International Business & Operations Policies

GW offers information to help travelers navigate the university’s regulations and U.S. laws that govern international business and research.

When participating in university activities overseas—including negotiating and entering into contracts with foreign entities; conducting research and attending conferences overseas; offering courses, training, goods or services overseas; and co-authoring or co-publishing scholarly articles or journals with faculty at foreign academic and research institutions—faculty, staff and students must be aware of GW policy related to compliance with applicable U.S. and host-country laws.

Compliance with U.S. Law When Conducting Universities Activities Overseas (PDF)

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)

Export Control Information

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)

Academic and administrative departments must consider various tax issues when making payments to international individuals and companies. Follow guidance from the GW Tax Department to ensure compliance with GW policy and U.S. law.

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

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

International Travel Insurance Information

GW's Data Security Abroad Guidelines (PDF) 


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)

International engagements can be complex. Resources are provided to ensure the appropriate GW offices and individuals are engaged at the onset to help analyze and structure the placement or assignment successfully.  These offices will examine applicable requirements under U.S. and host country laws and regulations, including, for example, the form of engagement (employment, independent contractor, third party hiring agency, etc).

International Hires & Placements Resources