Office of International Programs
Commercial: (719) 333-3452; DSN: 333-3453
In order to meet the Air Force’s increasing demand for officers with cross-cultural and foreign language skills, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) offers cadets the opportunity to participate in several international education programs ranging from one week to one semester. The Academy also broadens perspectives by bringing international students and officers to study and teach at USAFA.
The Office of International Programs (DFIP) manages international education programs offered to USAFA cadets, including Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program (CSLIP), Cadet Semester Exchange Abroad Program (CSEAP), Cadet Semester Study Abroad Program (CSSAP), and Foreign Academy Visit (FAV) Program, as well as the Cultural Immersion Program (CIP) supported by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation and USAFA’s Class of ’81 Endowment. Interested faculty and cadets should look for the call for applications, which is published each fall.
The Office of International Programs also oversees international semester exchange cadets studying at USAFA (approximately 25 per year) and four-year international cadets who attend from Basic Cadet Training through graduation (limited to 60), as well as international officers teaching at USAFA under the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).
Farewell ceremony for cadets from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological
University and Germany’s Offizierschule der Luftwaffe (Spring 2014)
USAFA Cadets on Chilean Academy Exchange –
ruck march in the Atacama Desert (Fall 2013)
Chinese Language Summer Immersion at the Great Wall (Summer 2013)
The Office of International Programs manages the following programs:
Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program (CSLIP)
Cadets rapidly improve foreign language skills while spending three or six
weeks studying at an accredited university or language school overseas.
Cadets generally spend half of each day in the classroom learning new
foreign language skills, and the rest of the day immersed in the culture,
practicing the language. In summer 2014 USAFA sent cadets abroad to study
language in China, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Panama,
Portugal, and Spain.
Cadet Semester Exchange Abroad Program (CSEAP)
CSEAP is a reciprocal exchange program between USAFA and foreign military
academies. Each year competitively-selected USAFA cadets study abroad for
one semester at academies in Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Japan,
Singapore, and Spain while USAFA hosts a similar number of cadets from these
foreign academies. Participation in this program greatly improves language
fluency, cultural understanding, and knowledge of allied armed forces.
Cadet Semester Study Abroad Program (CSSAP)
CSSAP offers opportunities for study at civilian universities abroad,
greatly increasing language fluency and cultural understanding. Through
CSSAP, competitively-selected cadets study for one semester at accredited
universities in Brazil, China, Georgia, Japan, Mexico, and Morocco.
Foreign Academy Visit (FAV) Program
Foreign Academy Visits are part of a reciprocal program that promotes bonds
of understanding between air forces. Each fall USAFA hosts the graduating
class from the Colombian Air Force Academy and also hosts International
Week, during which cadets from over 25 countries visit the Academy.
Countries that send delegations to these events typically host USAFA cadets
over the following spring break. In 2013 - 2014 USAFA cadets traveled to
academies in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Honduras, Italy,
Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey.
Cultural Immersion Program (CIP)
Through the Cultural Immersion Program cadets and their faculty mentors work
together to plan overseas travel from one to three weeks in duration.
Proposals include a reading group or special topics course taught in the
spring semester, in which cadets study the culture or plan a project related
to the country chosen for travel. This pre-travel preparation allows cadets
to build on classroom knowledge during their time overseas. CIPs are
generously supported by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, and more
recently USAFA's Class of '81 Endowment. In summer 2014 cadets and faculty
mentors studied in Cambodia, Germany, Israel, Poland, and Vietnam.
Four-Year International Cadet Program
The Four-Year International Cadet Program ensures a global perspective
within the Cadet Wing. Public law allows up to 60 international cadets to
attend USAFA from Basic Cadet Training through graduation. 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
Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP)
The Air Force has formal agreements with foreign countries to exchange
personnel in order to build, sustain, and expand international relations
that are critical enablers of our Air and Space Expeditionary Force. Air
Force Instruction 16-107 (Military Personnel Exchange Program) is the
governing directive for maintaining these exchanges. International officers
from France, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Spain currently serve on the faculty
teaching foreign language and culture courses, and other subjects depending
on the officer's expertise.