International Visitor Program

IVP 2016 Map

In 2016 IVP welcomed visitors from 148 different countries. Key indicates number of visitors from each country.


The International Visitor Program (IVP) advances international understanding by connecting Greater Seattle community members with leaders from around the world through professional and youth exchange programs. IVP brings these individuals together to engage in open and candid dialogue and help build the foundation for addressing global issues. The person-to-person meetings arranged by IVP allow people to see their shared values and powerfully diminish the boundaries of language, culture, and nation.

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Our Core Programs:

  • The International Visitor Leadership Program

The majority of visitors IVP hosts each year come to Seattle as a part of the Department of State SealUnited States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP arranges programs for current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields in tandem with U.S. Foreign Policy goals. It has brought visiting leaders to the U.S. for over 75 years. Alumni include over 300 current and former heads of state. IVP is a member of Global Ties U.S. and one of 91 councils nationwide who host visitors.

  • Global Youth Leadership Programs

IVP hosts youth from around the globe for leadership programs that East Team 2include home stays, mentoring, school visits, and intensive project work on topics such as grassroots democracy, ethnic tolerance, youth leadership, social entrepreneurship, international understanding through art, political leadership, and volunteerism.  The programs also send youth from the Seattle community on reverse exchanges to countries around the world.

  • Short-Term Professional Programs

IVP arranges short-term professional exchange programs upon request OW Picfor NGOs, governments, and businesses. Regular programs include the Open World Leadership Center exchange program and the Department of State Professional Fellows Program. If you would like to inquire about IVP’s full range of exchange services, please contact the IVP Team.

Are you interested in meeting international visitors?  Check our calendar for upcoming IVP networking receptions, become a professional host, dinner host or overnight/homestay host, or check out the Council’s volunteer and internship programs.