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International Visitors Bureau

Royce HallThe International Visitors Bureau (IVB) serves as a liaison between UCLA faculty/administrators and international academic and professional leaders by developing appropriate contacts. Through these contacts, IVB provides opportunities to build intellectual exchanges and strategic international alliances.

Established in 1966, the UCLA International Visitors Bureau (IVB) is recognized nationally as one of the oldest and most respected university-sponsored programs of its kind in the country. It schedules meetings, seminars, luncheons, and campus tours for more than 800 visitors to the UCLA campus each year. The IVB provides comprehensive programming for outstanding leaders in government, politics, education, science, labor relations, and other fields by incorporating the intellectual, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the UCLA campus.

The staff and volunteers of the IVB coordinate appointments with appropriate members of the administration and faculty for visitors sponsored by the International Visitors Program of the United States Department of State, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, other universities, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and members of the Consular Corps.

UCLA increases its international visibility through the hospitality that it extends to international visitors and benefits from the professional exchanges with many of the world's economic, political, and social leaders. Since its establishment, the IVB has hosted a wealth of world renowned dignitaries, including British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President Frederik de Klerk of South Africa, Prime Minister Joseph K. Kolfligoh of Togo, and President Rafael Callejoas of Honduras.

This form of worldwide outreach, heightened by the development of the Internet, brings UCLA's affiliation to a global scale.

Visitor News

Please enjoy these stories about international visitors to the Institute

UCLA grad returns to share experience on the ground in Afghanistan

After four years with the U.S. Foreign Service, Erin Rattazzi, BA '02, advises students to take advantage of every possible opportunity to learn more about the world and their place in it.

New Thai ambassador visits UCLA

Funding from the Royal Thai Government supports language instruction, cultural programming and travel opportunities for students.

Political will, courage and imagination needed if resolution is to be made, says ambassador

Argentina’s ambassador to the U.S. visits UCLA to discuss territorial conflict in the long disputed Falkland/Malvinas Islands

South African education advocate visits UCLA to share experiences, explore partnerships

It’s important for Americans to think of Africa and South Africa as places to learn and grow, says university leader.

Salvadoran leaders join UCLA faculty and guests to recognize 20 years of peace

In examining the current state of El Salvador, the role of past civil conflict must be considered, says First Lady Vanda Pignato.

Ambassador discusses Brazil’s growth as global power

Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S. Mauro Vieira made a stop at UCLA yesterday to speak about his country's role in the world.

Pontiff discusses future of Christianity in the Middle East

Armenian spiritual leader Aram I stops at UCLA as part of 20-day tour of Southern California

Kenyan Muslim Students Meet UCLA Student Leaders

Seven students from Kenya explore UCLA outreach work in Watts.

Muslim Visitors from 11 Countries Come to UCLA This Fall

Four delegations from throughout the Arab world and India meet with faculty and staff to study religious and secular education.

English Teachers from Uzbekistan Consult with UCLA's ESL Department and Language Resource Center

Two faculty members from Bukhara State University visit U.S. to study methods of teaching English as a second language.

Malaysia Is a Peaceful, High Tech Muslim State, Cabinet Minister Tells UCLA Audience

Malaysian Minister of Women and Family Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil says her country is modern, multiracial, and eager to get past stereotypes.

University Administrators from Xi'an Study UCLA's Management System

Delegation from Northwestern Polytechnical University Meets with UCLA Assistant Chancellor.

Young Near East, African, and South Asian Professionals Visit UCLA's Center for Civil Society

16 business, government, and media workers from 15 countries include UCLA in national tour to study public-private partnerships, leadership strategies, and U.S. policy formation.

Kazakhstan Journalists Gather Information on War Against Terrorism

Visitors discuss Central Asian Islamic groups with long-time security specialist Michael Intriligator.

Head of Philippine Islamic Council Meets with Eminent UCLA Scholar of Islamic Law

Mr. Taha Basman, Secretary General of the Philippine Islamic Council held discussions with Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl July 28.

Multinational Delegation Meets with UCLA Africa Experts on Malaria

20 health professionals from 19 countries including 12 in Africa consult on control of killer disease during U.S. visit.

Directors of Three Chilean Museums Tour Hammer and Fowler Museums

Heads of UCLA's two museums discuss museum management and finance with visitors from Chile.

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