Walsh School of Foreign Service

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, or simply the SFS, is the school of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. It is considered to be one of the world's leading international affairs school,[2] granting degrees at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Notable alumni include U.S. president Bill Clinton, former CIA director George Tenet, and King Felipe VI of Spain, as well as numerous other heads of state or government. Its faculty has also included many distinguished figures in international affairs, such as former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, and former president of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski.[3]

Walsh School of Foreign Service
Established1919; 102 years ago (1919)[1]
Parent institution
Georgetown University
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliations
DeanJoel Hellman
Academic staff
134 (Main campus)
Location, ,
United States

38°54′32″N 77°4′25″W

Founded in 1919, the School of Foreign Service is the oldest continuously operating school for international affairs in the United States,[4][5] predating the U.S. Foreign Service by six years, and is known for the large number of graduates who end up working in U.S. foreign policy.[6] Despite its reputation for producing prominent American statesmen and diplomats, the SFS is not a diplomatic academy, and its graduates go on to have careers in a diverse set of sectors, including Wall Street.

The School of Foreign Service was established by Fr. Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. with the goal of preparing Americans for various international professions in the wake of expanding U.S. involvement in world affairs after the First World War. Today, the school hosts a student body of approximately 2,250 from over 100 nations each year. It offers an undergraduate program based in the liberal arts, which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree, as well as eight interdisciplinary graduate programs.[1]