Cultural Affairs Office
Updated 13 May 2015
The Cultural Affairs Office encourages U.S.-UK institutional linkages in the cultural and educational fields, and promotes a wide variety of American music, art, dance, film, and literature in the UK. The Cultural Affairs Office also manages a wide variety of U.S. government-sponsored professional exchanges for UK citizens. These Embassy exchange programs include:
- International Visitor Leadership Program Exchange (IVLP)
- British-American Parliamentary Group Exchange Program
- U.S.-UK Fulbright Classroom Teachers Program
Over the last 60 years, thousands of UK citizens have traveled to the United States on exchange programs sponsored by the American Embassy in London. Check the Exchanges News page to find out what program participants, past and present, have been doing.
We also manage the U.S. Embassy in London’s Grants program which is designed to assist organizations implement programs that promote the U.S.-UK partnership.
The Cultural Office maintains a list of UK locations or institutions with significant U.S. cultural links, called Cultural Connections. We also post information on the annual Thanksgiving Day service at St. Paul's cathedral in London.
The office also manages the Embassy's Speaker Bureau, which offers your group or school the chance to hear from Americans first-hand on the topics of interest to you.
Information on Artistic and Educational Exchanges
There are many organizations in the United Kingdom providing information on artistic and educational exchanges between the U.S. and the U.K.
Enquirers interested in American Studies programs in the United Kingdom may like to contact the British Association of American Studies. Additional useful links for those involved in teaching American oriented subjects in schools can be found at Ready Reference: Sources for Teachers .
U.S. Department of State Alumni is an interactive web site for alumni of selected U.S. Department of State Exchange programs managed by U.S. Embassies around the world. It operates as an online community that helps alumni stay in contact with one another and with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, DC. If you are an alumnus of one of the American Embassy in London’s exchange programs, you may register at this site: https://alumni.state.gov
We also invite all exchange alumni to register with their local alumni associations for England, Wales, and Scotland by notifying the Cultural Affairs Office at CultureLondon@state.gov .
US-UK Fulbright Commission
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the world’s largest merit-based scholarship programme. Created by treaty in 1948, the Fulbright Commission aims to foster cultural understanding through educational exchange, via an awards programme and the EducationUSA advisory service.
Full details are on their Commission's website at http://www.fulbright.org.uk
John Adams Society
The alumni organization for U.S. Embassy exchange programs for England and Wales.
The John Adams Society website is http://johnadamssociety.co.uk
Contact Details for the Cultural Office
The Cultural Affairs Office may be contacted as follows:
Phone:  (0)20 7499-9000 (ask for the Cultural Affairs Office)
Phone:  (0)20 7499-9000
(ask for the Cultural Office)