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Orientation to State Overseas

This orientation program 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. The course also empowers participants to effectively research posts of assignment and to prepare for effective entry into foreign affairs communities through providing a primer on using the Overseas Briefing Center as well as an introduction to diplomatic protocol.

The course provides 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 program also provides an introduction to the Foreign Service Institute.

Participant Feedback:

"Overall the course was very comprehensive and covered almost all aspects of going overseas."

"I cannot wait to use all the incredible resources that they identified in the Overseas Briefing Center."

"Definitely got the feeling that I am now a US diplomat."

"The Overseas Briefing Center representatives were both good presenters and knew their subject well. It was nice for them to navigate us around the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) website with sample posts. Very helpful. Also the brief tour of the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) was good. A great resource to go back to."

"The Training Division Coordinator was a great presenter and gave us very useful information. It's nice to know as a United States government employee that we are always working at representational events. Who knew?"


Course Dates and Times
January 28, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
February 11, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
March 27, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
May 22, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 10, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
September 4, 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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


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