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 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.
The Academy offers the following nine majors:
A. Civil Engineering
B. Cyber Systems
C. Electrical Engineering
F. Marine and Environmental Sciences
G. Mechanical Engineering
H. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
I. Operations Research
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.
An integral part of the USCGA 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.
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.
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.
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 Attache (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.
Requirements: Candidates for the Class of 2024 are required to meet the following requirements:
A. Age: Candidates must have reached their seventeenth but not their twenty-third birthday by 29 June 2020.
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.
(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 Attache (or other Embassy official) prior to the submission of the candidate’s application package to the USCGA point of contact. 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 candidates government sponsoring agency endorsement. Interviewers must provide detailed written comments regarding the candidates grasp of the English language and the applicants 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. Additional information about the selection process, physical fitness exam, and medical requirements can be found at https://www.uscga.edu/international-cadets/ https://www.uscga.edu/apply/
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 Attach (or other Embassy official) may be necessary to complete the application process.
Standardized Test Scores: Applicants that do not have standardized test scores included in their application will not be considered for appointment. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure standardized test scores are submitted with his/her application.
A. Students can register for the SAT here:
The USCGA code number for the SAT exam is 5807.
B. Students can register for the ACT here:
The USCGA code number for the ACT exam is 0600.
C. TOEFL: 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 https://www.ets.org/toefl
The USCGA code number for the TOEFL is 5807.
The cost of instruction at the USCGA 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.
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.
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 USCGA, the cadet may seek an extension in order to complete the requirements to graduate.
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, if paying it presents a barrier to a candidates participation in the program.
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.
All international cadets will be enrolled in TRICARE, the Department of Defenses 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.
Critical dates in the application process:
A. 01 Mar 20: Deadline for submission of completed candidate application packages to U.S. Embassy for submission to the USCGA.
B. 01 Apr 20: Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance
C. 01 May 20: Deadline to accept appointment offers
D. 01 May – 10 Jun 20: International cadets coordinate travel arrangements, visa paperwork, confirmation of entrance deposit with USCGA.
E. 22-23 Jun 20: International cadets report to USCGA for orientation
F. 29 Jun 20: Summer training program begins for Class of 2024
Point of Contact:
Political/Military Specialist, U.S. Embassy Kolonia