International Students at GW

Students come from around the world to take advantage of GW’s unparalleled resources. The result is a vibrant community, rich with educational opportunities in the classroom, around campus, and within the thriving global city of Washington, D.C.

The International Services Office supports international students throughout their GW experience, from acceptance to graduation, by providing specialized programs and advising services.

Visit the International Services Office

"I chose GW because of the outstanding faculty and variety of courses offered.  The opportunities available are multifold, and GW encourages international students to make optimal use of the resources they offer."

Rupa Kalahasthi
PsyD Candidate India

Rupa Kalahashti in front of cherry blossoms


Study at GW

Summer Programs

International Summer is an opportunity for visiting pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students to engage in coursework at GW as part of a dynamic international community.

Summer Programs

Undergraduate Education

Each year, students from more than 130 countries around the world pursue their educational goals in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant and important cities.

Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Education

GW offers more than 230 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs and interests of our students.

Graduate Admissions


Life at GW 


Muhammed Yunus

A Global Forum 

Dozens of world leaders come to campus each year, giving students an opportunity to connect with leaders from their home countries, as well as others from all over the world.


Diverse students at tables for an event on campus

The Multicultural Student Services Center

 The Multicultural Student Services Center reflects our dedication to building a welcoming, enriching, and inclusive environment at GW. It provides support for a variety of student communities on campus, sponsorship of cultural events, and diversity training and advising.


Student group dancing on stage

Student Organizations

With more than 450 registered student organizations—many with a particular international or cultural focus—there are ample opportunities for students to share interests and experiences.

International Student Opportunities

More than 160 students representing 35 countries participate in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences International Buddy Program, which connects international students with student mentors.

International Buddy Program

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' International Buddy Program pairs international graduate students with mentors, helping new students get acquainted with D.C. and the university.

Flyer: Speak with Confidence Workshops

Speak With Confidence Workshops

Join this workshop series designed to improve the oral academic English skills of GW international students who speak English as a second or additional language

GW Global Scholars


Fulbright Scholar speaking at Global Scholars Breakfast
Hakim Jan, a Fulbright Scholar from Afghanistan, discusses how international exchanges empower global citizens.

Each year, GW welcomes scores of international students who enroll in academic programs under the sponsorship of their home government, non-governmental organizations, or a private individual or entity. Also known as GW Global Scholars, these students represent many countries and engage in study in a variety of academic disciplines in undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs. 

GW Global Scholars contribute to the vibrant cultural and academic life of the university and are supported by a number of offices throughout GW.