Field Students Program On Hold for Academic Year 2020-21

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on travel, group gatherings and social distancing requirements, the AY 20-21 FSP schedule is on hold until further notice.

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Field Studies Program

The Field Studies Program (FSP) consists of a series of visits and single-day field trips designed to provide Naval Staff College (NSC) students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, press and other communication media, urban issues, education institutions, and more.

About the Program

This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Navy’s International Program Office, the Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training (JSCET) Manual and DoD Field Studies Program Guidance. It gives international officers a balanced understanding of the United States and an increased awareness of the basic issues of internationally -recognized human rights.

Travel includes exposure to American government institutions, judicial system, human rights, political processes, civil-military relations, role of the free press and communications media, diversity of American society and life, and free enterprise system and our free market system across the U.S.

Opportunities During the Program

Students will get the opportunity to meet civilian and military leaders to reinforce certain aspects of the U.S. Naval War College curriculum and relate management theory and principles to management practices in large military complexes and industrial corporations. These presentations and discussions with civilian and military managers help to increase your knowledge of the geography, economy, culture, and history of the United States.


Families are permitted on some FSP trips at your own expense. This will require you to plan transportation, meals, and activities during the official business day. We will make every effort to include families during appropriate events, more details about each trip will be made available during briefings in advance of our departure dates.

Program Schedule

During the academic year, students can expect to make four to six major trips, including the New England FSP. These trips are a formal part of the curriculum and will involve attendance at briefings and demonstrations that are part of the academic syllabus.

Please see FSP Schedule below for the most up to date information, but please keep in mind that the FSP schedule is subject to change.

2019-20 FSP Schedule

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