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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 Mar. 8, 2021 and will be held virtually. Approximately 5 days prior, check your inbox for connection information.

Please note that all FSI language classes are currently being delivered virtually and students beginning long-term language training in March 2021 will begin remotely. There may be a return to in-person training as local conditions in the National Capital Region (NCR) evolve. While FSI language training remains virtual, students can decide whether to do virtual training from the Washington DC area or from their home leave/safe-haven location. Questions on applicable per diem should be directed to GTM/CDA. Students should plan on class schedules to be based on Eastern time. If and when classes resume on campus, employees must be prepared to report in person.

All new language students should join the School of Language Studies virtual orientation via Zoom at 9am on March 8th. A language section orientation will follow at 10am. The School will contact you separately by email with sign-in information for these sessions approximately one week prior to Mar. 8th. 

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 – Catherine Doughty 

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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