USIA International Visitor Program
International Visitor Projects
The International Visitor Program includes
individual and group projects. Individual Projects are tailored for
the visitor's professional interests. Group Projects are designed before the visitors
arrive in the United States and focus on the common professional interests of the group.
Whenever a group travels throughout the United States it is accompanied by professional
All International Visitor projects are designed to present diverse experiences and
discussion topics for their participants. USIA desires participation in this program to be a lively
and stimulating learning experience. The emphasis is not only on professionally-oriented
meetings. It is an important aspect of the program for the visitors to gain an appreciation not
only of the geographic size and variety of the U.S., but also its ethnic, cultural, and
Projects for Individual Grantees
Individual Grant Projects are designed with the participant's involvement. The
participant's suggestions are sent to Washington D.C. before he/she leaves his/her country.
These suggestions are discussed among those responsible for developing the participant's
program, and a preliminary plan is developed. After the participant arrives in the U.S., this plan
is discussed with the participant and final arrangements are made.
Projects for Groups of Grantees
For each Multi-Regional and Regional Group Project, an outline is prepared
summarizing the goals of the project, characteristics of the foreign participants, the project
themes and the types of activities that may be helpful in meeting the major goals of the project.
The summaries are sent to programming institutions and the U.S. embassies abroad. The
programming agencies use the outlines as the basis for preparing their project proposals. The
embassies use them to assist in determining their nominees for the project.
In many cases, the programming agencies submit competitive proposals for a particular project.
Competitive proposals are reviewed by the project coordinators and discussed with an advisory
committee comprised of USIA staff experienced in international exchanges. The advisory
committee provides substantive guidance on project proposals to the project coordinator and the
Projects for Voluntary Visitors
Voluntary Visitors usually travel either as individuals or as single-country groups
self-formed to examine a particular subject. Although combining some aspects of both individual
and group projects for grantees, Voluntary Visitor projects are primarily designed
around the participants' particular interests and with their active involvement. Suggestions
provided by the visitors are sent to Washington, D.C. in advance of their departure for the U.S.
and, through constant dialogue with the visitors and USIS posts overseas, are developed directly
by the Voluntary Visitors programming staff, or in conjunction with cooperating
programming agencies, into a completed national program. The relatively shorter duration of
Voluntary Visitor programs dictates a greater degree of pre-planning, although
additional fine-tuning is still possible once the visitors have arrived in the U.S.
There are three general types of Group Projects:
- Multi-Regional Projects (MRPs)
are conducted for English-speaking visitors from all countries of the world and are designed
around themes of global interest.
- Regional Projects (RPs)
tend to focus on topics of specific interest to one geographic region. They may be conducted in
English or in a foreign language such as French, Spanish, or Arabic.
- Single Country/Small Group Projects
focus on topics of concern to a particular country or small number of countries such as a
Themes for Group Projects:
Themes which are frequently explored in Group Projects are focused on the way in
which the topic is addressed in the United States and include the following:
- American Studies
- Broadcast Journalism I
- Broadcast Journalism II
- Building Democracy on the State and Local Level
- Business Ethics and Intellectual Property Rights
- Civic Education
- Congressional Campaign and Governance
- Cultural Heritage in Civil Society
- Education for the Twenty-First Century I
- Education for the Twenty-First Century II
- Entrepreneurship in the U.S.
- Ethics in Government and Business
- Democracy Building in Diverse Communities
- Dynamics of U.S. Foreign Policy I
- Dynamics of U.S. Foreign Policy II
- Global Environmental Issues
- Globalization of Business and Markets
- HIV, Education Prevention & Infectious Disease
- Immigration, Citizenship & Assimilation in a Demo Society
- Integrating Language Teaching in Civic Education
- International Crime Issues
- International Security and U.S. Defense Policies
- Labor and the Market Economy
- Non-Governmental Organization & Association Managem
- Preventive Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution
- Print Journalism in the U.S.
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Education
- The Information Highway
- The Role of the Media in a Civil Society
- The Role of Women and Minorities in U.S. Politics
- U.S. Financial System
- U.S. Judiciary and the Rule of Law
- U.S. Participation in Disaster Relief & Emergency
- U.S. Trade and World Markets I
- U.S. Trade and World Markets II
For more information about these programs, please contact the
Group Projects Division, International Visitor Program
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