Public Diplomacy Section

The Public Diplomacy (PD) section is the media, cultural and education section of the Embassy. PD is responsible for the Embassy’s media relations and for a variety of cultural, information and exchange programs.  They handle press inquiries, requests for interviews, and press releases and other Embassy statements.  The Cultural Unit sponsors speakers, seminars and exchanges. The Provincial Programs Unit (PD/P) promotes mutual understanding in the areas of Korea outside the capital and the PD/P staff engages opinion leaders in academia, media, politics, and the arts, as well as the general public, by organizing lectures, seminars, press events, and artistic performances.  American Center Korea is the U.S. Embassy’s reference and research service.  American Center Korea (ACK) focuses on delivering accurate and up-to-date information about U.S. foreign policy, culture, and society to the Korean public. Professionally staffed, the American Center Korea maintains a state-of-the-art library with resources about the United States. It also supports a wide range of programs on U.S. foreign policy, culture and society; English language learning; EducationUSA; and a Makerspace that provides hands-on experience with various digital media such as 3-D printers and virtual reality.

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is responsible for the Embassy’s educational and citizen exchange programs, media relations and public information programs about the United States.  Through seminars, visiting speakers and other programs, the Public Diplomacy Section engages Korean audiences in discussions on such issues of mutual concern as security, economics and trade, environmental policy, and on scholarly topics related to the study of the U.S.

Press inquiries for any Embassy official should first be directed to our Media Unit Officer, who can provide current information on U.S. policy, advise on which Embassy official to contact with a specific question, and arrange interviews.

For information on almost all subjects about the United States, its policies, society, and culture, contact our American Center Korea.  American Center Korea is staffed by professional documentation and reference specialists who are equipped with the most up-to-date modern information retrieval technologies to provide you with specialized, substantive, and accurate information about the United States.

The Public Diplomacy Section supports a variety of educational exchange programs through the binational Korean-American Educational Commission (KAEC), also known as the Fulbright Commission.  KAEC has an educational advisor who provides information to individuals with their own or other institutional means to study in the U.S.  The advisor can tell them how to find an appropriate university, how to apply, and how to prepare for student life in America.  KAEC also administers the required examinations for entry into college and graduate programs. For more information see the Fulbright homepage.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Office Days Hours
Public Diplomacy Section Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
American Center Korea Monday through Friday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

The American Embassy offices are closed on American and Korean holidays.

Contact:
Public Diplomacy Section
#10 Namyoung-dong,Yongsan-ku, Seoul 140-160, Korea
Email: EmbassySeoulPA@state.gov
MSP Request: SeoulMSP@state.gov

Last Updated: March 14, 2018

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