Foreign Service Institute
FSI sets American diplomats up for success so they can ensure the success of American diplomacy around the world.
The 21st century has brought unprecedented global change. Effective diplomacy is more essential than ever as we evolve to meet current challenges and future opportunities. FSI serves as a catalyst for that evolution. Employing cutting-edge educational technology, the latest advancements in cognitive research, and the work of innovative thought leaders from around the world, FSI challenges our professionals to explore new individual strengths, to broaden organizational capacities, and to strive for better outcomes for our country and the world.
As the chief learning organization for the Department of State, FSI works continuously to maintain its status as a Center of Excellence. Recent external recognitions include industry awards for innovation, technology, strategy, and collaboration from Chief Learning Officer magazine. Washingtonian Magazine also identified FSI training as a key factor contributing to a positive work environment at the Department of State in the feature article “50 Great Places to Work.”
FSI is located at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia. Situated in a campus-like setting of 72 acres, the Shultz Center is only ten minutes from the main State Department building in Washington, D.C. FSI conducts training at satellite facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rosslyn, VA and Washington, D.C., and additionally at overseas facilities in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, and multiple cities in Africa and the Arabic-speaking world. FSI offers approximately 800 courses (nearly 600 on campus and 250 via distance learning platforms) with over 225,000 enrollments annually.
The Institute is comprised of four schools and one center: