International Visitors and Dignitaries

The International Visitors Leadership Program is a professional exchange program that seeks to encourage mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations, and to support people-to-people connections. Through communication at the personal and professional level, the program is carefully designed to partner current and emerging international leaders. Visits are managed by the International Affairs Office.

The Department of Education receives international visitors from around the world. Visitors include government officials, legislators, researchers, educators, students, media and other professionals who are interested in learning from ED specialists. Topics include, for example,  overview of U.S. Education System, ED initiatives, such as Race to the Top, postsecondary education, and english language acquisition. In 2013-2014, ED hosted more than 1,500 visitors from 91 countries.

The Department also welcomes international dignitaries – generally ministers and vice ministers – in an ongoing effort to support education diplomacy and promote global learning through the sharing of best practices.

Number of International Visitors by Year

Distribution of International Visitors by Country of Origin

Number of International Visitors map


ED Contact: Sambia Shivers-Barclay


Photos of International Dignitaries

International Dignitaries FY 2014

International Dignitaries FY 2013

International Dignitaries FY 2012

International Dignitaries FY 2011

International Dignitaries FY 2010

International Dignitaries FY 2009



U.S. Department of State, International Visitor Leadership Program

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