The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors newest addition.
In 2020, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors launched IVLP Virtual, the newest addition to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Leveraging the latest tools in online collaboration, IVLP Virtual delivers a premier virtual exchange experience that preserves the unique character of the IVLP.
Through digital meetings, IVLP Virtual enables current and emerging foreign leaders to foster lasting relationships with American counterparts, address topics of strategic interest, and develop greater familiarity and understanding of American values and communities. This program draws on resources from a variety of sectors at the national, state, and local levels, including government, non-profit, corporate, education, and media. IVLP Virtual projects include a broad spectrum of programming activities designed to immerse participants in American culture and deepen their engagement with Americans. These include cultural activities, hospitality sessions with local families, salon series discussions, reunions with prior year groups, and individual or panel presentations.
IVLP Virtual projects are short-term exchanges that include a series of meetings with American counterparts in cities across the country occurring over the course of up to four weeks. At the conclusion of an IVLP Virtual project, participants become members of the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni network and remain eligible for future in-person IVLP exchanges.
Like the traditional IVLP, there is no application for IVLP Virtual. Participants are nominated and selected by staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.
To learn more about the national network that helps implement IVLP Virtual projects, please visit the Global Ties U.S. website.