The NSOU provides a physical and virtual common space where the entire NATO SOF community can assemble and create lasting relationships throughout the Alliance. The university endeavours to provide the right training to the right people at the right time. For the school to remain current and relevant, the NSOU employs a wide variety of teaching methods with diverse instructor backgrounds. The university has been a crossroads for over 15,000 NATO SOF professionals throughout its history and strives to continue supporting the community for decades to follow.
The NSOU delivers and hosts courses from various domains, including Operations (NRF preparation), Intelligence and Technical exploitation, Air development, and Maritime development. Although the Human Performance and Medical programmes are not NSOU curricula, they are coordinated/hosted by NSOU and provided to the NATO SOF community by the University College Cork (Ireland).
To register for a class, first you must locate the desired event in the catalog.
On the main SOFCOM portal, click on the TRAINING link to view a catalog of all training events. In the event catalog, there are filters available under Course Finder on the right-hand side of the page. These filters allow you to sort the courses by type and keywords.
Next, click on the blue Read More or green Register button in the event description. In the Course Iterations section of the course details page, choose the appropriate iteration and click the green Register button. If your registration is successful, the green Register button changes to indicate Applied, and a request is sent to the designated NTM to begin the approval process.
NATO Special Operations University (NSOU) is the leader in delivering world-class education and training to NATO SOF. NSOU courses provide timely and relevant instruction that are pivotal for enhancing the capabilities, interoperability, and effectiveness of Alliance and Partner nation’s SOF. The NSOU webpage is your access point for the delivery of NSOU services.
Mission Provide World-Class Learning
The NATO Special Operations University, as the leader for NATO Special Operations Force education and individual training, provides relevant, world-class curricula to enhance the capabilities, interoperability, and effectiveness of the SOF community throughout the Alliance and across Partner Nations.
Vision Innovative Educational Strategies
NSOU will continue to provide a global SOF network by building a collaborative community of practice among NSOU students and alumni, cultivating a lifelong learning ethos, developing academic credentials pathways, and meeting the evolving SOF challenges of the 21st century. As this collaborative community grows and through the delivery of a credible, adaptable, and relevant curriculum, NSOU’s vision of becoming the NATO Special Operations University will be realised.
Goals A Distinguished Educational and Training Facility
NSOU strives to remain a distinguished education and training facility (ETF) as validated by its accreditors, recognised by students for its outstanding academic and occupational curriculum, and respected among its peer educational institutions. NSOU aspires to develop college/university partnerships for credit equivalency and to create degree pathways for students completing NSOU courses and programmes in pursuit of the NATO Special Operations University (NSOU) designation by 2023.