The International Visitor Leadership Program

November 15, 2012 By Beth Robertson

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a professional exchange program of the US Department of State designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Since its inception in 1940, nearly 200,000 foreign nationals have participated in the IVLP. U.S. embassies nominate participants based on their professional merit and leadership potential. In 2013, 4,853 international leaders participated in IVLP projects of up to three weeks, including visits to Washington, D.C. and two or three other U.S. cities. They meet with their U.S. professional counterparts to gain an understanding of U.S. policies and practices and participate in cultural activities during their stay in the United States. Worldwide there are more than 53 program alumni who are current heads of government or chiefs of state.

PTCIV is a member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), the association that serves as liaison between the U.S. Department of State and individual councils for the administration of the IVLP. Individuals and groups we host in Greensboro range in size from 1 to 20, and come from all regions of the world and almost every country. The programs we attract mirror the economic, educational and political diversity of this region and include programs in economic development, civil and human rights, volunteerism, higher education, IT, K – 12 education, local governance, elections & political systems, and the arts, to name a few.  Last year, PTCIV hosted 11 groups and more than 70 visitors from all around the world.