The International Visitor Leadership Program provides opportunities for professional exchange between Minnesotans and mid-career international professionals. The program also gives them a wide sampling of U.S. life through home, small town and farm visits and through cultural events. Most of the several hundred international visitors who come through Minnesota each year are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
The majority of International Visitors have the opportunity to be a dinner guest in the home of a Minnesota International Center member.
The Minnesota International Center is a member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV).
Recent & Upcoming Exchanges
Recent and upcoming International Visitors whose itineraries are planned by the International Visitor Leadership Program of the Minnesota International Center:
- Energy Resource Management
6 visitors from Azerbaijan and Georgia will be here to learn how energy resource organizations are structured and how they manage and monitor resources.
- Civic Responsibility
A group of 5 from Azerbaijan will be here studying the role of nonprofit groups, volunteerism, and campaigning.
- Accountability of State Governments
24 visitors from countries throughout the world will be researching the role of media as a watchdog for government transparency and accountability.
- Civil Society and Democratic Institutions
A group of 12 professionals from the Western Hemisphere will be here observing nonprofit organizations, volunteerism, and social programs.
- Political Parties and Electoral Issues in the U.S. Presidential Election
5 Venezuelan Electoral officials, advisors and aides come to study the role and structure of U.S. Political parties as well as relations between the state, local and federal party structures.
- Urban Land Use in the United States
6 Georgian urban developers come to study how we deal with overcrowding in the city center, uncontrolled development, loss of green space in cities and the lack of citizen participation in the planning process.
- Understanding the U.S. Adoption Process
5 Tajikistan judicial officials and legislators visit local adoption agencies and an international adoption clinic and have the opportunity to examine efforts to mainstream children with disabilities.
- Medical Safety Devices
1 Korean Deputy Director of the Korean Division of Medical Devices Safety is coming to investigate aspects of medical device regulation, safety, and international trade.
- China Agriculture
4 Chinese Ministry of Agriculture officials come to learn and study how to promote the development of deep processing of corn, pollution management of corn processing, and technology and trade cooperation.
- Community Based Educational Exchange Program
9 Russian educators and administrators come to be exposed to the U.S. educational system and emphasize the role of exchanges in promoting international education.
- Radio Broadcasting in the U.S.
11 African radio broadcasters, journalists and officials are coming to explore the history, structure, and functions of broadcasting in the U.S.
- Civil Rights Development and Multicultural Studies
7 Slovak Republic Press officials, Social Development ministers and Labor officials survey economic development initiatives aimed at minorities, as well as issues faced by the Native American community in Minnesota.
1 Thai specialist in the prevention of trafficking children and women is coming to examine issues pertaining to her profession, particularly among minority groups.
- Civic Education
8 Albanian governmental officials, educators and journalists from a mid-sized community called Elbasan come to explore the history of participatory government in the U.S., how communities identify priorities and allocate resources and ways to increase government transparency and accountability.
- Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S.
24 educators and administrators from 21 countries come to examine current trends, explore innovative education inniatives and identify common interests.
- Child Abduction
3 Costa Rican judicial officials are coming to study how law enforcement officials in the U.S. respond to child abduction cases, and to examine how the U.S. adoption process works at each level of government.