Office of Exchanges and Alumni

The Office of Exchanges and Alumni seeks to establish and promote enduring personal and professional ties between the people of the Republic of Korea and the United States.  Exchange programs allow Koreans and Americans to form lasting relationships in areas of shared interest and concern. Bonds of friendship and mutual respect are also strengthened through alumni activities.

Professional Exchange Programs

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a professional exchange program in which current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States first hand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. U.S. Embassy personnel nominate candidates for the IVLP.

Fulbright Commission in Korea: The governments of the U.S. and Korea support the Korean-American Educational Commission (KAEC) in its operation of the Fulbright program and other activities set by the KAEC Board. One of these programs, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program brings more than 100 Fulbright grantees each year to Korea to teach English in public schools across the country, focusing on regional areas outside of Seoul.

IVLP on Demand provides groups of five to ten participants the opportunity to meet and confer with their professional counterparts in the United States. US. Embassy personnel nominate candidates for the VOLVIS program. Please contact the Office of Exchanges and Alumni for more information about Embassy Seoul’s Voluntary Visitor Program.

Student Exchange Programs

The Work, English Study, Travel Program (WEST) is an innovative exchange program in which more than 3,000 university students and recent university graduates from Korea have gone to the U.S. to study English, participate in internships and travel.  WEST is run by the Korean Ministry of Education with support from the U.S. Department of State and Embassy Seoul.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)provides semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from under-represented sectors in East Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, internships and cultural enrichment.

U.S. Congress-ROK National Assembly Youth Exchange (CYX) Program is a unique program designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on: the legislative process; the history of U.S. – Korean relations; and current economic, political, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship. The program also provides the U.S. and Korean participants with firsthand experience of each other’s people and culture, and creates opportunities for participants to form long-lasting personal contacts. Korean delegates are selected by members of the ROK National Assembly through a competitive application process. The American delegates are selected by members of the U.S Congress through a similar process.

Alumni Programs

Korea-U.S. Vision Association (KUVA) was organized in April 2009.  The Ambassador attended its inaugural event on April 8, 2009, and it was registered as an NGO under the auspices of the ROK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 2009.  KUVA is open to alumni of all USG-sponsored exchange programs such as Fulbright, the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), National Assembly–Congressional Youth Exchange (CYX), and Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) programs.  KUVA, which is apolitical, has already arranged several thematic roundtable discussions and has worked with the Embassy as a co-sponsor or grantee organization for various alumni programs such as the Alumni-Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), Regional Alumni Forums (June-December, 2014), and the Regional Alumni Mentoring Program (RAMP).  It is also able to provide networking opportunities and other professionally fulfilling activities.

Each year The Alumni Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) invites Korean High School students and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to visit Seoul for a week-long program to develop leadership skills and explore career options.

Grant Support: Korean alumni of Department of State exchange programs have been awarded several of the grants offered by the Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs. US Embassy Seoul has played a vital role in supporting these projects.

If you are an alumnus of a U.S. government exchange program, please register today at the International Exchange Alumni website. Joining the alumni association allows you to extend your exchange experience by networking with other alumni, developing your career, and staying in touch with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy.

To learn more about alumni activities, please read our quarterly Embassy Seoul Alumni Newsletter here (PDF 1,027 KB).