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Diplomacy in Action

Protocol and U.S. Representation Abroad (MQ116)

This hands-on course helps participants gain practical knowledge of international protocol and U.S. representational responsibilities pertinent to Foreign Service life. Upon completion participants will have gained confidence to attend receptions, make introductions, plan seating arrangements for a formal dinner, and adhere to formal dining etiquette. This course is well worth your Saturday!

Participant Feedback:

"I liked the hands-on approach where we had the chance to practice our newfound etiquette knowledge. The more chances to practice and analyze, the better!"

"I learned many things - including how to make proper introductions, present myself correctly, and I became more familiar with protocol for formal dinners. I will now be relatively adept at supporting embassy representational functions, employing proper table manners, and keeping it classy all around."

"I enjoyed every part of the course. I like the way we get to act it or be a part of these mock representations, it's an effective way of learning the course."

"It gave me practical tips I can put in place immediately and helped me realize areas to work on in the future."

"It made me aware of the existence of diplomatic protocol and etiquette so that I will be less likely to say or do something that would be offensive to someone."

"Well paced and a great balance of information and humor. Much of this is common sense but in our very casual culture it served as a reminder of the more classic and basic manners that often go by the wayside."

"This was very informative and helpful information that will be beneficial throughout my life. I am very excited to practice and apply what I've learned here to properly represent the US."

"Basic, useful starter on protocol and etiquette to get us started, next step is to practice and I feel prepared to give it a try after taking the class."


Course Dates and Times
12 September 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
24 October 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
5 December 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
9 January 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
6 February 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
12 March 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
16 April 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
7 May 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
4 June 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
9 July 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
10 September 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $210


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