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Since 1967, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been a leader in preparing young people for honorable leadership by educating them in the ideas most conducive to individual freedom, human achievement, and personal responsibility. TFAS has been the launching pad for more than 42,000 students who have participated in our programs in the United States and around the world in Asia, Europe, and South America.  Alumni of our program are leaders in government, business, the media and nonprofit sector.

International Programs

Our International Programs are cross-cultural academic experiences that bring together students from around the world.

  • Europe – The American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Prague, Czech Republic) is for students from Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States who are interested in exploring fundamental issues related to political philosophy, political economy, and conflict management.
  • Asia – The Asia Institute for Political Economy (Hong Kong) is for students from Asia and the United States who are interested in analyzing and debating issues relating to political economy, global trade, and economic developments.
  • South America – The Institute for Leadership in the Americas (Santiago, Chile) is for students from South America, Central America, and the United States who are interested in studying economics, political theory, the rule of law, and institutional governance.

Washington, DC Programs

Our Washington, DC Programs combine academic coursework with an internship that is related to their academic and career interests.

  • Public Policy + Economics – for students wanting to pursue careers in public policy, economics, government, and the nonprofit sector.
  • International Affairs – for students interested in a career in the foreign service, international affairs, or multi-national NGOs.
  • Journalism + Communications – for students interested in a career in journalism, communications and public relations.
  • Business + Government Relations – for students interested in exploring a career in business, lobbying, trade associations and government affairs offices.
  • Leadership + the American Presidency – for civic-minded students wanting to define and strengthen their leadership skills and learn lessons from the American Presidency to apply to their careers.
  • Capital Semester – for students who are interested in a spending a full fall or spring semester in Washington, DC.
  • Summer Law Fellowship – for first and second year law students looking to add a DC experience to their legal portfolio.

More information on our Washington, DC Programs can be found at www.dcinternships.org.

While TFAS is headquartered in Washington, DC, additional continuing education programs are available to alumni around the country in addition to regional conferences for donors, professors, and other students throughout the year.

For additional information about The Fund for American Studies, please visit www.TFAS.org.