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Our emphasis on language acquisition combined with a curriculum at the intersection of theory and practice provides U.S. military officers with the ideal training for the next phase of their career.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies has a longstanding relationship with the various branches of the U.S. military. We are proud to expand this relationship to include the Foreign Area Officer program.

Our Foreign Area Officer Program

We have developed two options for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) who are approved for either a one-year (12-month) or one-and-a-half-year (18-month, no thesis) program. You will gain critical functional skills in human security, development, trade, or international security while focusing on your region of expertise through independent directed study.

At the time of admission, Foreign Area Officers will be offered a customized degree program in either:

Funding for Foreign Area Officers

We will ensure that tuition costs will be covered for all applicants awarded medium- and high-cost slots within the FAO program. Most low-cost students will also be able to be funded, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Requirements

All FAOs who have satisfactorily completed and achieved the following will be eligible:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Captain’s Career Course
  • Second language proficiency

Applying for the Foreign Area Officer Program

Application Deadlines

The FAO program is a competitive award with a limited number of positions available. We accept applications on a rolling admissions cycle. The 12-month program is available only for fall admission. The 18-month program is available for both spring and fall admission.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the FAO program, there are two application requirements in addition to the application requirements for your master's program:

  • In a career objectives essay, you must do the following:
    • Describe your professional goals and how our FAO program will help you achieve those goals.
    • Indicate the amount of time that you have been approved to complete this course (i.e., 12 months or 18 months). If 18 months, please confirm that the thesis is not required.
    • Specify your funding level (e.g., low or medium cost).
  • You must submit evidence of the Captain’s Career Course.

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available to FAOs.


Please contact us for more information.