Exchanges and Fellowships

The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) helps to orchestrate a vast array of impressive educational and cultural exchange programs in the U.S. and around the world which aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.

ECA and other U.S. government programs available to Pacific Islanders from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu and Nauru include the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Students Program, the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for teachers and the Community Solutions Program, tailored to the best community leaders in the country. The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), a competitive, merit-based scholarship program provides opportunity for Bachelor and Master’s degree study at the University of Hawai’i.

Conferences such as the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference brings together young, emerging, indigenous Pacific leaders with a collective capacity to address common issues facing the region such as education and resource management.

Such exchanges promote public dialogue and discussion of the bilateral links between our countries. Participants include opinion leaders across our countries’ political, commercial, educational, media and cultural sectors. Increasingly, program participants are coming from youth and non-majority communities.

The exchange experience ensures that key Pacific decision makers receive a more complete view of U.S. life, culture, and policies, allowing them to bring back context to debates which otherwise might be carried out at an uninformed level or through sensationalist media coverage.



ELIGIBILITY.  Under the authority of the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Navy may authorize up to 60 men and women from other nations to attend the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at any one time.  Approximately, 10-18 international students are admitted each year, based on allowable vacancies.

NOMINATIONS.  Each invited country may nominate up to six candidates.  These nominations must be submitted through the Defense Attaché Officer (DAO) or Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) in the respective U.S. Embassy.  Nominations are due to USNA Office of Admissions by January 31, 2019.  All nominations should be submitted on the enclosed nomination form. Please make additional copies of the form as necessary and also complete the enclosed Embassy Contact Information Sheet in order to expedite communication and correspondence.

Due to the Personally Identifiable Information listed on the forms, both forms should be sent to using AMRDEC SAFE at

Once at this website, you can choose CAC user or non-CAC user based on having a CAC card, fill out all the required information (name, email, description…), attach the form/forms as a file and select PII, add the USNA email address from above as the recipient, then choose encrypt message when possible, and upload the information.

As part of the nominating process, sponsoring governments are required to provide USNA with written acknowledgment of their sponsor responsibilities and their understanding of the reimbursement requirement.  This is not a commitment for the respective country to expend funds. That decision will be made in May 2019.

As indicated in the Department of Defense invitation message, foreign students are not commissioned in the U.S. Armed Forces upon graduation.  However, U.S. law requires that we give priority to nominees who have a national service obligation to their countries upon graduation.  Sponsoring countries should provide a statement regarding any military/government service requirement for the student when submitting nomination(s).

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.  International candidates must be unmarried, at least 17 years of age, and must not have passed their 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of admission.  International candidates must be citizens of their country and have an official nomination.

All candidates must take either the ACT or SAT college entrance examinations.  The examination is a critical part of the application.  However, the essay portion of the exam will not be considered.  For information regarding test dates, testing centers, and registration, visit the for the ACT and for the SAT.  The code for reporting ACT scores to the Naval Academy is 1742; the code for reporting SAT scores is 5809.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY.  All nominees must be certified as proficient in spoken English by the Defense Attaché Officer or diplomatic representative.  In addition, each candidate must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.  Scores should be forwarded to the Naval Academy using code 5809.  Information regarding test dates, testing centers, and registration can be obtained by visiting the TOEFL website at   The Admissions Board will not consider candidates without a TOEFL score unless English is their primary language.

All examinations must be taken no later than the January test date to ensure that results are reported to USNA in time for Admissions Board consideration in April.

REVIEW PROCESS.  Once the nomination is received from the country, instructions on how to access the candidate’s application on the USNA Admissions website will be provided to the Embassy Contact/Defense Attaché Officer at the respective U.S. Embassy.  The USNA application is to be completed online, with the exception of the official transcript, which needs to be mailed.  The DAO or Naval Attaché should interview the candidates and provide recommendations, a ranking of nominees, if applicable, and comment on English proficiency.  The candidate should complete all forms as soon as possible, but not later than March 31.   Completed applications of nominees will be evaluated by the Admissions Board in early April.

