International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

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International Visitor Leadership Program Overview

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The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs premier professional exchange program and UCCD's flagship program.

Launched in 1940, IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build understanding and international relations between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits in various cities across the U.S. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Since 1967, UCCD has welcomed more than 10,000 International Visitors from more than 200 countries to Utah. 

Who are International Visitors?

International Visitors are current or emerging leaders in countries across the globe. Just a few of the occupations represented in IVLP include governors, mayors, members of parliament, judges, business owners, religious leaders, reporters, teachers and professors, artists, dancers, actors, social activists, scientists, researchers, authors, journalists, bankers, and entrepreneurs. One thing is certain - International Visitors are change makers!

Over 5,000 International Visitors come to the United States from all over the world each year. Since its inception in 1940, thousands of distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, including 330 Heads of Government.

Click here for more information on IVLP alumni and their achievements.

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What do International Visitors do in Utah & the U.S.?

Zion Save The Planet August 2017_IVLP_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyInternational Visitors travel to the U.S. for carefully designed programs that reflect their professional interests and U.S. foreign policy goals - examples of the thematic programs might address Interfaith Dialogue, Nonprofit Management, Journalism, Trafficking, Business Management, Anti-Corruption, or Law Enforcement Partnerships to name a few.

While in the U.S., International Visitors typically visit Washington, D.C. and three additional towns or cities that highlight the tremendous diversity of the U.S. They attend professional appointments with businesses doing similar initiatives to discuss best-practices, share innovative ideas, identify networks and resources, and learn various perspectives of their program theme. The professional appointments often include learning about the U.S. system of government at the national, state and local levels and visiting American schools.

Additionally, International Visitors participate in American culture and social life. For Utah, our International Visitors might visit a state or national park, experience the Olympic Legacy Park or listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, watch one of Utah's professional sports teams, or explore a museum or observes a performing arts event. And many of our International Visitors play in the greatest snow on earth for the first time in their lives!

What are the benefits of IVLP?

YLAI 2017 Welfare Square Flags_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyAfter the International Visitors return to their home countries, they implement the ideas, best-practices, and resources that they collected from meetings they attended in Utah and the U.S.

Often, International Visitors return home with a new understanding and perspective of the U.S. based on the experiences and cultural knowledge they gained during their visit.

Thus IVLP promotes not only the exchange of persons and ideas, but it is a powerful tool for creating sustainable economic and social relationships in a globally connected world.

Finally, IVLP is a beneficial asset to our state as it provides more than $1,000,000 in economic development through tourism.

Can I apply to become an International Visitor?

No, there is no application for this program.  International Visitors are selected and nominated annually by American Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world.

Who administers IVLP?

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds and administers the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  In doing so, the Bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies (NPAs), a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C. that design and implement International Visitor Leadership Programs. 

In addition to the national program agencies, the International Visitor Leadership Program also relies on the commitment and skills of volunteer-based community organizations across the United States, known as Community-Based Member organizations (CBMs).  Under the professional association of the Global Ties U.S. (formerly NCIV), local CBM staff work with NPAs to develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for International Visitors. There are currently more than 90 CBMs in 45 states. The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is the CBM for the state of Utah.

How can Americans get involved in the International Visitor Leadership Program?

Citizen diplomacy is a powerful tool for creating sustainable economic and social relationships in a globally connected world.  Please support UCCD’s efforts by becoming a Professional Resource that meets with our International Visitors; host a dinner for some of our International Visitors through our Taste of Home Hospitality program; volunteer at our World Affairs Lecture Series, Vivaldi by Candlelight fundraiser, or WORLDQUEST global trivia competition; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss other ways to get involved.