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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
November 6, 2015    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $195


Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

Department of State Careers

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute (FSI)

  • Transition Center (TC) – The Transition Center serves U.S. Government employees and family members of all foreign affairs agencies assigned to diplomatic posts abroad, providing training, referrals and information, as well as retirement planning workshops.
  • Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) – provides U.S. Government employees and their family members with information on overseas and U.S. posts and the foreign affairs lifestyle.
    • Foreign Service Assignment Notebook – U.S. Department of State 222-page resource guide that offers invaluable information and guidance on all aspects of preparing for an international move and Foreign Service life.
    • Post Info to Go  [intranet Link] – Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) resources and information on various posts and on numerous other resources pertaining to Foreign Service life.

Family Liaison Office (FLO)

  • FLO serves U.S. Government direct-hire employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at our Missions overseas. FLO's mission is to improve the quality of life of all demographics they serve by identifying issues and advocating for programs and solutions, providing a variety of client services, and extending services to overseas communities through the management of the worldwide Community Liaison Office (CLO) program

Office of Overseas Schools

Office of Medical Services (MED)

Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)

  • The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986. ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy and supports training of foreign affairs personnel at the NFATC's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) through a variety of programs and activities.


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