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

Fast Fact

North Carolina is ranked #17 in the U.S. for the number of international students in its colleges and universities. 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.

North Carolina

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 10,582 North Carolina exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, North Carolina exports totaled $31.4 billion. Those exports supported 164,023 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • North Carolina hosted 7,201 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 contributed nearly $14 million to the North Carolina economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities in the aviation sector, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $66,000 to North Carolina-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • HomeWellness, a company founded by partners from North Carolina and Chile, was among sixteen finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA/GP) More»

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

  • Education

    • 82 Scholars, Students and Teachers from North Carolina were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»
    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Rich Jaworski): 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»
    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins and UNC-Chapel Hill partnership – HIV-associated Malignancies in Malawi. (S/GAC) More»
    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Duke U. Global Health Institute - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (Tanzania). (S/GAC) More»
    • Bennett College 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 of State provided grant funding to North Carolina community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The programs help raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»
    • Academic partnerships with South African Universities: Appalachian State University (public government study abroad program); Duke University (Business); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Business). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»
    • 400 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina and 306 North Carolina residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»
    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted more than 200 journalists on a tour to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. (PA) More»
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore on sustainability research and education. (SCA) More»
    • Appalachian State University received a $397,714 cooperative agreement to manage a program offering educational and cultural opportunities to U.S. and Pakistani educators and students to improve cross-cultural competencies and broaden their world views. (SCA) More»
    • The University of North Carolina, Wilmington received a $994,635 to create a partnership with The International Islamic University, Islamabad, in politics and international relations. (SCA) More»
    • 67 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in North Carolina 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. Johnson C. Smith University, William Peace University, and Winthrop University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»
  • Partnerships

    • North Carolina hosted 116 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»
    • Refugee Arrivals: 2,377. 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 facilitates the North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program with the Republic of Moldova founded in 1999 and Botswana in 2008. (PM) More»
    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Duke Energy with the City of Charlotte and ENN/XIN’AO Group with the City of Langfang to stimulate innovation on solar and energy efficient technologies. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»
  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 262,180 (CA) More»

    • 130 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for North Carolina families in 2012: 334. 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 D.C. Field Office serves North Carolina: 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 – Resident Office: Greensboro Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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