International Visitor Leadership Program

We host more than 250 exchange visitors annually through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). IVLP participants travel to the United States for short-term exchange programs designed to build understanding between professionals from abroad and local communities.

Through workshops, volunteer activities, and site visits, we work with local specialists across disciplines as resources for engaging and informative meetings for international leaders. These are exchange programs that matters and provide strong global ties to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Programs explore a variety of careers whether it’s regional trade issues, countering gender-based violence, cybersecurity or entrepreneurship.

World Affairs Council is a member of Global Ties U.S., a national nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State.

Custom Exchange Programs

We have designed short-term exchange programs in partnership with U.S. Embassies, government entities, and universities to create custom professional and cultural exchange opportunities that bring individuals from all over the world to discuss ways to collaborate across borders on global challenges. Our custom exchange programs have featured:

  • Lean manufacturing strategies for Ph.D. students
  • Job shadow opportunities at disability organizations and marketing firms
  • Getting to know American culture
  • Workshops on skills such as resume building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, volunteers, fundraising, and more.

Provide top notch global exchange experiences for your educational and professional network. Contact James McManus, Director of International Programs, for more information.

You welcomed a stranger and sent home a friend.”
- Madhura M. Chatrapthy, U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)