Each year, World Learning brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States on international exchanges. We offer short-term learning experiences for individuals seeking professional development through links to U.S. and international colleagues, new insights, and a broader view of core U.S. values and culture. Our academic exchanges place international students in U.S. colleges and universities to strengthen their leadership and career-specific skills while they explore U.S. culture. On our youth programs, young people from around the globe learn about leadership, current issues, and peacebuilding.
The U.S. Department of State maintains a site for alumni of international exchanges.
World Learning has decades of experience conducting academic exchange programs on behalf of various donors. We manage the recruitment, selection, placement, monitoring and support for undergraduate and graduate students from almost 50 countries who are studying in the U.S. and abroad. Exchange participants come from every corner of the globe, including Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Central and Southeast Europe.
With a network of hundreds of US and international colleges and universities, World Learning is able to design high-quality programs that meet the needs of both participants and funders. Our programs are enhanced with community service, internships, and leadership skills building activities to deliver a complete student experience. Through these life-changing opportunities, participants develop the knowledge and skills to lead positive change in their home communities.
Each year, World Learning arranges short-term professional exchanges and training in the United States with hundreds of participants from more than 190 countries under grants provided by the U.S. Department of State and USAID. Through site visits, office meetings, panel discussions, internships, volunteering, and other experiential activities, our visitors discover the dimensions and context of their own professions in the United States, make lasting contacts with their colleagues here, and share insight about their activities at home.
In addition to the professional development and training components, our programs include extensive opportunities for participants to experience America through cultural and outdoor activities, sporting events, homestays and home hospitality. The relationships and opportunities experienced by these visiting professionals and the Americans they meet foster mutual understanding, which enhances the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world.
World Learning administers youth exchange programs to foster greater understanding and respect between the youth of the United States and other countries. Our dynamic, experiential curriculum focuses on leadership, global issues, peacebuilding, dialogue, activism, civics, and volunteerism. Both short- and long-term programs are available. Youth are accompanied by adult mentors on short-term programs, which are one- to five-weeks long and based in the U.S. or other countries. Long-term programs last for one academic year and are based in the United States.
Our youth exchange programs have created an effective model that helps participants gain a stronger sense of civic responsibility, establish relationships across ethnic, religious, and national lines, and develop the skills and knowledge to transform their communities and countries.
In addition, The Experiment in International Living sends high school students on immersive, life-changing experiences in more than 20 countries around the world through three- to five-week summer abroad programs.