Each year, more than 40,000 participants from countries around the world have opportunities to build common bonds, share ideas and further mutual understanding through an exchange program managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Participation in an exchange program is not a one-time, finite event; it marks the beginning of an ongoing relationship between you, those you met on your exchange experience -- and the United States.
You are not just ordinary alumni. You are now members of a global community; you are International Exchange Alumni members.
Among the more than 1,000,000 others who are also alumni of an ECA-sponsored program are 47 Nobel Laureates, thousands of cabinet-level ministers and more than 300 current and former chiefs of state or heads of government.
International Exchange Alumni have an equally impressive local impact as they do a global one. From starting civic organizations to advocating human rights to organizing disaster-relief efforts, International Exchange Alumni participants have returned home with ideas and acted upon them. Clearly, for most alumni, the exchange experience does not stop when they return home.
International Exchange Alumni from Canada have participated in a wide range of exchange programs which include:
- the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): Cultural Affairs coordinates these programs, which enable Canadians who are emerging potential leaders in government, business, politics, the media, education, the arts, etc., to observe first-hand U.S. institutions and culture, and meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Some twenty Canadians travel each year under this program on three-week study tours as guests of the U.S. government. Their visits better inform their views of the United States, link them with American colleagues, and influence public opinion or policy in Canada for mutual benefit. Founded in 1940, the IVLP given thousands of emerging leaders -- including hundreds of Canadians -- the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level.
- the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program: Supported by both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, the Fulbright Program is an educational exchange open to Canadian and American graduate students and scholars. Canadian Fulbright recipients travel to the U.S. to study, teach, or conduct research at a host university for a semester or a full school year. Americans come to Canada. Cultural Affairs serves as Fulbright's U.S. government liaison.
- the Canadian Parliamentary Intern Program (CPIP): CPIP is a post-graduate experience giving young Canadians an opportunity to work closely with Members of Canadian Parliament for ten months -- both up close on Parliament Hill and in comparison with other legislatures through study tours to Washington, London, Brussels, Québec, Manitoba, Toronto and Nunavut. The U.S. Embassy in Canada funds the Washington Study Tour.
From this page, you'll be able to:
- Register at the International Exchange Alumni! The Alumni website will help you keep in touch with your fellow Canadian alumni of State Department exchange programs, and also to keep in touch with us here at the Embassy. Together with our partners in the U.S.-Canada Fulbright Educational Exchange Program and the Department of State Alumni Affairs Office, we hope you will continue to benefit from the knowledge and rewards from your exchange experience.
- Find out what Alumni events are happening near you!
- Read the latest Alumni newsletter. If you have an event or a story that you think would be of interest to your fellow alumni, let us know!
- Download our latest Alumni podcast. We'll be regularly highlighting Canadian State Alumni, and letting them talk about the impact the program had on their lives. If you'd like to be featured in a future podcast, let us know!
- Read our Alumni Blogs!
- See news about Alumni!
- Contact us! Let us know whether your information has changed, or find the International Exchange Alumni contact in your region.
The Community Leadership Program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa and Fulbright Canada, provides an opportunity for Alumni from all USG sponsored programs to take action, get involved, and organize a project that has a positive impact on a Canadian community. All alumni are encouraged to apply for a grant (with a value of up to $8,000) to undertake a project in your community. The funds cover program expenses, publicity and promotional materials, as well as transportation and travel expenses for volunteers and participants.
For additional information please go to Fulbright.ca. The application deadline is November 25th.
The third annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) has announced its winners for 2013! For more information, please log in to the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund website!
17 Canadian youths and 3 adults will be headed to the American Embassy in Ottawa on July 9th to kick off a three-week tour across the United States. They will be visiting as part of the Youth Ambassador program, a partnership between the U.S. Embassy in Canada, the University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh and Fulbright Canada.
The program will send them to Plattsburgh, Hyde Park, New York City and Washington, D.C., in an effort to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. This particular expedition will focus on civic education, community service, youth leadership development and entrepreneurship.
This is the third year for the Canadian Youth Ambassador program. The program aims to strengthen leadership skills and help empower the youths themselves and their communities, and also to solidify the special relationship that Canada and the United States have shared for hundreds of years.
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