IVLP program participants from African Women's Entrepreneurship Program

IVLP Experience

Learn more about the IVLP experience and how to participate.

Current and emerging leaders from across the world come to the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to meet with professional counterparts and visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to their field of interest.

International Visitors Travel to the United States

International Visitors typically travel to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests, and other factors. Participants travel alone, with others from their home country, or they may be in a group of all different nationalities, depending on the theme.

International Visitors Learn About the American Culture and Businesses

While in the U.S., International Visitors typically start in Washington, D.C.. then they often:

  • Travel to three additional cities or towns that highlight the tremendous diversity of the U.S.
  • Attend professional appointments with their American counterparts
  • Learn about the U.S. system of government at the national, state and local levels
  • Visit American schools, and experience American culture and social life
IVLP Highlights

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International Visitors Share Their Culture

International Visitors also share their culture and offer insight on best practices and perspectives with their hosts in the United States.

International Visitors are accompanied by either foreign language interpreters or English language officers, contractors though the State Department’s Office of Language Services, who also facilitate travel and help explain American society, history, and culture.

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IVLP Stories

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Learn More About the Exchange Experience

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  • Tips on adjusting to a new culture
  • Advantages of participating
  • How to join the Alumni network when you return

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Preparing for Your Trip

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