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

Fast Fact

Current Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former Governor Brad Henry, former Oklahoma House of Representatives Member Joe Dorman and former Oklahoma Senate Member Kenneth Corn are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international educational exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders; U.S. Representative Tom Cole was a Fulbright student. 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, Oklahoma-based companies received approval to export $39,600,552 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Oklahoma hosted 1,760 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. (WHA) 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 $5.4 billion (2017) support approximately 28,292 Oklahoman jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Oklahoma supports an additional 50,000 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Oklahoma. (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»
    • 17 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oklahoma were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 32 international students received a Fulbright to study in Oklahoma in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
    • 9,789 international higher education students studied abroad in Oklahoma in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
    • 291 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oklahoma, and 160 Oklahoma 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 Artillery School and the Air Defense School located at Fort Sill. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Oklahoma while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
    • The University of Tulsa and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil) are carrying out an innovative model for engaging U.S. STEM students with study abroad in Brazil and to provide an introduction to energy related geology, geophysics, and Portuguese language. The program is the first of a five-year initiative to deepen and broaden collaborative activities in Brazil. 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»
    • For the past 2 summers, Consulate General Guadalajara has provided scholarships for four high school students to attend Oklahoma State University's annual high school summer academy, a three-week program focused on entrepreneurship, leadership, and English skills. Students stay in campus dormitories, engage in project-based learning activities, visit local companies, and participate in cultural programs. They are also connected with EducationUSA advisors and encouraged to pursue higher education in the United States. (WHA) More»
    • Partnerships

    • University of Oklahoma 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»
    • Hosted 28 university faculty 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. 17 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»
    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 260. 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»
    • 34 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Oklahoma on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
    • Oklahoma residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 13,590 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
    • The Department of State facilitates the Oklahoma National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Azerbaijan founded in 2002. (PM) More»
    • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 158,915. (CA) More»
    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 84. (CA) More»
    • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 60 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Oklahoma. 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 Houston Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Oklahoma. (DSS) More»