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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 State University is ranked #1 in the state for having the highest number of enrolled foreign students. 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.

North Carolina

  • 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 1.2 million North Carolina jobs with customers in 214 countries and territories buying North Carolina-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $28.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $13.2 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • North Carolina hosted 7,201 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 of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) 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»

    • HomeWellness, a company founded by partners from North Carolina and Chile, was among sixteen finalists through the Department sponsored 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 expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI) More»

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

  • Education

    • 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»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins and UNC-Chapel Hill partnership – HIV-associated Malignancies in Malawi. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a 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 through the Department of State’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). 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 program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • The Department supported academic partnerships between South African Universities and colleges and universities in North Carolina including: 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»

    • 234 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina and 697 North Carolina residents travelled overseas, including 72 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,594 North Carolina citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 39 North Carolina families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s 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 through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to partner with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, on sustainability research and education. (SCA) More»

    • 67 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in North Carolina 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»

    • Johnson C. Smith University, William Peace University, and Winthrop University participated in the Department of State’s 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. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • North Carolina hosted 116 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • North Carolina welcomed 2,377 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 North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2008 with Botswana and founded in 1996 with the Republic of Moldova. (PM) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Duke Energy with the City of Charlotte and ENN/XIN’AO Group with the City of Langfang partnered to stimulate innovation on solar and energy efficient technologies. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves North Carolina 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

    • 262,180 passports were issued to North Carolina residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 130 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in North Carolina. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 334 overseas adoptions for North Carolina 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»

    • North Carolina welcomed 387,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1.3% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s D.C. Field Office serves North Carolina and has a Resident Office in Greensboro: 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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