United States, and build ties that will benefit business and cultural relations between the U.S. and Russia. The program concludes with a dynamic four-day closing program in Washington, DC that includes a leadership certificate program at Georgetown University.
American Councils Research Center (ARC)
ARC, the research arm of American Councils, seeks to expand the pool of policy-relevant data and research available to decision-makers at all levels who are concerned with foreign languages in education and the workplace. ARC is distinguished from other research efforts by its focus on world languages: their acquisition, application, and relevance in today’s world. ARC addresses central issues in U.S. language policy with a global perspective to research and policy formation by providing data and new analyses related to language learning, including the impact of a second language on educational achievement and performance in the workplace. In addition to research, ARC engages in outreach activities for policymakers and the general public through publications and policy roundtables. Sample efforts include: Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Research - The Study of Dual-Language Immersion in the Portland Public Schools is a four-year study undertaken by the American Councils Research Center, Portland (Oregon) Public Schools, and RAND with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. Launched in July 2012 and completed in 2015, the study examines the effects of dual-language immersion (DLI) on student achievement. The study sought to 1) estimate the causal impact of immersion education on student achievement in mathematics, English language arts, and science, 2) examine how this effect differs for native English speakers versus native speakers of other languages, 3) illuminate the variation in instructional practices among immersion programs and between immersion and non-immersion classes in DLI schools, and 4) document the costs of immersion instruction in the district. The study found that DLI students outperformed their English-only peers in reading in English by nearly a year, a key piece of information as DLI programs increase across the U.S. Comprehensive Survey of U.S. Foreign Language Enrollments: K-12 and Higher Education Project - Through a grant from the Language Flagship at the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), ARC—working in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and the Modern Language Association (MLA)—are undertaking the Comprehensive Survey of U.S. Foreign Language Enrollments: K-12 and Higher Education Project. The work will comprise national surveys of elementary and secondary language programs, combined with the findings of the MLA 2013 Language Enrollment Survey, to provide a comprehensive overview of K-16 foreign language education enrollments in the United States today. Primary Years Programme (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) - This study documents the current status of bilingual education implementation in PYP schools to gain a better understanding of the factors that inform and influence bilingual education in the PYP programs approved by IB. This includes examining forms, models, and strategies of bilingual implementation of the PYP that aim to promote student language proficiency.
Higher Education Study Abroad Programs
For more than 40 years, American Councils has played a leading role in developing and administering more than 24 innovative higher education programs for the U.S. Government, foreign ministries of education, foundations, and other public and private funders. Examples of higher education programs administered include: Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) - The Kosovo American Education Fund Graduate Scholarship Program serves as a catalyst for the development of Kosovo by investing in motivated, talented individuals with leadership potential, and providing them with graduate-level fellowships at select universities in the U.S. Upon returning to Kosovo, graduates assume positions of leadership in private, public, and non-governmental institutions that are essential to the success of their country. United States Timor-Leste (USTL) Program - The USTL Program provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition, travel, living stipends, medical insurance, and visa costs. Applicants may also receive up to one year of additional, intensive English-language training in the U.S. before beginning their four years of degree-related study at carefully vetted, high-quality U.S. colleges and universities that match their academic interests and provide outstanding student support. Enrolled full-time, participants also live on campus with an American roommate. Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) - The YEAR Program provides promising young Russian students a unique opportunity to study for one year at U.S. institutions of higher education, engage with local communities in sustained and meaningful dialogue, educate Americans about Russia's history and culture, and gain a new, nuanced understanding of American society. The program also aims to strengthen each participant's English skills and subject knowledge in his or her selected field of study. The one-year, non-degree undergraduate level program brings in a total of 67 students between the ages of 18 and 20 to the United States annually. All program participants are required to return to Russia for at least two years after the completion of their studies. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) – Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the CLS program is part of the government’s effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering 14 critical need foreign languages. Over the course of seven to ten weeks, U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduate students undergo fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment. The languages and levels include: • Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level; • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate, or advanced level; and • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.
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Mr. Robert Rhea
Ms. Edith Falk
Campbell and Company (retired)
Civil Rights Division, US Dept of Justice
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
American Councils for International Education
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept of Energy
U.S. Dept. of State
Campbell and Company
Associate Professor, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Chicago Deferred Exchange Company
US Dept of State (ret.)
Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago
Founding Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council
U.S. Dept of State
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Inter-American Development Bank
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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
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