Alumni TIES seminars take place in six world regions and the United States; each seminar is three to four days for small groups of alumni. The seminars include expert speakers, capacity development trainings, participant-led discussions, and alumni networking activities. Through the small grants program, alumni have the opportunity to take action and make a positive difference in their communities. Since 2016, the U.S. Department of State has hosted 24 Alumni TIES seminars for 923 exchange alumni.

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Past Seminars

To explore previous Alumni TIES seminars, please visit the Seminars Archive.


Upcoming Seminars

November 14-18, 2022 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Alumni TIES seminar on “Youth & Opportunity: Defending Democracy and Advancing Human Rights” will bring together 60 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs from the United States and countries around the world who are between the ages of 18-35 and who are active in strengthening democracy initiatives, working as educators, journalists, politicians, community activists, technology innovators, or leaders of civil society organizations. This seminar will feature thematic and regional participant-led sessions, interactive panels with experts in the field, and engagement with prominent organizations. Seminar participants will explore how to support free and independent media, fight corruption, protect human rights, bolster democratic reformers, advance technology for democracy, and defend free and fair elections and political processes. International alumni will be nominated by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Alumni living in the United States will be selected based on a competitive, nationwide application process and can apply here by July 31, 2022:

Future Seminars

Seminar themes, world regions, and dates are determined by the Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and announced three months before the seminar dates. Stay tuned for information about future seminars!