U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence Program at UIC

UIC is honored to be one of the approximately 15 U.S. universities who are offered the opportunity to host a State Department Diplomat in Residence. The DIR meets with students all over the midwest to discuss foreign service careers with the U.S. State Department. UIC has received the honor of hosting the DIR for eleven consecutive years, hosting nine DIRs in succession. On behalf of UIC, the Office of International Affairs hosts Diplomats in Residence.





Robert Neus is the Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this role he was the Consular Section Chief, for the U.S Embassy Zagreb. Furthermore, he was a member of the Emergency Action Committee and the Croatia Consular Corps; he served as one of the U.S. Ambassador’s representatives to the board of the American International School. Lastly, he was the chairperson of the International cooperative administrative support services committee, which makes resource decisions for the Embassy. Mr. Neus has served in Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Cuba and Brazil.

He holds a BA and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He speaks Croatian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and basic Guarani.


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