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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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Former U.S. Senator and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar, in conjunction with Former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, created the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study 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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • 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. Of the 8,258 Indiana exporters in 2013, 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Indiana exports totaled $35.5 billion. Those exports supported 187,309 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

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

    • The 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 that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 58 Scholars and Students from Indiana (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): 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»

    • 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»

    • 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»

    • 569 exchange visitors from overseas visited Indiana and 311 Indiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Ball State University received four $1 million grants 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)

    • 239 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Indiana through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Indiana Tech, Purdue University-Calumet Campus, and University of Notre Dame participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

    • Indiana University received a $250,000 grant from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with Sankara Nethralaya, India on an initiative to prevent corneal blindness. (SCA) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,541. 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»

    • Department of State facilitates the Indiana National Guard State Partnership Program with Slovakia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Purdue University, the University of Tennessee and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to promote research collaboration on climate change, sustainability and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 165,871 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 155 (CA) More»

    • 287 Indiana families participated in overseas adoptions. 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 Chicago Field Office serves Indiana: 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. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»


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