What is the USNSCC's International Exchange Program?

Our mission is to provide specialized education, training, and the opportunity to travel abroad for qualified U.S. Naval Sea Cadets who have an interest in learning about the cultural differences and nautical traditions that strengthen us as a global community.

Are there Sea Cadet programs in other countries?

The Sea Cadet program is not unique to the United States. Many maritime countries have similar programs for their youth and there is a growing interest in the worldwide sea cadet movement. The United States, Canada, and Bermuda have been conducting a Sea Cadet exchange since the early 1970s. In addition, the United States has conducted exchanges with Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Sweden, Netherlands, India, United Kingdom, Russia and Australia. Learn more about the International Sea Cadet Association at www.iscaworld.com.

I want to get involved, but want to stay in the United States. Is there anything I can do?

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps also conducts an exchange in the United States for visiting cadets from many nations in Newport, Rhode Island. Every summer, U.S. Sea Cadets serve as staff cadets and help us show our visitors a good time!

All of this sounds very expensive. How is it funded?

The IEP is fully operational due to federal funding. Presently, cadets participate in exchange programs with little expense - just a few hundred dollars. This funding also covers the administrative/operating expenses that the IEP requires. 

I want to go overseas, but I'm nervous I won't understand the culture and won't fit in.

Since cadets need to be prepared for their adventure abroad, research papers are written on the destination country to better acclimate the cadet to life in the foreign country. Customs, traditions, courtesies, and history will be some of the topics discovered. Cadets need to be prepared to deal with the spectrum of new experiences that they will encounter and react in a positive way.

I'm a Sea Cadet officer and want to get involved. What can I do?

USNSCC volunteers are always needed to help with the many tasks ahead. Please let us know if you are interested in assisting us. An International Officer Leadership Academy has been developed and is mandatory for all officers and instructors. All cadets and officers are required to get travel insurance at their own expense as directed by our Travel Manager. Cost is minimal and is usually under $70 for cadets and $110 for officers. Details will be discussed if selected.

If you are interested in learning more about the IEP or would like to help, please complete the Contact Form on the Staff/Contact page to contact LCDR Michael Campbell, NSCC, the Program Director. Remember, the experience of traveling abroad should be experienced by all cadets that are willing to invest in themselves.

International Exchange Program

Our program operates under strict guidelines to ensure a positive experience for our participants. This manual will help you determine if the program is right for you; guide you through the application process; assist with the planning stages of the program if you have been accepted; give you help in completing your job as ambassadors of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and the United States; and help you with what to do after the trip is complete.

Policy on International Contact and Exchange Programs

The NSCC has a program in place through the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA) for formally exchanging Sea Cadets with other member countries. These exchanges, adminstered by the IEP, are the only international exchange programs officially santioned by NHQ.

Our Inbound Exchange

The U.S. Exchange is a two week program that normally begins at the end of June. It includes the US Independence Day Holiday on July 4th, a time of national celebration. The exchange is hosted at the US Naval Station at Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is the Navy's premier site for training officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted personnel and midshipmen candidates, as well as conducting advanced undersea warfare and development systems. Exchange participants can look forward to training in a variety of shipboard skills such as navigation and damage control, as well as physical fitness, team-building, and other activities.

International Exchange Program Ribbon Award

Awarded to an NSCC Cadet, Officer, Midshipman, or Instructor who completes an International Sea Cadet Association sponsored International Exchange Program (IEP) Training with selection based upon IEP Director-managed selection committee action. This ribbon recognizes outstanding scholarship, contribution to the NSCC, exemplary citizenship attributes and proved dedication as a youth ambassador for the United States of America. Affixing a bronze star indicates second and each subsequent award. The Director, IEP, authorizes the ribbon at the completion of the training. Ribbons may be ordered by contacting the Director IEP.  Ribbons may only be ordered for approved IEP personnel. Exchanges that are locally arranged or by NHQ that are not IEP selection-based are not eligible for the IEP Ribbon.  Those cadets and officers that staff the USA Exchange are awarded the IEP ribbon upon completion.  Additional ribbon awards for instructors or officers serving as SEOs are not given since the IEP ribbon denotes distinguished service.


Other Issues

I need a passport.

Yes, you do. Visit the State Department's website to start the application process. https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

I need a currency converter.

As you plan your trip, a currency converter will be helpful.

I need trip insurance.

Yes, you do. Additional Travel Insurance will be quoted by the IEP Travel Manager. Participants must purchase the policy which should be less than $80 for cadets and slightly more for officers/instructors. Cost is based on age, destination and length of stay.  Participants must agree to reimburse the NSCC for the cost of airfare for covered cancellations, but retain all the benefits of additional medical, dental, and emergency travel costs. The NSCC insurance purchased at enrollment/re-enrollment will be secondary to this policy.

I want to learn more about the IEP from cadets who have done it.

Check out our blog here.

Take time to read an issue of In Focus that highlights the experiences of our cadets during the summer of 2015.