International Visitors

The International Visitor Program enables cross-cultural conversations and facilitates professional knowledge exchange between Oregon communities and the world.

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We bring the world to Oregon!

We believe that through citizen diplomacy, individuals can help shape foreign relations ‘one handshake at a time.’ The International Visitor Program enables cross-cultural conversations and facilitates professional knowledge exchange between Oregon communities and the world.

By opening our homes, offices, and schools to visitors participating in exchange programs, Oregonian citizen diplomats foster international understanding and cooperation, constructive economic connections, and peaceful interaction among cultures.

Every year, WorldOregon hosts more than 500 young, emerging, and established leaders from over 120 countries through government programs. This program is a partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Visitors are nominated and selected by U.S. Embassies around the world to travel to select U.S. cities for several weeks. Program activities reflect the professional interests of the visiting leaders and U.S. foreign policy goals. Learn more about the IVLP program. WorldOregon is also a member of the Global Ties U.S. network of about 90 community-based members focused on hosting international visitors in 43 states.

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Professional connections

Portland has become a magnet for visitors looking at issues from sustainability and environmental policy to progressive governance practices and civic innovation. We connect each visitor with relevant businesses, organizations, and community leaders throughout Oregon. Learn more about professional hosting. 

Gather around the table

Hosting gives community members the opportunity to meet international visitors and demonstrate citizen diplomacy at its very best. Nothing sets the table for mutual understanding better than sharing a meal with visitors. Learn more about dinner hosting. 

An American home experience

Build lifelong connections by opening your doors to an international visitor for an American home experience. A selection of the International Visitor Programs offers the opportunity to host visitors from three nights to five weeks. Learn more about overnight hosting. 

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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter