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A leader in international education, academic exchange, language acquisition and assessment, and research, American Councils prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world.


American Councils, originally incorporated as the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), has worked to advance research, training, and materials development in the fields of Russian and English, as well as strengthen communication within and among the communities of scholars and educators in language, literature, and area studies of the United States and the former Soviet Union. In 1987, the ACTR Board of Directors created the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study (ACCELS), which quickly became a leader in the design and administration of exchange and training programs funded by the U.S. government.

In its four decades, American Councils has developed into one of the premier American education and international training organizations, administering more than thirty exchange and training programs, including U.S. government programs and non-U.S. national fellowship programs. The organization develops collaborative and partnership programs between individuals and institutions in the United States and the countries of Eurasia and Eastern Europe, consults on project design and education innovation programs, and actively contributes to the development of Eurasian language and area studies in the United States. And the organization maintains its commitment to the teaching of the Russian language, with over 100,000 textbooks and educational materials sold and 6,500 Russian-language learners registered online.

To reflect the organization’s development and expanded activities, in 1998, the ACTR Board created a new organizational structure with a new name, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. ACTR and ACCELS are divisions of the American Councils. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 430, located in forty-seven offices in forty cities in 15 countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Funding comes from public and private sources, including the U.S. Agency for International Development; the U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Department of Education; the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the governments of the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan; the World Bank; the Carnegie Corporation; the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundations, and other public and private donors.   American Councils has nearly two dozen overseas offices sprinkled throughout Eurasia, Southeast Europe, and South Asia. If you are looking for contact information for a specific office please visit the American Councils website.

Contact Information

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-833-7522
Fax: 202-833-7523