International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
WorldChicago organizes professional meetings and cultural activities for current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields visiting Chicago through the U.S. Department of State’s premiere professional exchange program. Chicago citizen diplomats have opportunity to collaborate and connect with our visiting leaders during their visits. Learn more.
Professional Fellows Programs
Emerging international leaders gain firsthand exposure to and experience in American political processes, civil society, and entrepreneurship through short-term fellowships with Chicago-area institutions and host families. Participating Chicagoans have opportunity to travel abroad on reciprocal visits. Learn more.
Youth Leadership Programs
Youth programs empower the next generation of American and international youth to promote global understanding, transform societies, and support democratic ideals. Chicago youth and host families help establish long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. Learn more.
Open World Program
WorldChicago helps develop a network of Eurasian political and civic leaders to enhance understanding and cooperation between the United States and post-Soviet countries. Delegates gain firsthand exposure to American democracy and government, and engage in issues with transnational impact. Learn more.
WorldChicago facilitates practical training opportunities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, government officials, legal professionals, nonprofit leaders, and other professionals from Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Learn more.
WorldChicago hosts international leaders, teachers, and professionals from Shanghai, China, Madrid, Spain, and more. Learn more.
What are Exchanges?
The Department of State asked their social media communities to share what State Department exchange programs meant to them. Discover the responses below.