About the program
Launched in 1940 – and administered with IIE since 1972 – IVLP connects current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.
- More than 5,000 international participants per year. In FY 2012, nearly 1,900 were welcomed by IIE.
- Alumni include more than 300 current and former heads of state, and countless industry and civil society leaders.
- No application process – participants are selected by Foreign Service Officers at U.S. embassies around the world.
History and Experience
The IVLP is an opportunity to experience American culture firsthand, cultivate lasting relationships and inspire leadership to address global challenges.
Learn more about the IVLP history and experience:
Download the Fact Sheet (1.41 MB, PDF)
Questions about the IVLP
Visit the U.S. Department of State IVLP Website
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