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Cultural Section


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 section’s 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 other countries.

The Fulbright Program

The best known of all U.S. Government educational exchanges, the Fulbright 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 Government’s 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

American Studies

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 Department’s 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.

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