The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and implemented by the Meridian International Center, enables highly motivated students from Iraq to attend an intensive academic summer program at several U.S. host universities.


    The VCU Global Education Office strives to promote:
  • Global and local student engagement
  • Academic success for international students
  • Research, teaching and service missions of VCU academic units through global partnerships

Robertson School

  The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture prepares effective and skilled communicators through quality instruction, advising and student services, based on real world applications. Through research, professional service and scholarship in applied communications, the School advances the knowledge and practice of a multi-disciplinary and evolving media environment.



Warmest greetings from Richmond, Virginia!

The Global Education Office and the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University are excited that you will be joining us this summer for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program – Information Technology and Media Institute.

One of the nation’s top research universities, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) enrolls more than 30,000 students on two Richmond campuses – the Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus.

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a culturally diverse city featuring historic neighborhoods, abundant parks and the scenic James River. The city consistently ranks among “Best Places to Live and Work in America” in several national publications.

Studying and living in a foreign country is both an exciting and a challenging experience. We want your stay in Richmond to be as productive and enjoyable as possible, and the Global Education Office staff is here to help you in any way we can. We are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you soon to begin what we are sure will be a memorable experience in the United States.

The School of Media and Culture has organized a cutting-edge program “Social Media Campaigns,” in which you will be studying and developing joint social media projects with our students. Our professors and a variety of social media experts will help you develop projects with non-profit organizations in Richmond and assist you in developing projects to be implemented when you return to Iraq. We also have teaching assistants who will help you in achieving your goals in social media and engage you in the Richmond community.

We are very excited about your stay here in Richmond and look forward to meeting and working with you this summer! Please enjoy our campus tour in the video above (to come) and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

We wish you a safe and pleasant journey!