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FSI training status update: FSI will be in contact with students enrolled in upcoming training to provide specific details. Please visit this link to view the list of courses that are being offered virtually.

FSI’s Transition Center continues to offer a wide range of webinar trainings and is actively redesigning in-person classes into virtual offerings. Please visit this link to view the list of  Transition Center courses by date that features upcoming webinars and webinar video recordings.

 

Foreign Affairs Life Skills Training

Life Skills courses and webinars prepare community members to effectively navigate the many transitions and adjustments required for success in their mobile lifestyle. These programs offer targeted training to all U.S. Government employees, adult family members, and children preparing for an overseas assignment. The continuum of training spans a range of relevant topics for those new to the foreign affairs experience, as well as those with transition concerns.

Online Training Resources

View these online training resources to learn about topics that will enhance understanding of an assignment to a U.S. mission overseas.

Transition Center Courses and Webinars by Date

The Transition Center offers a variety of courses and webinars for the foreign affairs community. Please visit this link to view the list of courses by date that features upcoming webinars and webinar video recordings.

Courses by Category

Life Skills classes are available to employees and eligible family members assigned to a mission overseas from all foreign affairs agencies.

Preparing for Foreign Affairs Life
  • Protocol and U.S. Representation in the Foreign Affairs Community (MQ116) – Email
  • Orientation to the Department of State for Foreign Affairs Agencies (MQ119) – Course Detailscurrently offered as a webinar
  • Foreign Service Spouse Orientation (MQ120) – Email
  • Cross Cultural Communication for the Foreign Affairs Community (MQ802) – Course Detailscurrently offered as a webinar
  • Understanding the Foreign Affairs Lifestyle (MQ803) – Course Details
Employment for Family Members
  • Basics of Overseas Employment for EFMs (MQ703) – Course Details
  • Employment Tools for EFMs (MQ704) – Course Detailscurrently offered as a webinar
  • International Development: Employment Options for EFMs (MQ705) – Course Details – currently offered as a webinar
  • Entrepreneur Basics for EFMs – Webinar – Email
  • Virtual Work Opportunities for EFMs – Webinar – Email
  • Teaching and Working in Education Overseas for EFMs – Webinar – Email
  • Legal Considerations for EFMs Working Overseas – Webinar – Email
Financial Planning
  • Regulations, Allowances and Finances in the Foreign Service Context (MQ104) – Course Detailscurrently offered as a webinar
  • Tax Considerations for the Foreign Affairs Community – Webinar – Email
  • Personal Finances and Investments for Foreign Affairs Personnel – Webinar – Email
  • Estate Planning in the Foreign Service – Webinar – Email
Foreign Affairs Families with Children
  • Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community – Webinar – Email
  • Young Diplomats Overseas Preparation (MQ250) – Course Detailswill be offered again
    in 2021
  • Encouraging Resilience in Your Foreign Affairs Child (MQ500) – Course Details  (See Webinars for additional sessions)
Going Overseas and Logistics
  • Going Overseas in the Foreign Affairs Community without Children (MQ200) – Course Details – will be offered again in 2021
  • Going Overseas in the Foreign Affairs Community with Children (MQ210) – Course Details – will be offered again in 2021
  • Moving Overseas Logistics for the Foreign Affairs Community (MQ220) – Course Details – will be offered again in 2021
  • Moving Overseas Logistics for Foreign Affairs Youth (MQ230) – Course Details – will be offered again in 2021
  • Traveling with Pets for the Foreign Affairs Community (MQ855) – Email

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