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

Fast Fact

U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer and former U.S. Representative Frank Kratovil are alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, one of the Department’s international educational exchange programs. More»

U.S. Representative John Sarbanes was a Fulbright student.

The State Department benefits 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 and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Maryland totaled $10.1 billion, which supported 46,385 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Maryland hosted 11,113 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State has a contract with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism—better known as START – at the University of Maryland. START prepares a statistical annex for the Department’s annual congressionally mandated publication Country Reports on Terrorism. (CT) More»

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

  • Education

    • 63 scholars, students and teachers from Maryland were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 88 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maryland. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Matthew Harrington): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Towson University and the Universidad de Piura in Peru brought together underrepresented and low-income students from both institutions on an intensive language-learning and service learning program that focused on environmental sustainability to heighten student awareness, social responsibility, and civic engagement. These exchanges are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»

    • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Imam Bashar Arafat, president of the U.S.-based Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, engaged audiences in Kyrgyzstan on countering violent extremism. As a result of his trip, a Kyrgyz media team traveled to the United States to participate in a fourteen-day media co-op program on “Religious Diversity and Tolerance in the U.S.” The program included visits to Maryland, Washington, D.C., Buffalo and New York City. The team conducted fifty-seven interviews, posing questions about how Muslims live in America, whether women and young people feel discriminated against, and how faiths work together. Imam Arafat was instrumental in lending support to the creation of this program. The crew visited the Iman’s foundation and also interviewed his wife, who shared her story about converting to Islam. The post summed up the Imam’s role by saying, “he really is a gift that keeps on giving.” (IIP) More»

    • 16,862 international higher education students studied abroad in Maryland. (ECA) More»

    • 294 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland and 280 Maryland residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Four emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Maryland on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Japan and Maryland signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in November 2015, regarding driver’s licenses. With this agreement, Japanese drivers with non-commercial licenses will be exempt from knowledge and practical exams when applying for a driver’s license in Maryland, and vice versa. This is the first of such an agreement between Japan and a U.S. state. (EAP) More»

    • Japanese high-tech manufacturing-firm Shimadzu Scientific Instruments opened its Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland in 2015 to promote joint research and development. Shimadzu chose Maryland for its Innovation Center given that Maryland is home to Johns Hopkins University, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and many other leading academic and research institutions and companies. (EAP) More»

    • Four partnership plans were created with Canada, Mexico and Uruguay under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program. (WHA) More»

    • 846 Maryland residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Montgomery County is a member of the State Department-supported Strong Cities Network, which is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. Membership includes access to an online hub and opportunities to connect with other members through exchanges and capacity-building trainings. (CT) More»

    • $450,000 was awarded to Catholic Relief Services in Maryland to implement a two-year project in Albania to enhance protection of trafficking victims and conduct trainings on investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases. (J/TIP) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 1,653. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices 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. (PRM) More»

    • Maryland hosts students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 2003, and with Estonia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 350,316. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 223. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 193 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Maryland. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • The Diplomatic Security Washington, D.C. Field Office serves Maryland. 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»