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Educational Exchanges

Throughout 2015, the U.S. Department of State will celebrate 75 years of international exchange programs. The Department administers exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year, which advance U.S. foreign policy priorities; reach underserved communities, youth, women, and minority populations; and contribute to U.S. global competitiveness.

In 1940, educators and scholars from Peru and Ecuador arrived in the United States on the first recognized exchange programs and what would become the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Simultaneously, in 1940, the then Bureau of Cultural Relations sent and received students and teachers on exchange programs, planting the seeds of what would become the Fulbright program.

People-to-people international exchange programs improve our understanding of different cultures and viewpoints, build language and leadership skills, and enhance economic prosperity and security. Our exchange alumni include 385 current or former heads of state, 63 Nobel laureates, and thousands of leaders across the private and non-profit sectors.

For more information about educational exchanges for citizens of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, click here.

For more information about educational exchanges for American citizens, click here.

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