Our Exchanges

ACYPL organizes and runs an array of international exchange programs for emerging leaders from the United States and countries and territories around the world. With generous support from the U.S. Department of State, as well as our network of Exchange Partner Organizations, our exchanges feature bipartisan or multi-partisan groups of 7-9 leaders between the ages of 25-41 who experience a country or region for 7-10 days, visiting the capital and 1-2 other cities to meet with government officials, political parties, elected leaders, policy experts, members of the business community, and to visit important historical and cultural sites.

We’re proud to have a network of over 8,900 alumni in the U.S. and in 129 countries and territories who have traveled on our life-changing exchanges.

To connect with alumni from other U.S. Department of State programs, check out the International Exchange Alumni Page.

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ACYPL Glossary


a participant on one of our exchanges


a prospective American delegate who has been nominated, completed their application, and is eligible to participate on one of our exchanges


the person or organization that puts forward a prospective delegate. Any American ACYPL alum, member of Congress, Partner or Nominating Partner can nominate.


anyone who has traveled an ACYPL exchange


an exchange of emerging American leaders traveling internationally



an exchange of emerging international leaders traveling to the U.S.


the unofficial leader of an Outbound exchange, typically an American ACYPL alum

State Host

an American alum who hosts an inbound in their city for 3-4 days, organizing meetings and activities.


the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State which includes office placements, leadership training, a networking conference, and more. ACYPL has worked on the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program since 2015.

Exchange Partner Organizations

We're proud to partner with the U.S. Department of State and NGOs, think-tanks, and political organizations around the world to help manage and run our exchanges.