For more than 35 years, Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) has been a leader in developing and implementing a diverse array of international programs. We tailor programs to the unique needs of our partners—government agencies, private enterprises, universities, and NGOs worldwide. Our customized academic exchange programs tap the spectacular academic resources of Georgetown University as well as our extensive network of public sector and corporate leaders. With a diverse team of professionals, CIED has the capacity, management expertise, and experience to deliver programs in Washington, D.C., and anywhere in the world.

Our track record of successfully administering and managing more than 200 government grant-funded programs makes us a trusted partner of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and embassies around the globe.

All CIED programs have a focus on building intercultural understanding, fulfilling Georgetown University’s mission to prepare global citizens to lead, serve, and change the world. We design and implement short- and long-term programs and workshops on virtually any topic of interest to our program partners. CIED’s flagship Gateway to Georgetown programs bring together students and professionals from around the world with Georgetown faculty. Through our collaboration with departments, centers, and schools across the University, we ensure that program participants receive world class training and that our institutional partners and faculty benefit from CIED’s extensive experience in program design and logistics.



CIED fulfills Georgetown University’s mission to prepare global citizens to lead, serve, and change the world. Our programs are guided by the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person, advancing social justice, and promoting understanding among people.


Our Story

CIED was established at Georgetown University in 1981 to design and implement international development and public diplomacy programs. We began with a focus on under-served communities in Latin America and the Caribbean and have expanded that commitment, promoting higher education and professional development worldwide.


The CIED Difference

We never repackage “off the shelf” programs, but tailor flexible and responsive initiatives which can be delivered in the U.S. or around the world. We have global expertise and more than 30 years of experience delivering programs in the areas of foreign affairs, business, English language, and youth leadership development.



Our diverse staff allows us to apply to each program expansive subject-area knowledge, understanding of our partners’ cultural context, and extensive logistical experience. Program faculty are drawn from the departments and centers of Georgetown University, as well as outside policymakers, practitioners, and partner institutions.