International Visitor Leadership Program

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International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

About The Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' premier professional exchange program. The IVLP builds mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

Who Can Participate?

There is no application process for IVLP. Participants are selected by Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world.

Fast Facts

  • Year of Inception: 1940
  • Participants per Year: 4,500
  • Alumni who are Current and Former Heads of State: 350+

Partners & Sponsors

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State administered by IIE.

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    Dept. of State
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