Sponsor Program - International Graduate Programs Office
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) designates US military officers attending NPS as sponsors for onboarding International Students. The International Graduate Programs Office, in coordination with the curriculum Program Officers, is responsible for the selection, briefing, and execution of the International Student Sponsor Program. The primary purpose of the International Student Sponsor Program, as stated by OPNAV INST 1740.3A, is to facilitate the adaptation of the newly assigned international officers and family members to their tour at NPS, life on the Monterey Peninsula and the United Stated in general. International students will arrive at the Monterey Airport with bags in hand, having traveled through numerous airports and across many time zones. They will have to deal with all the problems and anxieties associated with any PCS move. The sponsor’s goal is to make this as orderly a transition as possible. There are no special skills required – only a smile, a hospitable greeting, and lots of enthusiasm to assist them as they get accustomed to living in the United States. Lifelong friendships await!