The final selection of candidates is approved by the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.  Final selections are made for offers of appointment via the respective Defense Attaché Officers.  The DAOs/Embassy Contact will be notified via email in the late April to early May time frame.  After consulting the nominating government and the selected individual, the Defense Attaché Officer will email the candidate’s decision to accept or decline the USNA offer of appointment.

When the appointment is accepted, the candidate must be certified as free from communicable disease by a qualified physician, and will be advised if there are any additional medical requirements.  Upon arrival at the Naval Academy, the candidate will undergo a thorough medical examination to ensure all USNA medical qualifications, including the height and weight requirements, are met.

SEVIS.  In compliance with current law, all international students who accept their offers of appointment will be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Certificates of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20) will be forwarded to respective U.S. Embassies.  We will also request a copy of the student’s birth certificate for name verification when preparing the I-20.

ORIENTATION.  Prior to Induction Day, international students participate in a mandatory cultural and English language familiarization program.  The program includes instruction in English and orientation to life and study at the Naval Academy. There is no cost to international students other than money for personal use.  Rooms and meals are provided by USNA.  Dates for the orientation program will be provided when the appointment is offered, but the program usually starts 7-10 days prior to Induction Day, which is scheduled for June 28, 2019.

TRAVEL.  Travel expenses to USNA are paid by the Academy.  Students will receive travel instructions once appointment is accepted.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Melody Hwang, LT, USN
Director, Nominations and Appointments
United States Naval Academy
52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD  21402-5019
(410) 293-1820
DSN:  281-4320
(410) 293-1819 FAX
DSN:  281-1819 FAX


  • Submit nomination paperwork to USNA (Embassy Contact Sheet and Nomination Form)
  • Have student register for the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program Test (ACT)
  • Log into Candidate Information System for online application for the United States Naval Academy
  • Complete application documents online
  • Mail (in addition, can scan and email) Official High School and College Transcripts
  • Scan and email birth certificate
  • Statement of Sponsorship for Nominating Country (no form; email or letter is acceptable)
  • Statement regarding any Military/Government Service Obligation for Student (no form; email or letter is acceptable)
  • Submit evaluation on each international nominee to include English proficiency and recommended ranking of nominees, if more than one.
  • Ensure application is complete NLT 31 March 2019


The EducationUSA Academy is a pre-college academic enrichment Program for international high school students offering specialized college preparatory content, college-level writing workshops, campus visits, and cultural activities. Students gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the U.S. while having the chance to experience campus life.

Program Dates

Application timelines and program schedules vary by host institution (please refer to the institution of your choice for its specific deadline).

To apply, visit:

Select preferred academy to begin specific application processes.

The U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA) , is a competitive, merit-based scholarship Program that provides opportunities for Masters’ and Bachelors’ degree study at the University of Hawai‘i in fields that are directly relevant to the development needs of Pacific island countries.

Program Dates

August of following year.

To apply, visit:

The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development Program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide. Community Solutions fellows complete a four- month fellowship from August to December with a US non-profit organization or local government agency. Our Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. Fellows return to apply their new skills through a community action project.

Program Dates

August ’19 to December ’20

The Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program brings two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for an intensive six-week Program that builds significant new capacity and facilitates enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the U.S. and the Pacific Islands.

Program Dates

Spring Cohort: April – May
Fall Cohort: October-November

For the Spring 2019 Application, visit:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars and Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career foreign scholars, faculty, practitioners, and secondary educators whose purpose is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long; SUSIs for Secondary Educators are five-weeks. These Institutes are comprised of a four to five week academic residency and a one to two week educational study tour to a different region of the United States. During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences.

Program Dates

June-July 2019

To apply, please download the Application Form and submit it to

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the U.S. The Program operates in more than 155 countries. The U.S. Embassy Suva invites applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and Tonga for Master level study programs in the U.S.

Program Dates

August of following year

To apply, visit:

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experience in the U.S. Selection is based on a candidate’s potential for leadership and commitment to service in either the public or the private sector. This Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding of issues of common concern in the U.S. and the fellow’s home country. U.S. Embassy Suva invites applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and Tonga for Master professional enrichment programs in the U.S.

