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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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • 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 8,737 Wisconsin exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Wisconsin exports totaled $23.4 billion. Those exports supported 124,913 U.S. jobs. (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 (Robert Neus): 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: 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 the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 79 Wisconsin families hosted U.S. Government funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 244 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Wisconsin 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Lakeland College, Western Technical College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (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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