How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

Thinking about a Foreign Service career someday? This blog post offers a helpful overview of the path to becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO), including answers to the following questions:

  • What does a FSO/diplomat do?
  • What are the Foreign Service career tracks?
  • How do you become a FSO/diplomat? Who is eligible?
  • How does the FSO application work?
  • What is the the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)? How is it scored?
  • and more!

How to Become a Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat

For an even more extensive look at the process, here is an official State Department resource.

Becoming a Foreign Service Officer

By Susannah Krenn
Susannah Krenn Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing / Career Advisor Susannah Krenn