American Councils for International Education

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Open World Program

About Open World Program

The Open World Program offers 10 day long exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. Program results include new Congressional and other legislative relationships, and foreign partnerships with American government officials, jurists, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and sister cities. In this way, Open World supports the Eurasian-related interests, projects, and partnerships of Americans across the country. This program is supported by the U.S. Congress.

Delegations typically consist of a group of 5 political and civic leaders selected through a competitive vetting process. While in the United States, delegates take part in tailored, in-depth exchanges in themes of interest to Congress and of transnational impact, including human-trafficking prevention, government and court transparency, nuclear nonproliferation, and environmental protection. Most Open World hosting programs examine the role that legislative bodies play in these issues and in democracies, and provide opportunities for the delegates to share their expertise with their U.S. counterparts and host communities. Open World delegations may be sent to any of the 50 U.S. states and are typically placed in host families during the majority of their stay.

Through Open World, more than 24,000 current and future leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have meaningfully engaged and interacted with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many the direct professional counterparts of these Eurasian leaders.

Participant Type

  • Professional
  • Government Official


Delegates are selected on the basis of nominations submitted by nominating organizations approved by the U.S. Embassy. Nominees should be outstanding in their field and under the age of 40 at the time of travel. Finalists are selected by a U.S. Embassy vetting committee.

How to apply

The Open World Program selects delegates on the basis of nominations submitted by nominating organizations. Should you be nominated as a participant, you will be contacted to complete an application form.


The Open World Program recruited its first delegate groups in 2007. There are approximately 400 Open World Program alumni in Kyrgyzstan.

Upcoming alumni events are posted on the Open World Program in Kyrgyzstan Facebook group. Alumni success stories can also be found there as well as on this website.

To learn more about upcoming events or to connect with the Open World alumni community about business or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Open World Program Coordinator.