Welcome to CIED

The Center for Intercultural Education and Development was founded in 1981 and is recognized as a leader in educational exchange programs for people around the world ranging from youth to senior business and public policy officials. CIED programs tap into the distinguished academic resources of the University and the Center has more than 35 years’ expertise in educational experiences that forge intercultural understanding and prepare global citizens to lead, serve, and change the world.


Youth Ambassadors Returns to In-Person Exchanges

March 9th, 2023

CIED conducted its first international inbound Youth Ambassadors program since 2020. After two years of successful virtual exchanges, 41 participants arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a two-week exchange program, representing six different delegations: Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and various islands in the Eastern Caribbean.…

Alumni Ambassador Program Welcomes Its 2022-23 Delegates

September 28th, 2022

How do you describe an experience that transforms your entire worldview? The 2022-23 Alumni Ambassadors have a few short but compelling suggestions, terms they use to convey the impact of their tenures as Fellows, Specialists, and Virtual Educators for the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Programs.…