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Overseas Cadets

Armies and governments from over twenty different countries around the world send Officer Cadets to Sandhurst to train alongside the British cadets.
In order to improve their English before starting the Commissioning Course, some overseas cadets may first attend a language course at the Defence School of Languages for up to 13 weeks, but the moment they arrive at Sandhurst they are fully integrated into platoon life in every respect. Most of the platoons on the Commissioning Course have at least two or three overseas cadets.

Coping with differences of language and culture can be difficult and one recent innovation has been the introduction of Language and Academic Culture Fair classes in the three academic departments based in Faraday Hall. These ensure that the academic coursework is taught in the best possible way to meet the overseas cadets' needs.

The overseas cadets do everything the British cadets do and, in addition to language and cultural differences, they also have to adjust to British food and weather, so at the end of the course they are able to march up the steps of Old College at the Sovereign's Parade with a very special sense of achievement. A highlight of each parade is the awarding of the prestigious Overseas Sword to the top overseas cadet of the intake.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance from overseas is only possible by arrangement with the armed services of the country of residence. If you are from overseas but think you may be eligible to join the British Army, find out more about citizenship requirements using the link on the right hand side of this page.

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