The Fulbright Program supports educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and over 140 countries. The program has enriched the lives of over 225,000 men and women and has brought some of the world's finest minds to U.S. campuses. More than 1,300 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows/Students enter U.S. academic programs each year. Many Fulbrighters are young professionals who will return to responsible positions in their home countries. They often are involved in building institutions and government service when they return home.