This course is designed to inform participants of the structure and characteristics of U.S. missions and overseas communities and discuss what it is like to be part of the diplomatic community overseas. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the advantages and challenges of the Foreign Service lifestyle.
"As the title of the course implies, it was very helpful to learn about the REALITIES of Foreign Service life. The practical knowledge and the stories from the panel were extremely beneficial and made the class more interesting."
"The information about the embassy structure was very helpful--I'd heard a lot of the names and groups, but it was useful to see how they all fit together. The most helpful was just getting a better picture of how the whole process works, mostly from having those with Foreign Service experience talk about what it's really like. As we talked about, the not knowing what we don't know is one of the most unnerving parts of this right now, and hearing from those who have gone through this was very helpful."
"Powerful to have group members draw the conclusion that the very things that seem like challenges could transform into opportunities. Much better that group made these discoveries than being "told". Teaching is not telling- it's asking- and this class design draws on solid activities that promote learner discovery."
"The panel was amazingly insightful, interesting, relevant, and motivating. It was also reassuring to hear them share their experiences and what they do to maintain some level of normalcy/consistency within themselves and their family throughout all their moves. I also appreciating hearing that it's normal/expected/completely okay to have culture shock and transition anxieties."
"I really liked it when the group was divided into different sections (i.e. for those without children, with young children, etc. and those headed on their first tour, second tour, etc.). Every participant had something different and relevant to share that they'd discovered or a question that I hadn't thought of that realized I needed the answer to. This time shared knowledge was super helpful and relevant."
"As with all of the courses I leave feeling re-energized and upbeat about the challenges that I know I'll be facing in the very near future."
Course Dates and Times
16 September 2014 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
26 February 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
23 April 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
16 June 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
18 August 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $210
Virtual Resource Table
State Department Resources
Transition Center Resources
Overseas Briefing Center Resources
Family Liaison Office Resources
Living and Working Overseas
Foreign Affairs Organizations