About American Spaces

American Spaces are modern physical settings tailored for fostering relationships with foreign audiences. As a global network, they build bridges between people of other countries and the United States, increasing understanding, collaboration and partnership. Under the sponsorship of a U.S. embassy or consulate, each American Space provides a broad range of programs, to include

  • presenting accurate information about the United States and its foreign policies;
  • offering opportunities for English language learning;
  • promoting study at U.S. universities;
  • producing cultural programs; and
  • involving alumni participants of U.S. exchange programs in all these activities.

The Office of American Spaces in Washington serves as the beacon for the entire network, providing consistency in guidance and policies as well as allocating approximately $15 million annually through the American Spaces Support Funds budget. The Office of American Spaces resides in the Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State. IIP provides communications support for the public diplomacy initiatives and activities of all U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.