INTERNATIONAL MIDS
AT USNA
2008
International Students
• GOVERNING AUTHORITY
– Title 10, United States Code (Title 10 prescribed below unless otherwise
indicated)
– DoD Directive (DODD) 1322.22 of 24 Aug 94
– OPNAVINST 1531.6C of 28 May 91
– EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH FOREIGN MILITARY ACADEMIES
– Section 6957a of Title 10
• ELIGIBILITY
– Maximum of 60 International Midshipmen in Brigade
• NOMINATIONS
– Maximum of six candidates per country for each vacancy
– No more than three foreign students per country (DODD)
– Nominations submitted through appropriate diplomatic channels
International Students
• SERVICE OBLIGATION
– Priority to nominees who have a national service
obligation
• REVIEW PROCESS
–The records of nominees are evaluated by the USNA
International Admissions Board in April
International Students
• ENTITLEMENTS
– Foreign students are entitled to the same pay and
allowances of a midshipman appointed from the United States
• TUITION COSTS
– Each foreign country shall reimburse the US for the cost of
instruction, including the cost of pay and allowances
– SECNAV prescribes the rates for reimbursement and
SECDEF may waive the requirement for reimbursement,
based on country’s World Bank income figures
 Typically high income countries such as South Korea, Singapore,
and Taiwan do not receive waivers
International Students
• REGULATIONS
– International students are subject to the same regulations
governing admission, attendance, discipline, resignation,
discharge, dismissal, and graduation as a US midshipman
– SECNAV may prescribe regulations with respect to access to
classified information that differ from the regulations that apply
to US midshipmen
– International students are not entitled to an appointment in
an armed force of the US by reason of graduation from the
Academy
International Students
Jun-Aug:
Services/OSD discuss country priorities
Early Sep:
OSD releases invite msg to countries;
USNA immediately sends nomination
information to all eligible countries
31 Jan:
Nom deadline (country DAO USNA)
USNA emails DAO with candidate
application instructions
1 Apr:
Deadline for candidate to complete online
application
International Students
• Early April:
International Admissions Board
• List to Superintendent for approval; if approved, sent to
OPNAV to verify list meets Navy objectives; if
approved, sent to OSD for review and waiver
determinations
• When approved, USNA contacts DAOs to advise of
appointment(s)
International Admissions Board
• CONSIDERATIONS
• Overall, same as for US candidates, including CFA
• Medical exam is given upon arrival at USNA
• Special emphasis on English ability
– Both SAT and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language) Scores
– Where Verbal SAT scores are weak (below 450),
Board carefully considers TOEFL scores, English course
success, and DAO recommendations
– Face-to-face interviews with DAO critical in
determining candidate’s ability to communicate, but not
always available
International Midshipmen
Orientation Program
• International students arrive 10 days early
• Program is designed to ease their transition to a different culture
and prepare them for the rigors of Plebe Summer
• Professors assess their English proficiency
• Ensigns lead PEP for the International Mids
• Ensigns also take them to various places to learn more about
American life: museums, sporting events, the mall, etc.
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