About the ACS International Center™

The mission of the ACS International Center™ is to assure that the next generation of chemical scientists is prepared and able to engage successfully in the global chemical enterprise and to address global challenges. Indeed, chemical practitioners in the United States are facing an ever-changing landscape in terms of competitiveness and increasing interaction with practitioners from other parts of the world.

Among these challenges are the rising productivity of basic research globally, an offshoring of numerous jobs in the chemical enterprise, a visa policy that makes it difficult to attract and retain global talent, and persistent threats to domestic R&D budgets. The chemical practitioner of the future will have to be comfortable with increasing global mobility and will need to possess facility in dealing with people from different cultures, while at the same time keeping abreast of cutting-edge research and business practices.

The ACS International Center™ seeks to be a resource that helps chemical practitioners prepare for the reality of this changing landscape.

Before engaging in any program, it is recommended that you speak to the administration at your organization to determine if there are any concerns regarding unethical use of intellectual property, or disregard to safety precautions. The International Center would also like to note that it is strictly intended to be a resource for information, and does not favor nor endorse specific programs or institutions.

Please note that content on the ACS International Center™ site is consistently being updated and revised in order to bring you the most up-to-date information. If you notice an error, or find a program that is missing, please contact us through one of the methods listed.


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The ACS International Center™ is a program managed by the ACS Office of International Activities under the imprimatur of the ACS Committee on International Activities.
The ACS IC is an online clearinghouse of information on international exchange programs for high schoolers, undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, faculty, and professionals from across the globe seeking more information for their international achievement.
All terms used on the website refers to those used within the American educational system and may differ from those used in other regions.

The 15-member Joint Board-Council Committee on International Activities (IAC) was established by action of the ACS Board of Directors on June 27, 1962 and was upgraded in 1974 to a joint Board-Council Committee. The IAC is responsible for studying and recommending appropriate SOCIETY participation and cooperation in international undertakings pertaining to chemical education, professional activities, and scientific matters of interest to chemists and chemical engineers, and coordinating its efforts with those of other organizations.