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Walsh School of Foreign Service

Redefining International Affairs

Created as the first U.S. school of international affairs, the Walsh School of Foreign Service vowed to train young leaders to serve the world. Now in its second century, at a time of unprecedented global uncertainty, SFS is called once again to prepare a new generation for foreign service—in new ways that reflect the challenges ahead.

Confronting new challenges—with a century of experience

Our mission calls us to educate leaders with a deep connection to the Jesuit value of service, and both the commitment and skills to confront the world’s challenges. In meeting that mission, we will benefit from our rich history, expert faculty, and enduring values—and build on those strengths through ambitious investments in faculty and curriculum, learning experiences, and our global reach.

A Testimonial

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“I did a semester’s worth of research into the Alaskan Arctic, and having the opportunity to visit the Arctic made everything—the issues, the people, the places—feel much more real. I now have a sense for exactly what’s at stake when thinking about the existential threat climate change poses to these communities.”

—Kirk Zieser (SFS ‘22), on travel to Alaska as part of the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program. STIA draws on Georgetown’s expertise across global health, environmental studies, public policy, international affairs, and security studies to develop leaders equally conversant in science and global issues.

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“Having entered upon the stage of world politics and world commerce we assume worldwide obligations. Our viewpoint can never be quite the same again.”

— Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., SFS founder, in dedicatory remarks on November 25, 1919

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Philanthropic support from our alumni and friends will make this vision possible. To learn more about or contribute to these priorities, please contact us at sfsgiving@georgetown.edu.