About International Programs
Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, who provided the vision for International Programs in 1956, was clearly a visionary in his understanding of the value of maritime engagement. The global security environment presents an increasingly complex set of challenges and opportunities.
Each year we bring 100 to 150 foreign officers to the U.S. from around the world. They study strategy, warfare, decision making, and operational art. Equally important, they learn how the United States works as a country through the field studies program. Each officer is greatly influenced by what they see and learn in the United States while forming strong and lasting bonds with their U.S. and international classmates.
After graduation, NWC continues to strengthen friendship and cooperation by sponsoring periodic alumni regional symposia to further promote multilateral relationships, cooperation, and exchange of ideas and to give U.S. Navy regional commanders a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with these distinguished military leaders.
International Courses at NWC
Naval Command College Click to Open
The Naval Command College (NCC) course is an eleven-month program designed to prepare senior officers for the highest levels of command. It is open to international naval officers in the grades O-5 and O-6 (Commanders and Captains) upon invitation of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. Students pursue senior level core curriculum in classrooms alongside their U.S. counterparts—Strategy & Policy, National Security Decision Making, Joint Military Operations, Leadership in the Profession of Arms, and take specialized electives in areas of their interest. This curriculum is based upon requirements levied by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and confirms Joint Professional Military Education Phase II (JPME II). Students also participate in a robust Field Studies Program that allows them to travel around the U.S. to gain an increased understanding of American institutions, values, and way of life. All graduates are awarded a Naval War College diploma. Additionally, the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies is offered to a limited number of NCC students who meet all academic prerequisites and volunteer to undertake the additional study requirements. The course convenes annually July through June. (MASL P171001) Visit NCC
Naval Staff College Click to Open
The Naval Staff College (NSC) course is an eleven-month program designed to prepare mid-career officers for the challenges of command and major staff duty. In addition to participating in the intermediate level core curriculum alongside their U.S. counterparts -- Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, Joint Military Operations, Leadership in the Profession of Arms, and students take specialized electives in areas of their interest. This curriculum is based upon requirements levied by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and confirms Joint Professional Military Education Phase I (JPME I). Students also participate in a robust Field Studies Program that allows them to travel around the U.S. to gain an increased understanding of American institutions, values, and way of life. All graduates are awarded a Naval Staff College diploma. Additionally, the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies is offered to a limited number of NSC students who meet all academic prerequisites and volunteer to undertake the additional study requirements. The course convenes annually July through June. (MASL P171010) Visit NSC
Maritime Security & Governance Staff Course Click to Open
The Maritime Security and Governance Staff Course (MSGSC) is a five-month staff course intended to provide international navy, coast guard, and maritime law enforcement officers with the operational knowledge and strategic perspectives needed to effectively conduct maritime security operations, evaluate a complex maritime threat environment, formulate effective maritime security strategies, and achieve good maritime governance at national and regional levels. In addition, students will participate in a Field Studies Program that includes travel around the U.S. The course is designed for mid-grade naval officers but is open to all uniformed military personnel and government officials in the equivalent rank/paygrade of O-3 to O-5 (NATO OF-2 to OF-4). Classes convene in January and July 2023, 2024, and 2025. (MASLP179699) Visit Maritime Security & Governance Staff Course
International Maritime Staff Operators Course Click to Open
The International Maritime Staff Operators Course (IMSOC) is a twelve-week course designed to provide international naval officers the knowledge and skills needed to support the planning and execution of maritime operations and integrate with existing operational planning teams on national, allied and coalition staffs. The course enables students to comprehend, analyze and apply maritime operational level processes and procedures necessary to plan, prepare, execute and assess combined maritime operations. Students also participate in a Field Studies Program that includes travel around the United States to gain an understanding of American institutions, values, and way of life. The course typically convenes twice a year, in the fall from August to November and in the spring from March to June. (MASL P179622) Visit IMSOC
To see more course offerings at Naval War College please visit our programs offered page.Programs Offered
International Military Student Office and Sponsor Information
The Naval War College International Military Student Office (IMSO) have over 20 years experience seeing to the administrative and professional needs of our diverse student body. IMSO can be reached at IMSO@usnwc.edu.
For Students Click to Open
The IMSO is your gateway to the NWC experience. They will ensure that you are checked into the program, thoroughly briefed on local services, housing and all of the many concerns you will have about getting you and your family settled for your time in Newport. Please see the Student Guide (PDF) for detailed information about your time at the college.
For Sponsors and Prospective Sponsors Click to Open
The IMSO manages our sponsor program. An important and integral part of the NWC experience, our sponsors play an invaluable role for our arriving students, assisting with getting settled, adjusting to a new and foreign country and helping with the myriad details for setting up a household. They also provide a level of exposure to American life and culture that complements the official academic and social program for the course.
If you are interested in becoming an international sponsor, please contact the IMSO office. We will be happy to provide details about the program and our current needs.
International Seapower Symposium
The International Sea Power Symposium (ISS) is co-hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations and the President, U.S. Naval War College. It occurs in every second year. Attendees include the chiefs of the navies and coast guards from nations around the globe.More Information on ISS