The Alumni Initiative
About the Initiative
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich sponsor a variety of international exchange programs each year, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). These exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Germany. The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.
U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni living in Germany have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities, as well as receive access to specialized resources such as:
- Alumni associations
- Event such as: conferences, receptions, roundtables, and training sessions
- Specialized resources including
- Other opportunities involving alumni-run initiatives (i.e., mentoring, volunteering, conferences, etc.)
If you are an alumnus(a) and have ideas for events or activities, we want to hear from you! Please contact: GermanAlumni@state.gov
Who is an alumnus/alumna?
You are an alumnus/alumna of a USG–sponsored program if you have participated in at least one of the following exchange programs:
- Fulbright Exchange Programs
- International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) -
Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm (PPP)
- Congress–Bundestag/Bundesrat Staff Exchange (CBBSX)
- German–American Partnership Program (GAPP)
- Eastern German Teachers Visitor Program (EGTVP)
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Initiative
- Study of the U.S. Institutes
- Summer Institute for Outstanding European Students
- Windows on America
Online Global Community for Alumni
STATE ALUMNI is the official website for more than 1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Interactive, dynamic, and password-protected, alumni.state.gov offers alumni from U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs a place to:
- Network with alumni from Fulbright, IVLP, and other programs
- Find grant and funding opportunities worth more than $33 billion
- Access more than 20,000 free periodicals, newspapers, and more
- Find the latest research in your field, plus job and career resources
- Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts
- Share your experience with a global audience
- Read alumni success stories, perspectives, and ideas
- Stay involved through a local alumni association
The emphasis in State Alumni is on user-created content, so members are encouraged to post events, job announcements, news, photos, and grant opportunities directly to State Alumni. To access the global community, please click on the link below:
All alumni are invited to register for the site by clicking “Join Now.” All members are verified as alumni of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program before receiving full access.
The AGS Community
In addition to the State Alumni website, the German-speaking countries have developed the “AGS Community” serving Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Tailored to the needs of the German-speaking alumni, the “AGS Community” contains many of the same features as State Alumni, such as jobs, grants, news and other opportunities, but is specific to the AGS region. German-language content is also available.
Once alumni log in to State Alumni, they can select the "The AGS Community” from the "Communities” drop-down on the right-hand side of the State Alumni home page. Only alumni of Austria, Germany and Switzerland are given access to the community.
How you can contact us:
For questions regarding the State Alumni website, please visit
https://alumni.state.gov and click on "contact us."
For all questions Germany’s Alumni Initiative please contact us at GermanAlumni@state.gov