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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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

  • Kansas hosted 1,927 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Kansas-based companies received approval to export $21,076,636 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • American-owned, Kansas-based Seaboard Corporation joint venture with Lesotho Flour Mills. For more information on investing in Lesotho, click here. (AF) More»
  • 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 $11.37 billion (2017) support approximately 60,121 Kansan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Kansas supports an additional 57,600 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Kansas. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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»
  • 8 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Kansas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 47 international students received a Fulbright to study in Kansas in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 10,231 international higher education students studied abroad in Kansas in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 254 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas, and 136 Kansas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Kansas while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • 254 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas and 136 Kansas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (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 U.S. for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Kansas. (WHA) More»
  • Kansas University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Universidade Federal do Maranhão (Brazil), Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (Brazil), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Universidad Pública de El Alto (Bolivia), and Universidad Campesina Carmen Pampa (Bolivia) are developing a new summer semester study abroad program called Global Inquiry, including language preparation, international development issues and innovations, and cross-cultural skill competencies. This partnership is 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»
  • 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 three-year program studying project management at the University of Kansas. 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

  • University of Kansas is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • The University of Kansas is a founding partner in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, The Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. (S/GP) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Greensburg and the City of Mianzhu focused on economic revitalization. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Wichita and the City of Wuxi fosters the exchange of best practices on clean air and clean water on a municipal level. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 580. 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»
  • Kansas hosted 8 university faculty from Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 1 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (SCA) More»
  • 254 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas, and 136 Kansas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • 30 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Kansas on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Kansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Armenia founded in 2002. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 128,895. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 109. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 47 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Kansas. 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/OCS) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for 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. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Chicago Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Kansas. (DSS) More»