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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

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, 2015-2016, 82 Midshipmen are studying abroad in 15 countries. This is a fast-growing program, up from 75 participants just two years ago. The newly added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs have enabled USNA to send Midshipmen to new countries, such as Israel, Turkey, Korea, Singapore, and Sweden.

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.  Our goal is to send 175 Midshipmen abroad each year.

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 traveled to over 20 different countries.  Each year, our goal is to send 175 Midshipmen abroad.

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.  Our goal is to send 50 Midshipmen per year.

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 time frame. This program has existed since 1863 and there have been 470 graduates from 70 countries.  Currently, 59 foreign nationals from 28 countries are studying as Midshipmen. 

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

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