The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s professional exchange program. This program brings international leaders in a variety of fields to the U.S. through multi-week visits to foster relationships with American counterparts. Through professional meetings, these visits reflect both the professional interests of the participants, while supporting the foreign policy goals of the United States.
In addition to hosting visitors from IVLP, Santa Fe CIR also hosts visitors from the Open World Program and the Korean National Assembly Exchange.
According to Global Ties U.S., international exchange programs not only help build a more peaceful world, they also help make the United States more prosperous and secure. With over one million exchange program alumni around the world—which includes almost 1,700 government ministers and 364 current and former heads of state—it is no surprise that U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security. In addition, international students brought $22 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013.