What is the Open World Program?

Learn more about this grant-funded hosting opportunity.

  • The Open World Program is an exchange and partnership program designed to enhance understanding and cooperation between Congress, American communities, and global leaders.
  • The program is administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL), an independent government agency of the United States Congress in the Legislative Branch.
  • Open World brings emerging government and civic leaders from mostly post-Soviet countries to the United States to work with their American counterparts during 10-day professional visits and facilitates continued relations through an alumni network and social media.
  • Friendship Force clubs in the United States have partnered with Open World since its creation in 1999 to provide local hosting and themed programming for the Open World delegates.
Learn more about the Open World Program at openworld.gov.