International Visitor Leadership Program

Collage: Photos of IVLP Participants

International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

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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