Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs [ECA] [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an office within the U.S. Department of State that fosters mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through international educational and training programs.

The Bureau accomplishes its mission through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development. The Bureau engages youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in many fields in the U.S. and more than 160 countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges.