6 Sep - 16 Nov 2017 / Course language: English

PASS is an intense 10-week resident course for junior and mid-level civilian government officials, military and security force service members and government academics who aspire to higher leadership positions and realize a network of trustworthy international partnerships are the foundation of success.

A five-week English Language Enhancement Course (ELEC) convenes prior to PASS for participants whose English Comprehension Level or American Language Course Placement Test scores fall between 60 and 79 percent.


During the 10-week course, students will work together to identify the most significant challenges to international peace and security; examine how to respond to current threats; understand U.S. and Germany security organizations and decision making; and increase national capacity through security strategy development and budgeting.

Course material will be presented in interactive lectures and reinforced in small seminar sessions.  A week-long field study trip to Berlin provides participants a close-up view of Germany’s government and defense institutions.

During the final week of the course, participants will use the concepts learned in a three-day, crisis management capstone exercise.

How to attend this course?

How to attend this course?

To ensure an effective seminar mix, we are looking for security professionals with 5-15 years of government service. They may be civilian government officials, government academics, or members of the security services. Military officers’ rank should be no higher than Major. Please consider candidates from, but not limited to, academia, law enforcement, and ministries of interior, foreign affairs, and defense. Our ideal class mix is 40/60 military to civilian and at least 30% female.

Mandatory English Language Skills

We accept participants with ECL scores above 80. Candidates with a score between 60 and 79 on the English Comprehension Level (ECL) test or the American Language Course Placement Test (ALCPT) might qualify for a 5-week intensive language enhancement course (ELEC) before the PASS. ELEC will help participants to improve their communicative competence, their presentation skills and specifically for PASS, their research and writing skills.


Participants can self-nominate themselves by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Self-nomination applications will be coordinated with the respective U.S. / German Embassy representative.

Cost of this course is $8133, which includes meals, lodging and Berlin Field Study trip.

Cost does not include travel to / from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Full course description here.


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