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Foreign Service Orientation


The Transition Center offers two orientation courses. The Spouse/Partner Orientation officially welcomes spouses/partners to Foreign Service life and introduces support services and regulations important for families joining this internationally mobile lifestyle. Orientation to State Overseas provides an overview of the key components of overlap between Department of State-provided services and the programs of other agencies. It is designed for employees, family members, and members of household and provides a basic orientation to critical commonly-accessed services.

These orientation courses provide for a basic understanding of medical support, employee consultation services, the role of the Family Liaison Office, and support for the educational needs of children, including those with special needs. The programs also provide an introduction to the Foreign Service Institute.

Spouse/Partner Orientation (MQ120)
Orientation to State Overseas (MQ119)


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