International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) , the Department of State’s premier professional exchange initiative for emerging leaders. The short-term visits foster mutual understanding and develop cultural and professional connections. The program has over 225,000 alumni worldwide, including more than 300 Swiss alumni including Swiss Federal Councilors Simonetta Sommaruga and Karin Keller-Sutter; State Councilor Christian …

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Flexibility & Optimism: The Swiss and U.S. Fulbright Exchange During COVID-19

U.S. Fulbrighters in Switzerland In September 2019, 13 students from the United States arrived in Switzerland to conduct research in their respective fields of study. They spread out over the country, from Basel to Lucerne, Fribourg, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva. Filled with excitement, they were eager to capitalize on a year of living the Swiss …

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Swiss Politician and Entrepreneur Andri Silberschmidt Participates in an IVLP Exchange Program to the United States

This past winter, Andri Silberschmidt, a politician and entrepreneur from Switzerland, participated in a three-week IVLP exchange program designed by the U.S. Department of State. Back in Bern, around a table of interested U.S. Embassy staff, Andri shared his experience: The IVLP program makes it possible to break down prejudices, make new friends, better understand …

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