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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arkansas state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Arkansas state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

J. William Fulbright, former U.S. Senator and Arkansas native, created the eponymous flagship U.S. international educational exchange program. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Arkansas exported $7.2 billion in merchandise to all over the world. 2,242 Arkansas companies exported, 78% of those companies being small-medium enterprises. Those exports supported 37,374 Arkansas jobs. (EB) More»

    • Arkansas hosted 1,311 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created in Arkansas under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with the following countries: Brazil, Canada, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Arkansas. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 10 Scholars and Students from Arkansas (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 111 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arkansas and 198 Arkansas residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 73 Brazilian students studied at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Arkansas hosted 1 student from an allied and friendly nation for International Military Education and Training (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 7. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Arkansas National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2002 with Guatemala (PM) More»

    • Learn more about the trip of foreign Ambassadors to Arkansas as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 57,629 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 66 (CA) More»

    • The Arkansas Passport Center employees 12 government and 182 contract staff. (CA) More»

    • 55 Arkansas families participated in an overseas adoption. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Arkansas: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Hot Springs Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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