"The security, prosperity, and vital interests of the United States are increasingly coupled to those of other nations.".

- A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

International Programs Office
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Programs Available

International Programs are developed to provide Naval Academy graduates who are:

  • Adaptable individuals who understand and appreciate global and cross-cultural dynamics.
  • Effective communicators.
  • Technically and academically proficient professionals with a commitment to continual learning.
  • Critical thinkers and creative decision makers with a bias for action.
  • Information concerning the any of the following programs may be requested from the Director, International Programs at  internationalprograms@usna.edu

Semester Study Abroad Program

Semester Study Abroad Programs are available for all languages taught at U.S. Naval Academy - Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Midshipmen in their junior year or first semester of their senior year are eligible to compete for these opportunities. For the current academic year, 2013-2014, 75 Midshipmen are studying abroad in 18 countries. This is a fast-growing program, up from 46 participants in only 10 countries just two years ago. The newly added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs have enabled USNA to send Midshipmen to new countries.

Language Immersion Programs

The U. S. Naval Academy, through the Language and Cultures Department, sponsors various language study programs abroad to support further language development and proficiency. These four to six week programs take place during the summer and may include university summer sessions, study tours, and exchange visits with foreign navies.

Cultural Opportunities

Programs are created to develop global and cross-cultural awareness for Midshipmen and in many cases, faculty with international experience lead the excursions. Over the past academic year, 185 Midshipmen travelled to over 20 different countries.

Professional Training with Foreign Navies

In addition to the academic year preparation, each Midshipman is required to participate in hands-on professional development training. Many opportunities exist for Midshipmen to participate with foreign navies on Tall Training or fleet ships.

Four Year Program

U.S. Code Title 10 allows for up to 60 students to be enrolled from foreign countries to attend the Naval Academy for a four year education. The Department of Defense selects and notifies the countries that may nominate candidates. Selection of nominees to attend the Naval Academy is made by the Naval Academy International Admissions Board in the April timeframe. Currently, 58 foreign nationals are studying as Midshipmen.

Information concerning the application procedures for foreign nationals may be requested from the Naval Attache at the U.S. Embassy in your home country.

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