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What is the IVLP?

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a U.S. Department of State funded professional exchange program that brings current and emerging foreign leaders to the United States.

The majority of IVLP projects include visits to three to four diverse U.S. communities over three weeks. The professional focus of projects spans a myriad of topics ranging from climate change and renewable energy to interfaith dialogue, community policing, grassroots democracy, cyber-crime, disability rights, and countless others.

IVLP participants engage with their professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme, and participate in cultural and social activities that better acquaint them with U.S. culture and best practices.

IVLP was launched in 1940 to strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by helping current and future leaders share knowledge, grow professionally, improve their institutions, and enhance mutual understanding throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on this program. More than 200,000 international visitors have engaged with Americans through IVLP, including 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.