International Business & Operations Policies

When traveling abroad on behalf of or through GW, there are certain policies and regulations that you must be aware of. GW offers information to help travelers navigate the university’s regulations and U.S. laws that govern international business and research.

Export Control

GW complies with U.S. export control laws restricting certain types of information, technologies and commodities that can be transmitted overseas to entities and individuals. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to be aware of and comply with U.S. export control laws as well as with the university’s written instructions and procedures before engaging in any activities that may raise compliance issues under U.S. export control laws or this policy.

GW’s Export Control Policy (PDF)


Reimbursement Policy

For travel purposes, GW will incur or reimburse expenses that are actual and necessary for a university business purpose, are documented, approved and submitted properly, and are consistent with the university’s business objectives.

GW’s Reimbursement Policy (PDF)


Foreign Gifts and Contracts

GW personnel receiving gifts of any value from a foreign source promptly must report such gifts to the Office of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.

GW’s Foreign Gifts Policy (PDF)


Tax Issues

It is GW policy that payments made by the university to non-U.S. organizations and individuals be made in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, state and other applicable laws and guidelines. University departments, offices and employees must not make any financial commitments before the immigration and tax implications are understood.

Tax Issues Regarding Payments to
Non-U.S. Individuals and Organizations (PDF)

International Travel

There are many federal regulations that have an impact on travel outside the continental United States (OCONUS). GW's Procurement Office provides a wide range of resources are available to make traveling outside the United States more safe and uneventful and assist in avoiding health related issues.

International Travel Resources