The Cultural Section works with Kazakhstani governmental, cultural,
and academic institutions, as well as indigenous NGOs, to promote greater
exchange of information and individuals between Kazakhstan and the United
States. It oversees the work of several U.S. Government sponsored exchange organizations
in Kazakhstan which carry out educational exchange programs.
Exchange programs are at the heart of the cultural sections work. Academic, cultural, and
professional exchanges are the most effective tools of public diplomacy.
They seek to promote the free exchange of information and ideas and to
increase mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and
The Fulbright Program
The best known of all U.S. Government educational exchanges, the
Program, was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator
J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It is the major academic component of
the U.S Governments exchange activities and an integral part of our public diplomacy
mission. Fields of study and research include political science, law,
business, economics, environment, and American studies.
Approximately 10 grants are awarded annually to American and Kazakhstani
teachers and scholars to lecture and conduct research in Kazakhstan and the
United States. Individuals are selected based on academic and professional
qualifications and potential plus the ability and willingness to share ideas
and experiences with people of diverse cultures.
The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program began in 1979 and is named for the
late Vice President and Senator from Minnesota. It brings outstanding midlevel
professionals in public or private service to the United States for a year of
university study and work-related practical experience. Fields of study and
training include agriculture, public health, public administration, and planning
and resource management.
Download: Humphrey Fellowship Program Application 2007-2008
Humphrey Fellowship Program 2007-2008 (russian)
Academic Specialist Programs
The Academic Specialist Program brings American academics to Kazakhstan to
provide local institutions professional assistance in such academic disciplines
as English teaching, law, and journalism, among others. Cultural specialists work
in a variety of artistic disciplines including, but not confined to, performance
and visual arts as well arts management.
English Teaching Programs
The Information Service supports the training of English teachers through seminars, visiting
specialists, and curriculum development. Information Service also distributes materials that
assist teachers to teach English through American culture.
Download: 2007 Application for Participation in Global Cultural Initiative "Landmarks of American History and Culture" Workshops
The U.S. Embassy Information Service strives to encourage greater understanding of the United States, its
history and people through the support of American Programs in Kazakhstani
universities via book donations, materials, guest lectures and American Specialists.
It also encourages scholars to utilize the 3,500 book
American Studies Library located at the
National Academy of Sciences. Comprehensive information about American Studies can
be found at the State Departments
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Home Page.
Alumni Outreach and Programs
U.S. Embassy Almaty Public Affairs Section is pleased to announce a new program intended to be
the bridge between the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department
of State and ECA Alumni in Kazakhstan.
A new position entitled Alumni Coordinator was introduced in February 2001 at the U.S. Embassy in Almaty.
The purpose of this position is to promote greater contact and cooperation among former participants of U.S.
government-sponsored exchange and training programs throughout Kazakhstan.
Overseas Educational Advising
The Educational Advising Centers: Students wishing to explore educational
opportunities in the U.S. are encouraged to visit Educational
Advising Centers in Almaty and other cities of Kazakhstan. These centers act as clearinghouses for information on
U.S. campus and community programs serving international students.