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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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  • 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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The Elliott School is a place where learning and leadership come together in practice. The mission is simple, building leaders for the world.

Reuben E. Brigety II, Amb (Ret.)



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Photo Contest Gallery 2020:  From Pandemic to Protest

"From Pandemic to Protest Each year, we ask our students to submit their best photography from their time studying and working abroad throughout the previous semesters. Seeing the world through their eyes (or lenses) brings us all closer as a community with shared..."

Hannah Jackson, president of YBPIA

Young Black Professionals in International Affairs

"Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA) is a new and promising student organization committed to enhancing African and African diaspora perspectives, conversation, participation, and scholarship in the field of international relations through..."

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International Women of Elliott

"The Elliott School this fall will launch a new leadership group exclusively for women. The GW International Women of Elliott (I/WE) is designed to raise the global visibility and connectivity of female leaders in the Elliott community. I/WE’s mission is to..."

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