Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion
The Olmsted Foundation’s commitment to education goes beyond young military officers, the Olmsted Foundation’s Undergraduate Program also offers Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion opportunities to Cadets, Midshipmen and Title 10 students.
Like the Olmsted Scholar Program, this highly sought-after opportunity gives many future military officers their first overseas experience. These trips, typically 1-3 weeks in length, are assigned in a non-English speaking country with exposure to a national perspective and a focus on the role of US policy in that region.
The awarding of travel funds, itinerary approval and program execution takes place through the specific staff and program office at participating schools, not The Olmsted Foundation. The Foundation does encourage joint trips between different branches of service, although that is at the discretion of each institution.
Currently, the following schools participate in the Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion Program:
- US Military Academy
- US Naval Academy
- US Air Force Academy
- Norwich University
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia Tech
- University of North Georgia
Points of Contact
For more information on how to apply, please contact the appropriate point of contact listed below:
Military Academy Conferences
Each of the three Military Academy International Conferences and Symposia supported by the Olmsted Foundation offer cadets, midshipmen and civilian counterparts robust discussions and presentations with experts and presenters on a wide range of topics especially within foreign and national affairs.
The Foundation financially supports the following Military Academy International Conferences and Symposia:
- Academy Assembly, US Air Force Academy
- Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC), US Naval Academy
- Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA), US Military Academy
In addition to its financial support, the Olmsted Foundation informs conference organizers of Scholars with related expertise for the theme of each conference for potential participation.
Academy Assembly (Air Force Academy)
The Air Force Academy’s Academy Assembly is held each February at the Academy campus in Colorado Springs.
The Assembly is centered around 10-member student roundtable discussions led by experts on an annual theme. Attendees also attend a keynote address and presentations from roundtable experts in their area of experience. Academy participants have multiple opportunities to hear and learn from a diverse group of today’s national policy experts including scholars, senior government executives, theorists and practitioners.
Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)
The Naval Academy hosts its Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference every April in Annapolis.
The conference brings together the nation’s future Navy and Marine Corps officers with peers from colleges and universities, both civilian and military, from across the country and around the world. NAFAC delegates are given the opportunity to engage in discussions, listen to renowned experts on conference issues, share their own personal views on world events, and learn more about the US Naval Academy and the US Naval Service. Past conferences have focused on Africa, the Middle East, Terrorism and the Role of Technology in International Relations.
Former NAFAC speakers have included: President George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, General Wesley Clark, Vice President Joseph Biden and Henry Kissinger.
Student Conference On United States Affairs (SCUSA) (West Point)
West Point's Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA) takes place every November at the US Military Academy.
The SCUSA is a four-day conference focused on interaction and discussion between student delegates to better understand the intricacies and challenges faced by the United States in today’s global society. West Point believes the Student Conference cultivates mutual understanding among potential civilian and military leaders, making a significant contribution toward the future security of the United States.
Today, the SCUSA hosts over 200 students from 125 schools across the US and Canada, 14 delegates from foreign military schools, 33 Fulbright Scholars, and 80 West Point Cadets.