The International Institute designs and administers exchange programs for U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, international and non-governmental organizations, and groups. Programs may include orientations, meetings, workshops, seminars, and observational study in the field. Our goal is to offer participants the opportunity to interact and share best practices with their counterparts.
International Visitor Leadership Program, 2003 - Ongoing
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) promotes mutual understanding through carefully designed visits to the U.S for international visitors that address their professional interests and expand their range of contacts. Since its launch in the 1940s, the IVLP has provided leaders from all over the world the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas in their professional fields and to build lasting relationships with those they meet. The program, which invites over 4,000 distinguished visitors to the U.S. every year, is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The International Institute administers the International Visitor Leadership Program as one of seven Washington, DC-based national program agencies designated by the U.S. Department of State. We design short-term visits for current and future leaders from around the world to exchange ideas and share best practices with their U.S. counterparts in numerous fields.
Once the visitors complete their program, we encourage them to register and join the State alumni website and the Exchanges Connect website. These resources help them connect with fellow alumni around the world and Americans around the country.
For more about the International Visitor Leadership Program, please visit the State Department's IVLP website.
Indonesia, World Bank Spirit Program, 2014 – ongoing
Graduate School USA’s International Institute has hosted two delegations of government officials from Indonesia for programs on the Factor Evaluation System and Civil Service Retirement Restructuring. The programs were designed to help the delegates learn about the US systems to inform changes to their own systems. The Graduate School collaborated with World Bank staff to design and implement the programs. The Graduate School was responsible for arranging the details of the training programs which included classroom instruction, guest speakers and visits to federal agencies and other organizations. The programs were funded by World Bank’s SPIRIT Program and the Government of Indonesia.
Vietnam, "Leadership Skills for Effective Governance," 2014
Graduate School USA’s International Institute hosted an 18-member delegation of provincial leaders from Vietnam for a weeklong program titled “Leadership Skills for Effective Governance.” The program took place in Washington, DC and New York City. The School was responsible for arranging all details of the training program which included classroom instruction and meetings with city and federal agencies as well as the staff of several Committees of the US House of Representatives. The delegation had four days of classroom training focused on maximizing the performance of employees through trust, managing conflict, leading change, and organizational renewal and strategic leadership. The program was funded by the Government of Vietnam.
Japan, "Promoting Women’s Leadership and Diversity in Science and Energy" – Women’s Symposium, Japan 2014
Two Graduate School USA instructors conducted sessions at the Promoting Women’s Leadership and Diversity in Science and Energy symposium held in Tokyo, Japan from September 30 to October 1, 2014. The Symposium provided an opportunity for U.S. and Japanese women in leadership positions to compare and contrast diversity policies and share experiences on leading change to build diverse workforces. "Leadership Essentials," "Achieving Greater Workplace Diversity," and "Critical Thinking in Establishing Diversity through Human Capital Management Competency Assessments" were presented by Graduate School instructors. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was the keynote speaker and mentioned Graduate School USA in her remarks. Symposium attendees included government officials, private sector, and NGOs, as well as U.S. Embassy, GRIPS, and GSJ.
Global Ties US Project, 2012 - ongoing
The International Institute and GS Connect Team have collaborated to develop courses and webinars for Global Ties U.S. Global Ties U.S. is a network of over 100 nonprofit organizations across 44 states and 13 countries that connect leaders in U.S. communities with leaders from around the world.
Chinese Study Tours, 2006 - Ongoing
The International Institute works directly with clients located throughout China in designing, implementing, and evaluating professional study tour programs to the United States to share best practices with their American counterparts. The International Institute also partners with U.S. and Chinese institutions in developing exchange and capacity building programs.
Egypt, Egypt: Forward Initiative
As a subcontractor to the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), Graduate School USA was awarded a contract by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to organize two site visits as part of Egypt: Forward. The forum brought together nearly 50 leading Egyptian policy makers and private sector executives for a two-day forum in Washington, DC. Egypt: Forward provided an unprecedented opportunity to encourage increased trade and commercial ties between the United States and Egypt. Following the forum, Egyptian delegates divided into groups to conduct four simultaneous site visits focused on the energy, ICT, transportation, and agribusiness sectors. Graduate School USA organized the energy and transportation site visits to Houston and New York City, respectively.
Taiwan Leadership Program
The International Institute hosted senior officials from Taiwan for intensive training programs on “Leadership in a Democratic Society.” Delegates spent time with congressional leaders, think tanks, NGOs, and several U.S. government agencies, with the goal of sharing best practices. The delegates also received training in executive leadership, strategic planning, and communication.