GII is a joint effort of the U.S. and the UK governments:
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, ECA works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships.
UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the UK Government’s department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. BIS works with further and higher education providers to give students the skills they need to compete in a global employment market; supports innovation and develops the UK’s science and research industry; and supports British businesses to increase productivity and compete anywhere in the world.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. The British Council works in more than 100 countries and 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the British Council in the USA re-energises the transatlantic relationship, develops young leaders’ networks, and partners with international organisations to work on shared agendas.
Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is the administrative partner operating on behalf of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.