• FLO coordinates functional training for family members, provides fellowship opportunities for family members seeking to develop their professional skills and facilitates the Global Employment Initiative (GEI). GEI helps family members explore employment options and opportunities, and provides career development services

Training, Workshops & Distance Learning

Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) (US-based)

CDRC offers noontime seminars, held once a month, focusing on employment and career strengthening. Sample topics include: The Ultimate Resume, Writing Accomplishments Statements, Effective Job Interviewing, Professional Networking, Individual Development Plan, Life Cycle of a Job, and the Job Change Decision (this service is available to family members of State Department employees only). For more information, contact the CDRC at 202-663-3042 / Fax: 202-663-3146 or visit them at L321, State Annex 1, 2401 E Street, NW, Washington, DC. Email:

Functional Training for Foreign Service Family Members (US-based)

The Department of State is authorized to provide functional training to family members of U.S. Government direct-hire personnel anticipating an overseas assignment (section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980). Functional training for anticipated prospective employment is offered to family members on a space available basis. To be eligible for most functional training, a family member must be a U.S. citizen whose spouse has been paneled for an overseas assignment. Email for more information.

Transition Center Training Course List (Foreign Service Institute) (US-based)

At the Transition Center (TC), a variety of courses are available for eligible family members in the areas of Foreign Service Life, Personal and Financial Planning,Foreign Service Families, Going Overseas, Expanding Employment Options, Returning to Washington, and Security Overseas (See list of TC’s training courses).

Teacher Training (US-based)

Office of Overseas Schools Training Programs

Language Courses (Foreign Service Institute) (US-based)

Enrollment of family members in language training and area studies is coordinated through the Bureau of Human Resources/Career Development and Assignments. The Department of State employee should contact his/her Career Development Officer (CDO) for further information about enrolling a spouse in language training.

Foreign Service Institute (FSI) – provides on-site language training in more than 70 languages starting from beginner to high proficiency. Seats are offered to family members on a space available basis.

FSI’s Distance Language Learning Program – offers 16 languages, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. A mentor monitors and guides the student on a weekly basis. For more information, contact

Self-Guided Study Resources – available by enrolling in the various language libraries offered by FSI, such as Mango (30 languages from beginner to intermediate level), Rosetta Stone (more than 30 languages from beginner to professional proficiency) and FSI’s other linguistic resources. For more information, contact

For additional information, visit FSI’s Overseas Briefing Center’s (OBC) Language Training Options for Eligible Family Members webpage.

You may also refer to the Foreign Language Self-Guided Resources June 2015 brochure for more information. Not all resources will be available to all agencies; please read closely for eligibility.

Family members, who are affiliated with non-Department of State agencies and posted to U.S. missions abroad, are subject to their agency regulations, procedures and funding, and should seek guidance from their agency regarding funding and enrollment procedures.

FSI Distance Learning for Foreign Service Family Members (worldwide)

Department of State family members can take advantage of the extensive Commercial Skillsoft General Library (formerly FasTrac). The library is available on the Internet via the FSI Learn Center. Students receive a password (valid for one year) that includes access to over 2,300 courses ranging from Information Technology to Management.

Enrollment may be done on FSI’s intranet (OpenNet) site by the Department of State employee who will create an account on behalf of the family member. Alternatively, a password may be obtained by writing to the FSI registrar’s office at

Once a family member has a password, he/she can access the FSI Internet site at Non-Department of State family members should check with their agency for similar resources.

Language Training at Post (Overseas)

Many posts offer a Language Training Program and/or a Language Grant Program that provides money for grant-sponsored trips intended to immerse students in language and culture. Family members should check with their post on the availability of these programs.

GEI Workshops at Embassies and Consulates (Overseas)

The Global Employment Initiative (GEI) offers workshops on a variety of employment topics at embassies and consulates overseas. Family members should check with post to find out if there is a Global Employment Advisor (GEA). Recent workshops held overseas have covered areas such as resume writing, interviewing skills, continuing education, nursing, ESL, tax issues, and transitioning back to Washington, DC.

For information on the above listings, please email

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