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Military Exchange

As a Cadet, you have a unique opportunity to get ahead in your career by studying abroad, especially if you plan to commission. As you know, Army officers must be prepared to travel anywhere in the world for training, peacekeeping, operations, or combat.

As a professional, you must understand various cultures to make informed decisions. Education abroad also gives you a crucial perspective of what it feels like to be a foreigner in another country, and understanding how America is seen overseas.

You have many commitments and in order to find the right program that fits your interest, you need to plan ahead. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are thinking about study abroad:

  • If you are contracted, you need to include study abroad in your plan of study. Just like any other summer class that would give you extra credits, this may or may not have an impact on your graduation date. If it will affect your graduation date, you will need to talk with your advisor.
  • The summer after your freshman year is typically the best time to study abroad. Many Cadets choose to go to specialty schools (Airborne School, for example) during the summer after their sophomore year. If you are contracted to commission, you will attend LDAC after your junior year. This does not mean the only time to study abroad is as a freshman; there are many programs that can accommodate your schedule if you plan ahead.
  • For those who cannot finance studying abroad, or would prefer to stay local, another option for you, the Summer Language Institute. This program seeks to immerse selected ROTC Cadets and other students in specially designed foreign language and experiential programs intended to provide a solid professional foundation for a military, federal public service, international business, or science professions career. You will live on campus. Your classmates will be fellow Cadets and other students who have similar interests.

Study Abroad Scholarships for Cadets

As a Cadet, there are many scholarships available for you. Like most military scholarships or awards, you will most likely be placed on an Order of Merit List (OML). If your GPA and Corps participation are good, your chances of receiving scholarships increase.

You have the unique opportunity to travel around the world and prepare yourself for your future career. The Military Department offers many different scholarships, grants, and internships to Cadets who wish to study abroad. Visit the Cadets Scholarships & Grants webpage to learn more about the Critical Language Majors Scholarship and other Cadet scholarships. You may also wish to visit the Project Global Officer (GO) Scholarship web page.

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