The Elliott School prepares nearly 3,000 students each year for meaningful careers in international affairs.

We develop the next generation of international leaders: leaders with knowledge, character and skills.

Our faculty conducts research, produces scholarship and contributes to the public debate on global issues to advance understanding and to help foster solutions.

We are located just steps from some of the most influential U.S, international and nongovernmental organizations in the world. Our singular position in the heart of the District of Columbia enriches our teaching and research by giving our students and faculty unparalleled opportunities to engage with the international leaders who walk through our doors on a regular basis.

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Our Mission

To educate the next generation of international leaders

To conduct research and produce scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues

To engage the public and the policy community in the United States and around the world, thereby fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions





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Alyssa Ayres, and alumni Amb. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Dana Bash and Jenna Segal  pose for a photo at the March 31 International Women of Elliott Event in Jack Morton Auditorium

Expert Panelists Discuss Women in Leadership

"Three distinguished GW alumnae returned to campus Thursday for a discussion of the future of women’s leadership hosted by the International Women of Elliott (I/WE) at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The trio of panelists emphasized the importance of serving as allies for other women..."

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, speaks at an Elliott School Book Launch Series event

A Week at Elliott

"Each semester the Elliott School hosts dozens of diverse events featuring distinguished speakers from all aspects of the international affairs community, all free to students and often open to the public and to the media..."

Dean Alyssa Ayres poses with 3 other GW deans and alumnae of GW.

GW Today: Women Leaders Discuss Career Paths with Students

"The symposium hosted by the George Washington University Women’s Leadership Program on the Mount Vernon campus Thursday evening convened just after federal appellate Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the United States Senate as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States..."