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A Message from Colonel Ryan Craycraft, USA-AF
Dean of Academics

In response to the COVID pandemic, the NSO has placed greater emphasis on Distributed Learning to deliver the academic output which underpins Alliance individual Operational-level training. I encourage you to "attend" the following classes:

  • M5-32 NATO Staff Officer Course
    This course provides foundational knowledge on NATO structure, policies, operations, and current issues affecting the Alliance for officers and civilians from NATO and Partner countries. Participants in this course have the opportunity to discuss issues with fellow Allies and partners, to network, and to build professional relationships which will continue well after the course. The course, consisting of three modules, is delivered asynchronously over a three-week period during which students can complete the assignments at their own pace. Course mentors will facilitate online discussions and provide feedback on questions and assignments. (read more about the COSEC Department...)
  • N2-02 NATO Intelligence (ADL) course
    This course gives students a core knowledge of NATO Intelligence. The four-week modular course is delivered via NATO’s Learning Management System (LMS), and includes self-paced learning with pre-recorded lectures, readings, syndicate exercises and online synchronous sessions. Course mentors provide feedback and the course concludes with a multiple choice exam. (read more about the INTEL Department...)
  • M2-00 Intelligence Support to Irregular Warfare (ISIW) course
    This course teaches students to adapt current analytical methodologies designed for conventional warfare to address the challenge of providing intelligence support to irregular warfare. The course, consisting of six modules, is delivered asynchronously over a three-week period during which students can complete the assignments at their own pace. Course mentors will facilitate online discussions and provide feedback on questions and assignments. (read more about the INTEL Department...)
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Resident Courses and Distributed Learning

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self-paced online courses

Prospective Students

If you are interested in attending a course at the NSO or via Distributed Learning, please use the Points of Contact page.

For more course administrative information please review the page Student Information.

For detailed information about transportation please review the page Transportation.

Course Tuition

Tuition fee for courses is EUR 550.00 per student week. Ten week courses are EUR 3,500.00 for the complete course.

Payment Options are:

  • Prepayment on a Quarterly basis
  • Online Payment – link is provided with the Confirmation Message, payment is due at least one week prior course start
  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) – due at least one week prior course start
  • Cash or credit card payment during course attendance

Following credit cards are accepted:

  • Visa Card
  • Master Card
  • American Express Card

Nations/Headquarters may prepay on a quarterly basis for all allocations that end in a quarter. This method can be arranged through direct co-ordination with the NSO Budget & Finance Office.

A receipt for the amount of the tuition fee will be provided for Students paying on site only.

Information for Nation POCs

Timetable of course bidding process

February Course calendar for the following year finalised and course bidding letter sent to POC
1 June All course bids to be with the NSO
Mid June Primary Allocation Working Group (PAWG) held at the NSO to review bids and allocate seats
September Primary allocation notified to POC

Prioritisation of bid for oversubscribed courses

1 When the course is requested to support a NATO operation.
2 NRF: When the course is requested to support the NRF rotation cycle.
3 Job description: To fulfill the requirements for a NATO post.
4 Routine: Desired for professional development.

NATO priority allocation system used.

Additional seats requests

A Once primary allocations are notified POC may request additional seats or return any unwanted seats.
B When courses are full, seats will be added to a waiting list and reallocated to agencies as per NATO priorities (1-4) if/when seats are returned.
C Seat requests will not be accepted unless a valid finance agreement has been submitted.

To allocate courses, please review the Bid and Allocation Procedures as part of the  ACT DIR 75-1 of 22 Jun 2016.


NSO eLearning Platform

Link:  NSO eLearning Platform

The NSO eLearning Platform is the NSO’s Learning Management System (LMS). It facilitates information exchange between course directors, instructors, course administrators, course participants, subject matter experts and researchers. Students can seek out information and question instructors and colleagues, learning from others' efforts to do the same. These communities of interest live on after the course and students can continue to access updated information long after they have left the NSO.

Students selected for NSO resident or Distributed Learning courses via the allocation process will receive NSO eLearning Platform registration instruction sent to their official email address.