Graduate School USA is one of seven national programming agencies that implement the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Our IVLP projects meet the professional goals of both U.S. embassies abroad and the participants as well as address the overarching foreign policy objectives of the United States.
Our organization works in partnership with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as well as a vast network of local partner organizations called CBMs (community-based members) to plan, design, and execute these IVLP projects.
In order to achieve these goals, we arrange meetings between the international visitors and their professional counterparts in Washington D.C. and other communities with federal agencies, NGOs, think tanks, private sector organizations, and academic institutions among others.
Through face to face informational exchange, site visits and tours, experiential learning and volunteering, and virtual meetings via the use of Graduate School USA’s state of the are technologies, participants exchange best practices, challenges and achievements in relevant fields.
IVLP projects include a cultural perspective that complements the trips of international visitors and gives them a better sense of local American culture and customs. A dinner with an American family in St. Louis, a weekend trip to the Grand Canyon, a Broadway performance of the Lion King, or an architectural boat tour of Chicago are examples of the cultural activities that participants engage in while on their program.