AEF encourages American students of all disciplines to study Asian languages and cultures. AEF advocates an integrated educational philosophy that brings together the acquisition of professional skills and the understanding of the environment in which those skills would be applied, thus enabling students to obtain not only expertise, but also an enhanced international perspective and effective communication skills. By encouraging the learning of foreign languages and cultures, we help cultivate a generation of global citizens in a world where the understanding of other cultures is vital to economic prosperity and national security.
AEF is a publicly funded non-profit organization. The Foundation is funded by grants from government, charitable foundations and corporations, donations from organizations and individuals, memberships from corporations and individuals, and revenues generated from various programs.