Critical Regions of Study

Map of where students are studying around the world

NSEP supports students who are eager to study in and about areas of the world critical to U.S. national security and outside Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Destinations for NSEP award recipients include Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, etc. NSEP's focus on these critical and understudied world regions remains indispensable to the future American capacity to address major national security needs.

 

NSEP preferred countries

The following list represents regions and countries of interest to NSEP that are critical to U.S. national security.

East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands

Bangladesh Cambodia China India
Indonesia Japan Korea, South Malaysia
Nepal Pakistan Philippines Sri Lanka
Taiwan Thailand Timor-Leste Vietnam

Eastern Europe

Albania Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic
Georgia Hungary Kazakhstan Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan Macedonia Moldova Montenegro
Poland Romania Russia Serbia
Slovakia Slovenia Tajikistan Turkey
Ukraine Uzbekistan    

Latin America

Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia
Cuba El Salvador Guatemala Haiti
Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
Peru Venezuela    

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria Bahrain Israel Jordan
Kuwait Lebanon Morocco Oman
Qatar Saudi Arabia  Tunisia UAE
Yemen      

Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola Benin Cape Verde Congo, DRC
Congo, Rep. Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana
Kenya Mali Liberia Mozambique
Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone
South Africa Tanzania Uganda