Core Programs

Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course

The FSO Cadetship Course is a six-month intensive training program for newly appointed FSOs Class IV. It helps develop their capabilities in promoting foreign policy goals and in advancing economic and security interests. It will likewise orient them on basic consular and diplomatic duties and responsibilities.

The course consists mainly of lectures and discussions but may also employ alternative learning approaches such as practical exercises, case studies, simulation, educational tours, and study visits.
 

Career Ministers’ Course

The Career Ministers’ Course is an intensive course for middle level FSOs. It is a component of the human resources development and education program conducted by the Foreign Service Institute designed to help in preparing and training FSOs Class I who will assume the rank of Career Minister. The program complements the selection process for promotion to this rank as provided for in Republic Act 7157.

The course utilizes various methods including lectures, facilitated group discussions, case studies, workshops, demonstrations and simulations.
 

Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar

The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) prepares the personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies for service in Philippine diplomatic and consular posts abroad.

The PDOS orients participants to the functions and operations of foreign service establishments, prepares them for relocation to a foreign environment, taking into account the need for cross-cultural adaptation and awareness, and provides them with basic information on their work in diplomatic or consular posts. It also acquaints participants with some of the more common types of challenges while on post overseas and equips them with certain basic tools (e.g., attitudinal approach) to enable them to meet those challenges.
 

Management Training for Heads of Posts and their Spouses

The Management Training for Heads of Posts and their Spouses prepares senior officials of the Department and their spouses who will be assigned at the Philippine Embassies, Consulates and Missions as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. This is designed to enrich their knowledge and skills in managing their official, social, and diplomatic functions abroad.