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

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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.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 750,000 Indiana jobs with customers in 204 countries and territories buying Indiana-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $37 billion in goods exports (2012) and $7.6 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Indiana hosted 4,039 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $30,500 to the economy of Indiana by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Ian Kelly): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career foreign service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Under the Departments Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program, Indiana University hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • The Department sponsored an academic partnership between Indiana University Kelly School of Business and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 742 exchange visitors from overseas visited Indiana and 1,058 Indiana residents travelled overseas, including 38 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 430 Indiana citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 69 Indiana families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • Ball State University received four $1 million grants from the Department to establish partnerships with two universities in Afghanistan in journalism, and entrepreneurship, and two universities in Pakistan in American Studies and business administration, each for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 239 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Indiana through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program 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»

    • Three Indiana colleges and universities participated in the Department of State’s hosted 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Indiana Tech; Purdue University-Calumet Campus; University of Notre Dame. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Indiana hosted one student from an allied and friendly nation for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Indiana welcomed 1,541 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 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 Indiana National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1994 with Slovakia. (PM) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Purdue University, the University of Tennessee and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are partnering to promote research collaboration on climate change, sustainability, and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Indiana and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 165,871 passports were issued to residents of Indiana. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 155 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Indiana. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated overseas adoptions for Indiana families in 2012. 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»

    • Indiana welcomed over 170,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.6% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Indiana: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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