The U.S. Coast Guard serves as the model for Coast Guard Services around the world. Since 1971, international cadets have attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to receive technical education and professional training that enables them to provide leadership for the Coast Guard Service of their home nations.
To date, over 130 international cadets from 38 countries have graduated from the Coast Guard Academy; 22 International cadets are currently enrolled.
The Academy is a fully resident, military cadet campus. The undergraduate curriculum is heavily oriented toward math, science, and engineering, and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Professional training in subjects such as Leadership, Maritime Law, and Navigation are provided throughout the four-year program.
Formal courses are complemented by a variety of summer programs at Coast Guard units, both afloat and ashore. Cadets enjoy seagoing experiences aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's Tall Ship, and other operational Coast Guard cutters.
To be considered for admission, international cadet candidates must meet and/or consider the following requirements: