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

Fast Fact

J. William Fulbright, former U.S. Senator and Arkansas native, created the eponymous flagship U.S. international educational exchange program. More»

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 FY17, Arkansas-based companies received approval to export $14,803,443 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Arkansas hosted 1,374 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Arkansas. (HR)
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $6.3 billion (2017) support approximately 41,168 Arkansan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Arkansas supports an additional 48,100 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kali Jones): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 7 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Arkansas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 50 international students received a Fulbright to study in Arkansas in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 6,455 international higher education students studied abroad in Arkansas in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 198 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arkansas, and 111 Arkansas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Fifteen students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Arkansas, and 15 studied at the University of Central Arkansas. (WHA) More»
  • University of Central Arkansas and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Mexico) planned a program in which 10-15 undergraduate students from each institution study at the respective partner’s campus during the 2018 summer term. Both institutions targets minority students studying in the STEM disciplines and from underrepresented populations, providing the opportunity for language and cultural immersion while gaining knowledge on ecological sustainability through service-learning projects. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • A 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua (USMA - Panama) and University of Arkansas is increasing student exchanges between the universities, building capacity at USMA to provide support to U.S. students for short-term programs, including service learning, establishing a visiting faculty program where Arkansas faculty will teach courses at USMA, and creating a two way corporate internship program. (WHA) More»
  • With their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and SENA Centro de Formación Agroindustrial "La Angostura", Regional Huila (Colombia) are creating new exchange programs in food safety to promote greater fish product diversification in the Americas. U.S. students will have experience working together with Colombian students in aquaculture and fisheries sectors through emerging partnerships in this 100K project. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student is completing a four-year program studying environmental science at the University of Arkansas. This program has co-funding from the Asociación Los Andes de Cajamarca (ALAC), established for young professionals in technical fields from the northwest Cajamarca region of Peru. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 59. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arkansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Guatemala, founded in 2002. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arkansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Guatemala, founded in 2002. (PM) More»
  • 17 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Arkansas on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA)
  • Arkansas residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 764 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • A grant awarded to Little Rock-based Winrock International focuses on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries through training and educational outreach by producing a number of analytic papers on key REDD+ topics and facilitating workshops. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 89,980. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 63. (CA) More»
  • The Arkansas Passport Center employees 10 government and 206 contract staff. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 46 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Arkansas. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. The Hot Springs Resident Office reports to the Miami Field Office. (DSS) More»