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What We Do
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. 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.






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75 Years of State Department-Sponsored Exchanges

In the aftermath of one World War and with another beginning, the United States recognized information and ideas can have greater impact than weapons and sought to improve international relations by bringing people of different countries together. The U.S. Department of State formed a Division of Cultural Relations, which launched a program of travel grants for visits to the United States by leaders in various fields from the other American Republics. This program marked the beginning of what would become the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Explore important milestones in exchange program history with our interactive timeline.





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Photo Gallery
Explore photos demonstrating the value of exchange programs to people and communities.
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Test Your Memory Skills

Match photos of U.S. Presidents with Exchange participants to win the game.



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View some of our newest videos to learn more about our exchange program offerings
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Help build lasting relationships around the world. Together we are generating innovation and entrepreneurship, fueling economic prosperity, respect for diversity, and creating a safer world. Connect with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs!