Other Services

Sponsor Program

  • View the Sponsor Program Guidelines page.
  • Sponsor Program Tri-fold
  • Sponsor Handbook
    • This handbook is intended to be a guide for new sponsors of International students and their families. We want to clarify the expectations and increase the chance for positive friendships.
  • Student Handbook
    • This handbook has been prepared for use by all international officers scheduled to attend the Naval Postgraduate School. Its purpose is to provide most of the answers to specific questions you will have upon arrival in Monterey.  View the handbook here.

Field Studies Program (FSP)

The Field Studies Program (FSP) is sponsored by the United States Government and is designed to familiarize international students with American society, institutions, history, and goals. It is funded from international tuition and includes numerous local and regional trips. Local events include the Monterey County Fair, the Salinas Air Show, and the Monterey Aquarium.  View more about the FSP here.

International Executive Committee

The International Executive Committee (IEC) is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of promoting good relationships between the U.S. and the international students and their families, assisting with adaptation to American life and supporting international students and their families when needed and where possible. All international students attending the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), their spouses and the sponsors of international students and their spouses are considered members of the NPS-IC.   Visit the IEC facebook page here.

Graduate Writing Center (GWC)

Writing academic papers can be especially daunting for students with English as a second (or third) language. To improve takes time and expert feedback, so come to the GWC for workshops and one-to-one coaching for your papers, thesis proposal, and chapters. Use our website to learn about topics such as how to cite and paraphrase, write literature reviews, improve grammar and punctuation, and much more. Contact us: writingcenter@nps.edu Visit us: http://nps.edu/web/gwc


General Information

  1. Location:  Monterey, CA is 2½ driving hours south of San Francisco; International Graduate Programs Office (IGPO) is located aboard NPS, Herrmann Hall, Bldg 220, Basement Floor, Room B-047.
  2. Student Arrival/Departure Info:  Preferred Airport - Monterey, California, which is located about 3 miles from NPS, is served by several flights daily from San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Students terminating their flights in either San Francisco or Los Angeles will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to Monterey.
  3. General Info: The IGPO will coordinate pickup of arriving students at Monterey Airport if we receive notification of ETA and carrier.  If unable, commercial taxi service is readily available from the airport to the school (5 minutes). Use Yellow Cab as they are the only company with gate access to NPS.  (831) 333-1234
  4. Transportation:  No military transportation is available; local public transportation is limited.  Recommend bring adequate funds to purchase used car.
  5. Messing: There is no full service military messing facility at NPS.  Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the El Prado Dining Room located in Herrmann Hall (co-located with the Transient BOQ facility).


“Sunny California” is not a true description of this part of the state.  Throughout the year, daytime temperatures vary.  The rainy season usually goes from December through March.  Average rainfall is approximately 20 inches; however summers are generally damp and foggy.  But even at night, winter temperatures rarely reach freezing.  With very rare exceptions, the days are never hot (over 65-70 F).  Nighttime temperatures range from about 40-60 F.  Annual mean temperature is 64 degrees Fahrenheit or + 8 degrees Celcius.


  • Men:  Uniforms are worn once a week (Tuesday), and for graduation.  It is recommended that you have at least one winter and one summer uniform.  The normal uniform of the day for class is casual business dress.  (Collared shirts and slacks)  Slacks, sports jackets, and sweaters are fine for practically any occasion.
  • Women:   Slacks and pantsuits are warm, comfortable and practical throughout the year.  Of course, bring clothing that is considered appropriate for an occasional dance or evening of entertainment.  A lightweight coat with a removable lining is very good for warmth throughout the year for both men and women.  
  • Children:   Shirts, undershirts and slacks (for boys); dresses, blouses, and slacks (for girls); and socks, sweaters, a coat with removable lining and a raincoat for both boys and girls.

All the clothes you may need can be purchased locally.

Native Costumes, if you have them, can be worn for International Day and other special occasions.