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The School of Language Studies (SLS) is happy to welcome all new language students to FSI! SLS is here to support you throughout your language training and we have an abundance of resources to help you succeed in learning the language and culture of your ongoing post.

The next Language Training Orientation is scheduled for January 3, 2022 and will be held virtually. Approximately 5 days prior, check your inbox for connection information.

Please note that most FSI language classes are currently being delivered virtually and students beginning long-term language training in January 2022 will begin remotely. In anticipation of a gradual return to in-person language training as conditions permit, FSI and GTM have determined that students beginning language training in January 2022 should plan to be in the Washington, DC area by January 3rd.

All new language students should join the School of Language Studies virtual orientation via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. on January 3rd. A language section orientation will follow at 10:00 a.m. The School will contact you separately by email with sign-in information for these sessions approximately one week prior to orientation.

In advance of your training, you will receive more detailed information from your language program regarding your virtual class schedule and technical requirements for virtual instruction. Questions may also be emailed to or to the Director of the appropriate instructional language division:

Slavic and Eurasian Languages – Marsha Kaplan

Near East, Central and South Asian Languages – Thomas Conners

Romance Languages – Christina Cavella (acting)

European and African Languages (including French) – Julie Cali

East Asian and Pacific Languages – Mary Kim

MLAT administrations are temporarily suspended during FSI’s current virtual training status.

Welcome to the School of Language Studies. We look forward to working with you!

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