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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

Latin Americans Get Overview of Ethnicity in LA

Latin American representatives from government, media and humanitarian organizations visited campus on Oct. 7, 2009, to learn about the history and demographics of the Los Angeles area--including immigration patterns, race relations, and how various ethnic groups contribute to political participation and overall governance. The 13-member delegation met with Associate Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda of the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Serbian War Crimes Officials Visit Law Class

Top officials in the Serbian Interior Ministry's War Crimes Investigating Service take questions from law students in a clinic on international justice in the Balkans.

Retired, International UCLA Employee Dies at 89

Maria Wrigley directed UCLA's International Visitors Bureau for more than 30 years.

World Journos Take Briefing on US Elections

Editors and correspondents from 18 nations and five continents met with a UCLA political scientist and the chairman of California's Republicans on campus to prepare for presidential primary debates and Super Tuesday.

Yemenis Hear from UCLA Students on Issues, Outreach

A Yemeni MP and others in a six-member delegation raise concerns at UCLA about the perception of Arabs and Muslims in the media. Students explain how they're meeting the problem.

IVB Hosts Vietnamese Ambassador, African Delegation

Other visitors to UCLA this February came from China, Russia, Japan, and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

IVB Hosted 6 Foreign Delegations in January

Lord David Sainsbury led a seven-member group from the UK charged with reviewing the impact of national and regional governmental interventions in science and innovation.

UCLA Office Hosted 471 Visitors from 92 Nations in 2005

U.S. State Department, which sponsors nearly half of travelers to UCLA's International Visitors Bureau, continues post-9/11 drive to bring Muslims from around the globe.

Haitian Lawyers and Judges Come to UCLA to Meet with Professor Gary Rowe

Professor, lawyer and historian Gary Rowe gathered with several people from Haiti Tuesday, July 26, to discuss the U.S. judicial system and the constitution. Rowe focused on the history and contemporary issues in judicial independence.

Malaysian Examination Syndicate Members Meet With CRESST at UCLA

A Malaysian delegation is briefed on U.S. education policies by a national research center.

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