Community Sponsorship Program

The International Student Management Office (ISMO) manages a sponsor program designed to offer support and assistance to International Fellows (IFs) studying at the National Defense University (NDU). These officers are either attending the National War College (NWC), the Eisenhower School (ES), the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), or the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) in Washington, D.C., or the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Sponsors have the opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship with an International Fellow in such a way that both parties benefit from this unique international interaction. Being a sponsor can be a very rich and rewarding experience and the relationship that you develop with your Fellow can last a lifetime.

A sponsor can provide valuable community and support to International Fellows and their families as they transition to a new country and spend a year at NDU. To learn more about the Sponsorship Program, you can explore the following links to see what exactly a sponsor does, and what we expect from all of our sponsors. If you already know all about the program, and are looking to sign up, skip to the Apply Now link!

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This program has proven to be of great benefit for the Fellows and families to experience the American culture and has led to lasting relationships. If you are ready for a new and interesting experience this year, do not miss this opportunity! Training and materials for new sponsors will be provided by ISMO.

Please contact Ms. Laura Garvie at (202) 685-0594, or via e-mail at if you have any questions.

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