The Academic Program consists of two parts: the summer preparatory portion, and the academic year coursework. Together they form a twelve-month intensive program.
Summer Academic Program
The goal of the Summer Academic Program is to get the Fellow and family settled so that he/she is able to concentrate on academics when school begins in August. The summer program begins in mid-June for NWC/ES and mid-July for CISA, and ends in mid-to-late August. The first few days are devoted mainly to in-processing and briefings to help the Fellow get settled in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. During these weeks of summer, there are several tours of the local area, as well as picnics and other social gatherings. Families are included in most of the orientation events. There are also overview briefings from many NDU organizations, as well as several days of computer training and Effective Writing in English classes.
During the summer program, Fellows attend an accredited writing and research course until mid-August (See link for English as a Second Language/Introduction to Graduate Writing and Research).
Academic Year Program
Academic classes begin mid-August. NWC and ES Fellows are assigned to a seminar that consists of U.S. military officers from all services as well as civilian students from various other government agencies, while CISA Fellows can expect several Americans as part of their cohort. Fellows participate in the full curriculum and are treated exactly the same as every other student at NDU. Fellows must arrive fully qualified in the English language, as the University does not provide remedial language support.
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