Cultural Vistas

September 27, 2018
The National Museum of the American Indian

Awards and Honors

The Cultural Vistas Awards Gala recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations for their influence and notable contributions toward advancing global skill-building opportunities for students and young professionals around the world.

Distinguished Alumni
Leadership Award

The Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumni of Cultural Vistas-managed exchange programs who have attained distinction in their chosen field while making outstanding contributions to foster international understanding and collaboration in their communities and organizations.
Nominations are now closed.
The 2018 award winner will announced soon, stay tuned.

Global Partnership Award

Corporate Leadership Award

Milestone Honorees

70 Year Anniversary

International Association for the
Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

35 Year Anniversary

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

35 Year Anniversary

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

10 Year Anniversary

Korea WEST Exchange Program


A Year of Milestones

2018 is a year of milestones and achievements for Cultural Vistas as we commemorate the 55th anniversary of our founding and several of our signature exchange programs celebrate anniversary years.

Cultural Vistas Fellows 2017

A History Rooted in
Global Skill-Building

In 1948, MIT president Karl Compton (pictured) and Earl Eames, a senior in chemical engineering active in student government, wanted to contribute to the rebuilding of war-torn Europe. Their solution was to organize a U.S. chapter of the newly-created International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

On May 2, 1963, IAESTE United States, one of two organizations that would become Cultural Vistas, was officially established as an independent nonprofit. Today, IAESTE, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018, is the the world’s leading coordinator of student exchanges in science and technology.

Karl Compton

A History Rooted in
Global Skill-Building

Our exchange origins can be traced back to the post WWI era. As businesses and political leaders searched for ways to retrain workforces, rebuild economies, and repair bilateral relationships, Carl Duisberg (pictured), a chemist and CEO of Bayer, developed a training program that sent 500 young Germans to experience the American workplace.

Following World War II, alumni of these early exchanges established an organization dedicated to facilitating internship and trainee opportunities between the U.S. and Germany. In January 1968, an independent Carl Duisberg Society (CDS), which would ultimately become Cultural Vistas in 2011, was officially established in New York CIty.

Carl Duisberg

Developing Future Generations of Transatlantic Leaders

October 2018 will mark 35 years since the inauguration of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX). At celebrations of the 300th tri-centennial of German immigration to America in October of 1983 in Philadelphia, West German President Karl Carstens and U.S. President Ronald Reagan officially announced the creation of the reciprocal exchange. More than 23,000 young people have taken part in this program, which is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag, with Cultural Vistas managing the young professionals portion.

2018 will also be a milestone for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. The nationally competitive fellowship, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, will send its 35th class of accomplished American fellows to Germany to acquire first-hand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

A Decade of Advancing
U.S.-Korean Relations

September 22, 2018 will mark the 10 years since the Korea WEST (Work, English Study, Travel) program was created when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan of the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding that led to the expansion of bilateral opportunities for young Americans and Koreans to learn about each other’s country by working, studying, and traveling abroad. Cultural Vistas has served as a sponsor since the program’s first round of exchanges began in 2009, and had since provided over 1,250 students and young professionals the opportunity to study English, enrich their academic studies and advance their careers through internships in the United States.

Expanding Our Footprint in
New York at #233Broadway

This spring saw a significant milestone achieved in organizational growth as Cultural Vistas relocates its New York City headquarters to the historic Woolworth Building in downtown Manhattan. Our new home at 233 Broadway provides more space and a new platform for engaging our community of New York City alumni, partners, participants, and supporters in exciting ways.