Study Abroad

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In addition to the myriad of opportunities to engage the world while at GW, we offer a robust array of study abroad opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Office for Study Abroad


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Camille Kidd

Class of 2017
Political Science

"My experience at the University of Cape Town changed how I viewed my political science major and what I can do with it.  Through my program, I was pushed to question ideas that I had only ever seen through an American lens and I feel like that has made me a more engaged citizen and student."


Ways to Study Abroad 

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Semester or Longer

The Office for Study Abroad provides more than 300 approved programs in more than 60 countries for undergraduate students who want to go abroad for a semester or academic year.

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Global Bachelor's Program

The GW Global Bachelor’s Program gives students valuable international experience through multiple semesters abroad as part of their GW studies.

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Graduate Programs

Most graduate-level study abroad programs are managed by the graduate schools. Graduate students interested in studying abroad should contact their graduate school to learn more about available study abroad opportunities within their school.

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Short-Term Programs

The Office for Study Abroad offers Short-Term Abroad Programs during the fall, winter, spring and summer.

GW undergraduate students can also choose from Non-GW Summer programs. Graduate students looking to study abroad in the summer on a non-GW program should contact their school or department for instructions and further guidelines.

Some schools may offer additional short-term study abroad opportunities as part of specific courses or majors. Students should consult with their school for additional information.

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Other Ways to Travel

Many students travel abroad for a fellowship, internship, independent research (e.g., capstone or thesis), competition, or other type of activity related to their GW experience. For programs that fall outside of the Office for Study Abroad, students should consult with their advisor for additional information. Students are required to complete the International Travel Approval Process if GW has no pre-existing application for the program of interest.