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.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education typically receives about 1,000 international visitors from a wide range of countries across the globe. Visitors include government officials, legislators, researchers, educators, students, journalists and other professionals who are interested in learning about U.S. education. In addition to providing an overview of the U.S. Education System, briefings can cover a broad range of topics, including career and technical education, postsecondary education, equal access to education and selected Department initiatives.

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.

Distribution of International Visitors by Country of Origin

Number of International Visitors map


ED Contact: Sambia Shivers-Barclay


Photos of International Dignitaries

October 30-31, 2018:
Secretary DeVos at the 4th U.S.-China State & Provincial Education Leaders Dialogue


October 2, 2018:
Secretary DeVos & Uzbekistan’s Minister of Public Education Sherzod Shermatov

May 2, 2018:
Secretary DeVos & Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi


February 15, 2018:
Secretary DeVos & Israel’s Minister of Education, Mr. Naftali Bennett


February 7, 2018:
Secretary DeVos & Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science, Ms. Lilia Hrynevych


October 25, 2017:
Secretary DeVos & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed M. Al-Eisa

July 18, 2017:
Acting Under Secretary Jim Manning & Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Naoya Higuchi

July 17, 2017:
Secretary DeVos & Switzerland’s Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann

April 24, 2017:
Secretary DeVos & Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Alexander Jejelava

March 30, 2017:
Secretary DeVos & Brazil’s Minister of Education, Mr. José Mendonça Bezerra Filho



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

<- Back