The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders from a variety of fields experience American culture firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support stronger bilateral relations between the United States and the participant’s home country.
Each year, nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the United States on the IVLP. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.