Program Dates

August of following year

To apply, visit:



1. The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), one of the five federal service academies, offers an outstanding four-year program with an intensive undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. This program, coupled with military and leadership training, enables graduates to assume responsible roles as officers in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) or, in the case of international cadets, the comparable maritime or government service of their host countries. Many navies throughout the world share common missions with the USCG. The USCGA curriculum is weighted heavily toward mathematics, science and engineering courses. International cadets must have excellent English skills as all instruction is provided in English.

2. The Academy offers the following nine majors:
A. Civil Engineering
B. Cyber Systems
C. Electrical Engineering
D. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
E. Operations Research
F. Marine and Environmental Sciences
G. Government
H. Mechanical Engineering
I. Management
The Academy program also consists of formal classroom training in subjects such as navigation and law enforcement, supplemented by summer programs that include general shipboard and aviation training, seagoing experience aboard the USCG training ship Barque Eagle, military training, and other operational experience.

3. An integral part of the Academy program is a rigorous physical education and physical fitness program which demands that candidates arrive in good physical condition able to run, swim, and perform calisthenics. During the first weeks of training at the USCGA, all cadets take a physical fitness test and cadets scoring below the minimum passing score risk disenrollment. It is strongly recommended that government sponsoring agencies administer a physical fitness and swimming test to all candidates using the USCGA’s physical fitness requirements prior to sponsoring the candidate. These requirements will be made available upon request by the USCGA point of contact in paragraph 19.

4. To allow international cadets an opportunity to better integrate knowledge and experience they have acquired at the USCGA with their own country’s needs and their future duties, host countries may wish to have their cadet return home during the summer between the second class and first class (third and fourth) year in lieu of the programmed ten week training period. The cadet’s government is required to pay all travel and other costs associated with this effort.

5. International cadets are subject to applicable USCGA regulations covering class attendance, discipline, resignation, and graduation requirements. International cadets are not entitled to a commission in the USCG after graduation. The sponsoring country must certify in writing that individuals, upon graduation, will serve in the Coast Guard, Navy, or other maritime related government service of their host country. The extent of such duty will be considered when reviewing candidates.

6. Nominations: Candidates must be formally sponsored by their government through the U.S. diplomatic missions. Government agencies/military services should provide the U.S. Defense Attaché (or other Embassy official) with a list of approved candidates. An endorsement letter from the sponsoring government agency/military service is required for each candidate. No provisions exist for attendance of unsponsored students, even those willing to pay all expenses and fees.

7. Requirements: Candidates for the Class of 2023 are required to meet the following requirements:
A. Age: Candidates must have reached their seventeenth but not their twenty-third birthday by 01 July 2019.

B. Standardized Exams: Candidates must take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT).
1) SAT:
(a) a minimum of 600 on the Math portion is recommended.
(b) a minimum of 600 on the Reading portion is recommended.
2) ACT:
(a) a minimum of 26 on the Math portion is recommended.
(b) a minimum of 27 on the English portion is recommended.

C. Language Assessment: In countries where English is not the primary language, candidates must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 560 on the ITP (paper-based test) or 90 iBT (computer-based test) is recommended. In some situations, the English Comprehension Level (ECL) may be administered in lieu of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 80 is required on the ECL.

D. Dependents: Candidates must not have any legal dependents. Candidates must not be married.

E. Interview: Once requirements A through D have been met, all candidates are to be interviewed by the U.S. Defense Attaché (or other Embassy official) prior to the submission of the candidate’s application package to the USCGA point of contact listed in paragraph 19.
At the interview, candidates are required to present a certified high school transcript. The interviewer will evaluate the candidate’s high school performance, English skills, activities, evidence of physical fitness, and the candidate’s government sponsoring agency endorsement. Interviewers must provide detailed written comments regarding the candidate’s grasp of the English language and the applicant’s ability to handle the rigorous academic and physical requirements of a U.S. federal service academy.

