Exchange Programs

High school students from fifteen countries in Latin America are part of a special two-week science camp in San Diego, California. The camp is conducted on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. During the residential camp at the Institute, students receive classroom and field instruction on the environment, climate change and technology from accredited Spanish-speaking teachers. You can visit the following link:

The Youth Ambassadors Program enables youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators to participate in intensive, thematic, three-week exchange projects that are designed to promote high-quality leadership, civic responsibility, and civic activism among future leaders of their communities. Projects involve a practical examination of the principles of democracy and civil society and provide participants with training that allows them to develop their leadership skills. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops, community and school-based programs, seminars, and other activities that are designed to achieve the program’s stated goals. Multiple opportunities for participants to interact with American youth and educators are included. If you would like to receive more information you can contact:  Also you can view this video:

The Institute takes place at the University of Arizona and is focused on contemporary American life, as it is shaped by historical and/or current political, social, and economic issues and debates. Students are provided with an overview of the foundations of democracy as they learn about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal system of government, elections, the court system, among other topics.


  • Students from the 1st to the 3rd year of public higher education, in careers related to the program.
  • 18 to 25 years old.
  • Interested in US History and Government.
  • Leaders in their community and practice extracurricular activities.
  • High academic level.
  • To be indigenous or afro-latin origin.  (Please do not apply if this requirement is not met).
  • Preferably, basic English level.

The International Visitor Program is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program brings approximately five thousand international leaders and potential leaders in various fields to the United States each year to meet and exchange ideas with their American counterparts. They are chosen on the basis of their knowledge in key fields, their positions, and their influence in their own countries. The emphasis of the program is to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels. Annually, Perú sends more than twenty five participants for a two or three week program. You can visit the following link:

How to apply:

  • There is no application form for this program. Participants are nominated by an American Officer from the Embassy.

In March 2011, President Barack Obama launched “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” an initiative to increase international study in the Western Hemisphere. The purpose of 100,000 Strong is to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students, who are our future leaders and innovators.

Click here for more information about this initiative.