Meet America Program

NCIV is now Global Ties U.S.! Global Ties U.S. is a network of over 100 nonprofit organizations across 44 states and 13 countries that connect leaders in U.S. communities with leaders from all around the world. Together we help shape U.S. foreign relations by opening avenues for increased understanding and greater cooperation, security and prosperity. Read more


Diplomacy_Begins_Here-logoThese summits are funded in part by the Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

Summit Overview

Global Ties U.S. and our members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of summits across the United States that will bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world.

Together, we will foster connections and growth in the international exchange community and celebrate the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy programs play in building a more peaceful, prosperous world at home and abroad. To download the flyer, click here (.pdf).

Every summit offers a chance to:


By Britt Mercadante, Global Ties U.S.
ExchangeMatters, July/August 2014

Meet-America-logo-webThe world is growing more and more interconnected each day. This simple fact is reflected in the rise in number of international students attending American colleges and universities. According to the Open Doors report released by IIE, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. institutions for the 2012/13 academic school year climbed to a record high of 819,644. This represents a 7% increase over the previous academic year as well as a 40% surge from over a decade ago. Hailing from countries all over the world, particularly China, South Korea, and India, the United States continues to be international students' preferred destination for higher education.

But despite the impact these students can have on strengthening ties between individuals and nations, there remains a significant challenge in ensuring that they have a positive and diverse experience. Though many universities offer opportunities for international students to integrate into the university and the surrounding community, many struggle to find opportunities that allow them to experience the true diversity that the United States can offer.


Member Spotlight


Columbus International Visitors Council

Since 1965, the Columbus International Visitors Council has been building partnerships between Central Ohioans and citizens of other countries that strengthen democratic ideals, encourage economic development, and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of ideas and knowledge. Christopher Washington, a board member, recently shared his perspective on the importanct of citizen diplomacy.

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