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Education & Culture

The American Embassy seeks to promote the best of American culture in Iceland and to encourage educational and professional exchange between Icelanders and Americans. The U.S. government does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences. The following programs are examples of the activities within the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

  • The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators. This site includes Fulbright Commissions and other related links.
  • English Teaching Exchanges and Overseas Resources maintain offices worldwide assisting teachers and teacher trainers with workshops, seminars, and publications.
  • The Leifur Eiriksson Foundation supports scholarly study and research through student exchanges between Iceland and the United States.
  • The Humphrey Fellowships bring mid-level professionals from developing countries to the United States for a year of academic study and professional experiences.
  • Overseas Educational Advising supports centers worldwide that provide prospective students and others with information and guidance on U.S. higher education.
  • The International Visitor  Leadership Program brings participants to the U.S. to meet and confer with professional counterparts and to experience firsthand the U.S. and its institutions.
  • The Office of Citizen Exchanges develops professional, cultural and youth programs with non-profit American institutions, including voluntary community organizations, professional associations, and universities. Thematic categories for grants include civil society, NGO development, civic education, media development, judicial training, intellectual property rights, and public administration among other themes.
  • International Cultural Property Protection represents U.S. responsibilities in protecting the cultural patrimony of other countries.
  • The Art in Embassies Program promotes American art and artists in the residences of U.S. Ambassadors.
  • The Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the State Department Main Building are where the Secretary of State, the Vice President, and Members of the Cabinet entertain the leaders of the world. They are furnished with museum-caliber American furnishings of the period 1750-1825. Check out the virtual tour of the rooms .