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

Fast Facts

Learn more about Wisconsin native Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger, who is the only career Foreign Service Officer to serve as Secretary of State. 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

    • 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. International trade supports more than 750,000 Wisconsin jobs with customers in 210 countries buying Wisconsin-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $23.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $6.3 billion in service exports (2011), saving the average Wisconsin family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • Wisconsin hosted 7,852 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 Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) contributed nearly $5 million to the State of Wisconsin by participating in the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, ensuring that sustainable populations of salmon, trout and whitefish are maintained, and that U.S. stakeholders continue to have harvest opportunities. (OES) More»

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

  • Education

    • 44 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Wisconsin were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ambassador Ian Kelly): 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»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: UC San Diego, Emory, Johns Hopkins and U. of Wisconsin assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Wisconsin community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The programs helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • Academic partnerships between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Witwatersrand (law) and the University of Johannesburg (botany, geology) 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»

    • 350 exchange visitors from overseas visited Wisconsin and 209 Wisconsin residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 79 Wisconsin families hosted USG-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 244 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Wisconsin 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»

    • The Department of State hosted the 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 206 countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Lakeland College; Western Technical College; Wisconsin Lutheran College. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 946. 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 Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program with Nicaragua founded in 2003. (PM) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs awarded the Wisconsin Department of Corrections more than $100,000 in a grant as part of the Specialized Training of International Prison Service Personnel on Corrections Institution Management; this grant is to assist the Wisconsin Department of Corrections provide technical assistance to Armenia. (INL) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 180,902 (CA) More»

    • 226 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Wisconsin families in 2012: 231. 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 Wisconsin: 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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