Whatever your profession, whatever your field, we’ve probably had a visitor who would have benefited from meeting you, and you from meeting them!
The International Visitor Leadership Program brings 4,500 participants to the United States from all over the world each year for firsthand exposure to their professional counterparts and U.S. society. Each visitor spends approximately 22 days in the U.S. and visits 4 or 5 different states and regions. The Council administers the 6th largest visitor program in the U.S. Each year, the Council arranges for over 500 of these visitors to visit Portland and cities throughout Oregon. Visitors frequently highlight Oregon as the most valuable part of their national program. Last year alone, the Council hosted visitors from 187 countries.
The visitors, who have been identified as rising stars in key fields and future leaders of their countries, are nominated by U.S. Embassies overseas. More than 200 current and former Heads of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Program. A few of the Program's distinguished alumni include such individuals as Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, Giscard D'Estaing, Indira Gandhi, Julius Nyerere, Oscar Arias, and F.W. deKlerk. The International Visitor Program operates under authority of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act). For more information please visit the U.S. State Department website or the National Council for International Visitors website.