F. Forms: A procedures manual and nomination/application package is available upon request via e-mail from the USCGA point of contact in paragraph 19. Additional information about the selection process, physical fitness exam, and medical requirements can be found at and

8. It is the candidate’s responsibility to verify dates that the nearest testing center will administer each examination and to register directly with the appropriate testing agency. The USCGA must be named as one of the colleges to receive the test scores (Director of Admissions, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT 06320). Past experience shows that early application for SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams is essential. Further assistance by the U.S. Defense Attaché (or other Embassy official) may be necessary to complete the application process.

9. 2018-2019 international registration deadlines and test dates:
– registration deadline of 07 Sep 18 for the 06 Oct 18 test date
– registration deadline of 02 Nov 18 for the 01 Dec 18 test date
– registration deadline of 08 Feb 19 for the 09 Mar 19 test date (results from March test date are only acceptable if previous test results are received by 01 March 2019)
Students can register at
The USCGA code number for the SAT exam is 5807.

– registration deadline of 28 Sep 18 for the 26 Oct 18 test date
– registration deadline of 02 Nov 18 for the 07 Dec 18 test date
– registration deadline of 11 Jan 19 for the 08 Feb 19 test date
Students can register at
The USCGA code number for the ACT exam is 0600.

The TOEFL has gone to a computer based testing program. Candidates must contact their local testing center to schedule an exam. Contact information for testing centers can be found at
The USCGA code number for the TOEFL is 5807.

10. The cost of instruction at the Academy is approximately 97,000 dollars annually. This includes cadet pay, which is applied towards books, uniforms, food and a monthly allowance. While at the USCGA, international cadets receive the same pay and allowances as their U.S. counterparts.

11. Sponsoring countries are strongly encouraged to present candidates regardless of budgetary constraints. Tuition waivers are routinely granted at the discretion of the USCGA Comptroller. Sponsoring countries are required to request tuition waivers through the USCGA point of contact listed in paragraph 19.

12. Any international cadet who does not satisfy the USCGA’s graduation requirements after the normal four-year period is subject to automatic disenrollment and is given a certificate of completion in lieu of a diploma. If the sponsoring country is willing to pay for the cadet’s additional time at the Academy, the cadet may seek an extension in order to complete the requirements to graduate.

13. Tuition & Travel: The USCG will not waive the costs associated with an international cadet’s travel to and from (or shipment of personal belongings to and from) the USCGA during their four-year course of study. A one-time initial deposit of 3,000 dollars is required to cover the cost of a personal computer, issue of uniforms, military gear and educational support services. The deposit may be waived, sponsoring countries are required to request deposit waivers through the USCGA point of contact listed in paragraph 19, if paying it presents a barrier to a candidate’s participation in the program.

14. English language training in the host country is recommended prior to reporting to the USCGA to aid the candidate’s transition into the rigorous academic schedule at the USCGA. The host country is responsible for the cost of any additional English language tutoring or other educational support services required if the candidate arrives with insufficient language skills.

15. All international cadets will be enrolled in TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s health insurance carrier. Routine medical care will be provided at the USCGA regional Health, Safety and Worklife Clinic. Should the international cadet require more specialized care then TRICARE will be billed.

16. 2018-19 critical dates in the application process:
 Aug 18 – Mar 19: Register and take the SAT/ACT and TOEFL exams
 01 Mar 19: Deadline for submission of completed candidate application packages by U.S. Defense Attaché (or other Embassy official) to USCGA
 01 Apr 19: Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance
 01 May 19: Deadline for host countries to accept appointment offers
 01 May – 10 Jun 19: International cadets coordinate travel arrangements, visa paperwork, confirmation of entrance deposit with USCGA
 24-25 Jun 19: International cadets report to USCGA for orientation
 01 Jul 19: Summer training program begins for Class of 2023

17. Candidate application packages may be submitted via e-mail to USCGA point of contact in paragraph 19.

18. Governments are also encouraged to identify promising candidates for the Class of 2024 (entering June 2020) and begin to complete the admissions requirements for early application in fall 2019.

19. USCGA Point of Contact: LT Brennan P. Dougherty, phone (860) 701-6753, fax (860) 701-6700, email: Brennan.P.Dougherty(at) For more information about USCGA, visit the Academy’s website at