North Carolina

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

Fast Fact

North Carolina is ranked #17 in the United States for the number of international students enrolled in its colleges and universities. More»

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.

North Carolina

  • 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 North Carolina totaled $30 billion, which supported 158,222 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • North Carolina hosted 7,330 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 93 scholars, students and teachers from North Carolina were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 113 international students received a Fulbright to study in North Carolina. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (EC Thompson): 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»

    • Pitt Community College, East Carolina University, and the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico partnered to provide opportunities for students to engage in bi-directional study, focusing on water ecology through guided faculty research opportunities located in eastern North Carolina and Veracruz, Mexico. 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»

    • 402 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina and 306 North Carolina residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 18,884 international higher education students studied abroad in North Carolina. (ECA) More»

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

  • Partnerships

    • 1,090 North Carolina residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 3,342. 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»

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

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program with the Republic of Moldova founded in 1999, and with Botswana founded in 2008. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 364,664. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 152. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 228 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from North Carolina. 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 North Carolina. 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) (Resident Office: Greensboro Investigative Field Office) More»