What is a Foreign Affairs Officer?

Foreign Affairs Officer Job Description

Foreign affairs officers interpret the foreign policy of their homeland to government officials of their host country while fostering friendly political and commercial relationships.


Foreign affairs officers make periodic reports to their supervisors regarding political activities, market conditions, public opinion and other matters.


They might be involved in negotiating trade agreements and treaties that help protect the economic, legal and political interests of their homeland.



Typical Job Duties

• Plan, develop and manage the operations of their office

• Oversee the expenses and budget of their office

• Oversee the acquisition and maintenance of government property

• Supervise office personnel

• Assist visitors and residents from their homeland who are visiting or reside in the host country with any problems they face relating to Visas and passports

• Interpret foreign policy of homeland to government officials of host country

• Negotiate trade agreements with host country

• Promote understanding between homeland and host country



Scholarships for Becoming a Foreign Affairs Officer

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Foreign Affairs Officer. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Foreign Affairs Officer. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


Top Banner Image: