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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

"UCLA Today" Features International Visitors Bureau

Welcoming 800 international guests annually: Visitors bureau rolls out red carpet.

Museum Officials from Eight Countries Visit Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Delegates from Middle East, Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia choose UCLA for university segment of study tour of American museums.

CNES Welcomes Shirin Ebadi to UCLA

Nobel Peace Prize laureate speaks on Islam, democracy and human rights

Italian Ambassador Confers with Faculty and Administrators at UCLA

Sergio Vento, Italy's top diplomat in the U.S., meets Vice Chancellor for Research, views rare Renaissance books.

Tunisian Visitors Explore Student Liberties at UCLA

Four guests from North African state probe limits of student political activism on an American campus.

UCLA International Visitors Bureau Honored at State Department Washington Conference

Assistant Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs and the Director of the Office of International Visitors present certificate to UCLA Visitors Bureau as outstanding "citizen diplomats" for work in promoting international exchanges.

Filmmakers from Middle East, Nigeria, Mexico, New Zealand, and Kazakhstan Visit UCLA

UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television serves as locus for informal discussions of trends in global film and video industry.

President of South China University of Technology Gets Briefing on Undergraduate Research Initiative

Leading Guangzhou institution sends top officials to look at potential for involving undergraduates in direct research.

Yonsei University Vice President Promotes Ties with UCLA

Dr. Jung Ki Kim, Yonsei's Vice President for Academic Affairs, holds meetings with leading UCLA officials and Koreanist faculty, plans Los Angeles Yonsei campus.

Top Administrators of Ewha University Consult UCLA on Business Operations Planning

Managers of leading South Korean women's university ask for consultation to plan their business and information technology reorganization.

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