Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 28, 2012


Secretary of State Clinton and Foreign Minister Rinkevics today signed an Agreement to renew the U.S.-Latvia Fulbright Academic Exchange Program. This marks a significant step in furthering cooperation between students and scholars, as well as educational, scientific, and research institutions of the Republic of Latvia and the United States of America.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

This Agreement lays the groundwork for continued cooperation and investment towards the success of the U.S.-Latvia Fulbright Program. The Agreement also demonstrates the Government of Latvia’s commitment to the success of the program through its support for the travel costs of all Latvian participants.

The previous Agreement on the Fulbright Program was signed on January 29, 2010, in Riga.



PRN: 2012/1065