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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 July 3, 2023. Approximately 5 days prior, check your inbox for information.

Please note that FSI language training incorporates both virtual and on-campus instruction. Students can anticipate attending virtual class sessions approximately two days per week and on-campus activities approximately three days per week. The split of approximately three in-person days and approximately two virtual days varies by language.

In advance of your training, you will receive more detailed information from your language program regarding 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 – Linda Manning

Near East, Central and South Asian Languages – Thomas Conners

Romance Languages – Christina Cavella

European and African Languages (including French) – Mongia Dambowic (acting)

East Asian and Pacific Languages – Christopher Crocoll (acting)

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

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