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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

Crimean Tourism Specialists Consult with UCLA Travel Center

An 11-member delegation from the Crimea, well known as the resort area of the Ukraine, met with UCLA Travel Center representatives May 28.

Large Korea University Delegation Studies How UCLA Is Organized

23 faculty and administrators from Korea University meet with Korea Center director, Undergraduate Admissions head, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Services.

Vietnamese Journalists Seek UCLA Advice on Newsroom Design

Staff of the Ho Chi Minh City daily Saigon Giaiphong tour Daily Bruin offices with construction engineer for ideas for their new newsroom.

University of Indonesia Faculty Tour American Media Schools

Eight faculty and senior administrators from Indonesia's premier communications program visit UCLA Extension as part of study tour on U.S. journalism and television methods.

Pakistani Women Leaders Visit UCLA to Discuss Muslim Women in America

Three writer-activists tour U.S. to explore situation of Muslim women in American communities. While at UCLA they observe the Clothesline Project commemorating victims of sexual violence.

Counterrorism and Airport Security Chiefs from Hungary Hold Discussions at UCLA

Six Hungarian officials meet with leading epidemiologist Dr. Robert Kim-Farley on control of bioterror.

International Visitors Bureau Awarded $15,750 Community Partnership Grant

The UCLA International Visitors Bureau given 2003 funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Council for International Visitors.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Journalists Visit UCLA to Consult on Investigative Crime and Terrorism Reporting

Four prominent Bosnian and Serbian print and electronic media journalists meet with veteran investigative reporter Dan Medina.

High Level Cultural Delegation from Armenia Meets with UCLA Film & Television Archive Specialists

Armenia's Deputy Minister of Culture and the head of their public television network were part of a group that met with UCLA specialists in film preservation April 2.

Multinational Delegation Looks Behind the Scenes of UC

Professors, directors, and officers of universities of different countries receive an overview of the UC administration while at UCLA.

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