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Current Students

Elliott School students are service-oriented, civically-engaged, and internationally–minded. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, the Elliott School provides diverse learning experiences that prepare you to address global challenges and questions in ways that go beyond single disciplinary perspectives.

The Elliott School is leading the way in the training of ethics and practice to produce the next generation of leaders in international affairs. Through experiences in and outside of the classroom, you are trained and prepared to show employers not only what you know, but what you know how to do. 


"My career goal is to work for the UN or Department of State. Eventually, I hope to serve as an elected official. I chose the Elliott School because, after visiting several schools in the area, I felt this was where I fit in."

Camisha Johnson

MAIA Student
International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution 


Student Advising Services

While students are responsible for determining their schedule and meeting all degree requirements, an Academic Advisor can help you with:

  • Learn and understand your degree requirements

  • Navigate course options, programs and other learning opportunities

  • Plan for a study abroad experience

  • Monitor your progress towards graduation

  • Utilize other campus resources

  • Successfully complete your degree


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photo: Taking place in Kenya, GW student Francesca Diggs stands in the middle of a group of over 50 children in front of a school bus. The children, who are waving and smiling with excitement, are wearing vibrant green and red traditional uniforms. Behind them is the serene, vast landscape of Kenya



International Internship Grant: A Reflection by Elliott School Student Francesca Diggs

Since 2012, Children Peace Initiative has been working with remote communities in northwestern Kenya to resolve conflict between feuding pastoralist tribes by engaging their children in peacebuilding programs that depend upon inter-ethnic friendships. Through this fellowship, I have been able to travel to these villages and interview beneficiaries to monitor and evaluate impact. The stories I've heard from children and their families reflect that CPI's peacebuilding model has not only developed enduring friendships, but has completely transformed these communities so that they depend on each other to share resources, services and markets. I am gaining invaluable experience working on the ground with stakeholders and hearing their stories.

Elliott School Affiliated Student Organizations and Groups

For undergraduate students.

Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity was founded in 1920 in Washington, D.C. We strive to provide a professional atmosphere in which our members can form friendships over a mutual interest in International Affairs and help advance each others' professional goals.

Email the Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

For undergraduate students.

Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority is a community of women with different backgrounds, interests and goals. Through professional development and personal growth, our sisterhood promotes participation and leadership of women in Foreign Service.

Email the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

For undergraduate students.

Peer Advisors work with first-year students while they are enrolled in IAFF 1001: First-Year Experience. Peer advisors attend class, hold weekly office hours, and provide community building programs.

Email Paul Wagner

For graduate students.

The Graduate Student Forum (GSF) is a student organization for all Elliott School graduate students. The mission of GSF is to foster a strong sense of community among graduate students in the Elliott School and to represent them at the university level. GSF accomplishes this by providing Elliott School graduate students with activities to expand their academic, professional, and social networks and encouraging involvement in the wider DC community.

Email the Graduate Student Forum.

For graduate students.

IAR is a graduate student-run publication of The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., devoted to providing a forum for graduate student publication in international affairs and related fields, and graduate student training in academic writing and editing, via the twin outlets of a twice-yearly academic journal and a constantly updated news and op-ed website.

Email the International Affairs Review.

For undergraduate students.

Founded in 1993, the International Affairs Society (IAS) is the largest non-partisan student organization on campus. We are dedicated to promoting a better understanding of international affairs as they concern the students of GWU. The IAS is largely composed of international affairs, political science, economics, and business majors but also has members from across GW's various schools with varying interests. Our student body spans from all corners of the globe as we embrace a truly international perspective.

Email the International Affairs Society.

For undergraduate and graduate students.

[email protected] is a professional, research, and social forum dedicated to bringing together students, who share a broadly defined interest in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to promoting awareness and knowledge of the region’s trials, contributions, and diversity. We advocate for solidarity among all Latin American-focused student organizations, by strengthening student connections to the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies academic program and providing an intellectual forum for open dialogue about Latin America-related topics at The George Washington University.

For undergraduate and graduate students.

No Lost Generation GW is a student group tasked by the United States Department of State to support those affected by the ongoing refugee crisis and ensure that this generation of displaced refugees is not lost. Our current objectives include raising awareness, fundraising, raising in-kind donations, volunteering and creating educational resources for refugees. NLG-GW's main issue areas are refugee education and well-being of young refugees, however, it also engages with programming that supports refugee communities broadly. 

Email No Lost Generation GW.

For graduate students.

The Organization of Asian Studies aims to perpetuate the Elliott School of International Affairs’ tradition of creating professional networks by connecting young professionals interested in Asia, sharing cultural experiences, and expanding the academic experience by bridging the gap between classroom and the DC policy community. By organizing a graduate student run forum to facilitate academic and professional interaction, OAS looks to increase awareness of the issues affecting the various countries of Asia, highlight interesting and important subject matter not often covered in classes, and promote an understanding of these issues from a global perspective.

Email the Organization of Asian Studies.

For graduate students.

Since its founding in 1992, the Organization of International Development (OID) has been the leading student group examining and promoting the theory and practice of international development at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. We are a student group dedicated to examining and promoting the theory and practice of international development at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

Email the Organization of International Development.

For undergraduate students.

The purpose of Sigma Iota Rho shall be to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs. This organization was started to honor those students who have shown exemplary work and dedication to the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Email Sigma Iota Rho

For undergraduate and graduate students.

Strategic Crisis Simulations (SCS) is a student organization focused on educating young professionals about U.S. national security, and foreign policy through interactive exercises and experiential learning.

Email the Strategic Crisis Simulations organization.

For undergraduate students.

The mission of the George Washington University Student Branch of the Women in International Security DC Chapter (WIIS-GWU) is to introduce students to the fields of foreign and defense policies through academic, networking, and social events.

Email the Women in International Security DC Chapter

For undergraduate and graduate students.

Founded in 2020, The George Washington University Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA) is dedicated to enhancing, promoting, and increasing African and African diaspora (African-American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean) participation, conversation, and perspective in both the Elliott School of International Affairs and the field of international affairs overall. YBPIA has a goal of affirming, valuing, and amplifying the voices and concerns of black students in the Elliott School of International Affairs on and off campus, as well as, strengthening and encouraging one another in what can be an alienating field. This organization aims to provide a supportive, enriching environment for fostering intellectual community and facilitating the development of both African and African Diaspora studies and thought.

Email: [email protected]


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