About Sister Cities

Sister Cities International (SCI) is a national initiative begun by Dwight D. Eisenhower shortly after World War II, to develop economic, cultural and technical exchanges between US cities, counties, and states with corresponding communities worldwide. The goal of the Sister Cities program is to involve people and organized groups at all levels of society, establishing productive, people-to-people relationships through global community partnerships and volunteer action.

Today, the SCI represents 1,200 US cities, counties and states and their 2,100 partners in 125 countries worldwide. As international cooperation gains importance, city-to-city programs continue to play a significant role in overall global development and cultural understanding.

A World of Opportunities

The City of San Antonio enjoys active and productive Sister City relationships with eleven cities worldwide. Sister Cities offer unique opportunities for diverse and exciting exchanges with residents in foreign communities.

These exchanges may include:

  • Arts, Education, and Cultural Exchange
  • Economic and Business Development
  • Sports and Youth Leadership
  • Health and Research
  • Municipal Training and Community Problem-Solving
  • Technology Exchange and Training