About Us

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 17,000 students who have participated in our programs in Washington, DC 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.

  • Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems – for students wanting to pursue careers in public policy, economics and government service.
  • Institute on Economics and International Affairs – for students interested in a career in the Foreign Service, international affairs, or multinational NGOs.
  • Institute on Political Journalism – for students interested in a career in journalism, communications and public relations.
  • Institute on Business and Government Affairs – for students interested in a career in lobbying, trade associations and government affairs offices.
  • Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service – for students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, direct service and fundraising.
  • Capital Semester – for students who are interested in a spending a full semester in Washington, DC.
  • Legal Studies Institute – for first and second year law students looking to add a DC experience to their legal portfolio.
  • Leadership and 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.

More information on our Washington, DC Programs can be found at

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.

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