Think globally, study here.


With an impressive array of internationally-focused academic programs, more than two dozen world languages on offer and a thriving international community right on campus—not to mention deep relationships with some of the world’s leading international organizations—GW provides ample opportunities for global engagement and education.


More than 200 Study Abroad Programs
Top 10: Top 10 ranked programs in international affairs, international business, and international law
25: 25 world languages taught



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Study the World at GW

GW’s location in the heart of Washington, D.C., provides for unparalleled access to leading international institutions, multinational corporations, global media outlets, and the governments of 177 countries via their resident embassies. This is a singular advantage—no other university has as much potential for international engagement within footsteps of its doors. 

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The Power of Partnerships

GW’s relationships with major global institutions enhance our teaching and research in multifaceted ways.  Collaboration with our Foggy Bottom neighbor, the United States Institute of Peace, is just one example. 

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Global Connections Living & Learning Community

The Global Connections living and learning community on the Mount Vernon campus welcomes students who are passionate about exploring other cultures and sharing their own. This vibrant community will bring together domestic and international students to live with and learn from each other

Academic Highlights 



The GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development is one of three designated UNESCO Chairs in a U.S. school of education. The Chair, housed within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development,  supports research, outreach, teaching, and mentoring of educators working on education for global citizenship and social equity and inclusion.

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International Medicine Programs

The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides life-changing opportunities to build the capacity of other countries and share the latest advances in medicine and healthcare.

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International Business

GW's International Business program ranked #6 in the country in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report survey.  The program provides undergraduates with the conceptual framework needed to understand the international financial, political, and economic environment; how culture plays a role in guiding a firm’s strategic activities; and how a firm can leverage home and host country resources to overcome challenges inherent in managing a multinational enterprise. 


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International Law

GW's International Law program ranks among the top 10 in the United States. Because of its relationships with major legal institutions throughout Washington, DC, GW Law is able to draw on a distinguished corps of adjunct faculty—noted practitioners, government officials, and jurists—to teach in their areas of expertise. 


Life at GW 


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GW Career Services

GW Career Services offers resources specifically designed to help students find international internship and job opportunities.


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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.


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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 students enrich the GW community by contributing diverse perspectives and experiences both inside the classroom and out. It’s this kind of robust interaction and exchange that helps prepare all of our students for work and life in today’s globalized world."

Jennifer Donaghue
Director, International Studies Office

Learn About the International Student Experience


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Experience the World with GW

GW offers some of the most active, far-reaching study abroad programs to be found anywhere, providing opportunities for students to build on a global education that begins in Washington and spans the globe. 

Study Abroad with GW