Office of International Programs

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Roles and missions continue to evolve in the Air Force. With increasing deployments, new missions centering on coalition warfare, joint-international operations, and multi-national cooperative humanitarian assistance have become commonplace. These "Global Presence" commitments require "Global Skills" from our officer corps, and underscore the need for better foreign area, cross-cultural, and foreign language skills. As a prime producer of officer accessions, the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is helping to meet this need through programs that "internationalize" the curriculum and provide a "global perspective" for the USAFA community at large.

 The Office of International Programs (DFIP) at the United States Air Force Academy manages the Cadet Summer Foreign Language Immersion Program, the Semester Exchange Abroad Program, the Cadet International Academy Visits Program, the Four-Year International Cadet Program, and the Allied Exchange Officer Program.

 In addition, the Office of International Programs: serves as the single focal point for USAFA's international affairs; plans distinguished international visits to USAFA; organizes USAFA staff assistance visits to international academies in support of theater CINC, HQ USAF, and OSD initiatives; administers foreign clearance authorizations for USAFA personnel; is the foreign disclosure office for USAFA; processes official passports for USAFA personnel; and serves as the international military student office for HQ USAF directed security assistance training at USAFA.


The Office of International Programs offers the following programs:

           Cadet Summer Foreign Language Immersion Program

 A Cadet Summer Foreign Language Immersion Program serves to accelerate foreign language learning. Select First Class (senior) cadets undergo a month-long, intensive language training program at overseas universities or language institutes. Normally, the cadets live with local families, reinforcing the cultural immersion and facilitating constant, practical use of foreign language.


Cadet International Academy Visits Program

 A Cadet International Academy Visits Program provides practical international orientation for academy cadets throughout the world. Each Spring Break (March) USAFA sends cadet delegations, for ten days, to foreign air force or defense force academies. In turn, in April, USAFA hosts the reciprocal visits to these academies, in a large celebration known as International Week. In recent years, over thirty countries' academies have participated.


Four-Year International Cadet Program

 A Four-Year International Cadet Program helps to insure a "global perspective" for the Cadet Wing. Public law provides for international cadets attending USAFA's four-year program. Since 1966, cadets from 46 countries have graduated from USAFA. Many have gone on to assume senior leadership positions in their countries' governments and militaries. The program advances long-term friendships between graduates and nations.   

Semester Exchange Program

 Since 1968, USAFA has conducted a French Exchange Program with the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence. Each fall semester eight USAFA cadets attend the French academy. They are totally integrated into the academic, military, athletic, and social life of the French academy. At the same time, eight French cadets attend USAFA. In addition to producing excellent linguists, the French Exchange Program has fostered strong bonds between the two Air Forces.
Allied Exchange Officers
Allied Exchange Officers, teaching in USAFA's academic programs and the Military Arts and Science, as well as instructing flight training, provide a continuous presence for the "internationalization" of USAFA's community.


U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 17 Apr 14
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