International exchange programs not only help build a more peaceful world, they also help make the United States more prosperous and secure. With over one million exchange program alumni around the world—which includes almost 1,700 government ministers and 364 current and former heads of state—it is no surprise that U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security. International visitors contributed $45 billion to the U.S. economy and supported 455,000+ jobs in 2018. In FY 2018, the Global Ties Network generated over $65 million for the U.S. economy and American communities, implementing the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchanges.

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