As a Midshipman
Summer Study Abroad
The Language Study Abroad Program, managed by the Languages and Cultures Department, provides midshipmen who have completed at least two years of a foreign language with opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign people, their cultures and their worldviews, through total language immersion. It includes 4- or 6-week university summer sessions, study tours, exchange visits with foreign naval academies, and limited translator-intern duties. Host countries for study abroad include Jordan, Egypt, China, France, Morocco, Senegal, Germany, Japan, Russia, Chile, Mexico, and Spain.
Semester Study Abroad
Semester study abroad is available to a small number of midshipmen through the International Programs Office.
Other Travel Opportunities
Midshipmen with foreign language proficiency also have the opportunity to participate in foreign exchange cruises, to attend international conferences of service academies, and to serve as interns in U.S. embassies abroad.
Activities at USNA
The Languages and Cultures Department is actively involved in the Naval Academy Regional Studies Forums – the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Africa Forum, the Asia-Pacific Forum, the Eurasia Forum, and the Forum for Latin America Studies – supporting lectures, presentations, and cultural activities with a regional focus, and bringing outside experts into contact with the Naval Academy Community. In conjunction with these forums, the Department has recently sponsored two Chinese film festivals and an Africa Film Night.
Scholarships for Graduate Study Abroad
Olmsted Scholarships permit U.S. military officers to pursue graduate study for two years at a foreign university in a foreign language. Each year one or two officer graduates from each of the three major service academies (the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and West Point) are selected to become Olmsted Scholars after having completed 3 to 10 years of commissioned service.
The Otto A. Zipf Scholarship offers one graduate of each Naval Academy class in the Navy Unrestricted Line or in the Marine Corps an opportunity to study for two years at the graduate level at the Ruprecht-Karl-University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. The scholarship usually begins in the summer following graduation from the Naval Academy.
Assignments and Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus
The Navy and the Marine Corps have greatly increased opportunities for Foreign Area Officers in recent years. For some languages, graduates may receive foreign language proficiency bonuses.