Proud Culture of International Students

Being an international cadet at Army and Navy Academy is a life-changing experience — become your own person, expand your intellectual skills, develop into a leader, and become highly independent.

Approximately 30% of the Academy’s Corps of Cadets is international, with Cadets hailing from 13 countries and 13 different U.S. states. This makes Army and Navy Academy a microcosm of the world, where global studies take on real meaning.

Cadets learn about different cultures, traditions, customs, history, and politics through personal interactions, interactive classroom lessons, fun team-building activities, challenging leadership training, robust athletics, multicultural events, and extracurricular activities.

Our international students typically attend our boarding school in order to prepare for university, acquire life readiness, and improve their English language proficiency skills.

Our leadership training provides students with real world skills in time-management, leadership, innovation, and executive function skills. Equally important, it develops good character through our core values: honor, integrity, respect, responsibility, compassion, and gratitude.

The rigorous structured schedule at the Academy is challenging, yet balanced by intellectual, physical, and social activities. Waking up early, attending class, going to tutorial, and enjoying athletics all make for a motivating and challenging day. At the end of the day, cadets go to dinner, study, and prepare for the next day, which including uniform and dorm inspections.

International Cadets Are…

Non-U.S. citizens requiring the F-1 visa, as well as non-U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. with a Green Card or dependent.

International Cadets graduate with improved English skills, independence, and an understanding of the American way of life before going to college/university. Our international graduates matriculate to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world including: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, USC, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, MIT, Georgetown, Rutgers, Penn State, Boston College, Parsons School of Design, and many other prestigious universities

The Academy has a legacy of educating future leaders in the fields of business, hotel management, law, medicine, engineering, and the arts, with a rich history of many notable alumni.

~ Hyung K. (Parent)

Our son just graduated after spending 3 years at ANA. This school provided him with the tools and opportunities to get into an ivy league college. Our son gained confidence because he was given a chance both in school and as an athlete and was able to thrive in this environment. We are so thankful that we made the choice to send our son here!

Questions? Contact:

Victor Traycey
Associate Director of
Admission, International


How do I Apply for Admission?
The first step is to complete an Online Application.

A Skype interview is required for all applicants — call 760.547.5285 OR email Victor for questions.

After submitting the online application, you will be emailed detailed instructions for the additional required documentation, and how to schedule the Skype interview.

What are required TOEFL scores, GPA, and other Admission Criteria?

We are seeking international students with a very high commitment to attend ANA, strong academic records (3.0+ GPA preferred), and an appetite for leadership, sports, clubs, and character development.

First Priority is given to high school applicants who score in the TOEFL iBT range of 52-60 points, or SSAT range of 1800-2000 points. For middle school students (entering grades 7th and 8th), we prefer a TOEFL Junior score of 725-750, with some flexibility.

If an applicant does not meet the intermediate standard, we will recommend enrolling in an English Immersion Program prior to application. Please contact us to discuss.

A Skype interview is required for all applicants — call 760.547.5285 OR email Victor for questions.

What ESOL do you offer?

New international cadets participate in a 3-week ESOL Accelerator course in early August, geared to help them improve their English proficiency skills, as well as acclimate to our campus environment prior to the first day of classes.

All new international cadets are also required to participate in a full-year ESOL Class course during the school year, encompassing two semesters.

Students with an advanced command of the English language as evidenced by their TOEFL score and Skype interview will be exempt from this requirement.

We encourage all second-year cadets to select one of our ESOL elective classes to further their writing, grammar, comprehension, and college-preparatory skills.

What about weekends and over holiday periods?

During weekends, cadets enjoy a variety of activities, such as: surfing and beach activities; hiking; theme parks & museums; sports; shopping and movies; games; and our new aviation course.

Other activities include Model UN, Harvard Model Congress, Band, Athletic events, and a spring break trip every year (East Coast College Tours and Trips Abroad vary).

For all major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break), ALL cadets must go home or stay with their local contact.

What is the Move-in Date Policy?

International cadets must arrive ON their assigned registration/move-in date (not before or after) to avoid loss of academic credit. If that requirement is not met, their enrollment space could be given to another student and a $1,000 late fee will be assessed. This pertains to attendance throughout the year, including before and after holidays as well.

Closest airports and transit systems?

Army and Navy Academy is within a 35 minute drive of the San Diego International Airport, and the Carlsbad Village train station just a few blocks off campus.

John Wayne airport in Orange County is an hour north, and LAX is over 1.5 hours away, and subject to traffic delays. We recommend arranging transportation by train from these destinations.