2016 Open Doors Report: Exchange Students between Europe and the United States on the Rise

Every year, thousands of students from across the globe leave the comforts of their own home to study abroad. No matter what motivates them—to attend a world-class institution, to learn a language, to conduct research, to experience a different culture—these individuals will all gain important skills and knowledge that can help them succeed in a globalized 21st century.

The United States and the European Union both realize the importance of studying abroad. Exposing our future leaders to each other’s culture and traditions, and having our young citizens interact with each other fosters strong networks and enhanced understanding and cooperation. For this reason, the U.S. and the EU actively support student exchanges through initiatives such as the Fulbright-Schuman grants and the new Fulbright-Schuman innovation grant programs.

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Building bridges between cultures through travel

By Dion Wierts, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Mission to the EU What better way to broaden your horizon and  understand other people than to strap on your boots, leave your comfort zone, and interact with foreign cultures in places you have never been to or even heard of. The U.S. Department of State understands the importance of being exposed to other cultures and using its … Continue reading Building bridges between cultures through travel

Ambassador Gardner on U.S. Independence Day: “We’re Not Opting Out, We’re Opting In”

On June 30th, 2016, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony L. Gardner hosted a July 4th party at his residence in Brussels. During this event, Ambassador Gardner delivered a strong speech on the state of the U.S.-EU transatlantic Relationship to over 700 guests. The full text of Ambassador Garnder’s speech can be found below. 

Ambassador Gardner:

‎Thank you for joining this year’s July 4 celebrations. Thank you to all our generous sponsors for helping to make this event a success.

We’ve all enjoyed the Brussels summer. It reminds me of the walks I used to take with my father in the country on cloudy days. He would point to the smallest sliver of blue sky on the horizon and say: “Good weather is coming our way.” We need some of that American optimism in Brussels; we need some of that American confidence in the European Union!

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U.S. Mission to the EU briefs Fulbright Grantees during their EU and NATO Seminar

Every year, U.S. recipients of a Fulbright grant who are studying across Europe are eligible to attend a four-day seminar on the EU and NATO in Luxembourg and Belgium, hosted by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and Luxembourg. During this seminar—which this year took place from February 16-20, 2016—the 43 American participants learned more about the structure and functioning of European institutions and how these … Continue reading U.S. Mission to the EU briefs Fulbright Grantees during their EU and NATO Seminar

A Ten-Week Immersion in Public Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union

Madeline Bronstein was an intern at the Public Affairs Section at the United States Mission to the European Union As a Public Affairs intern with the United States Mission to the EU (USEU), I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, issues, and interests during my ten weeks working in Brussels. The office I worked for, Public Affairs (PA), directs the communications … Continue reading A Ten-Week Immersion in Public Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union