Graduate Global Experiential Learning

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To excel in your future career, you must possess not only a deep understanding of global and regional issues but also the ability to communicate, negotiate and lead in a cross-cultural environment. These important characteristics are learned through the combination of academic, professional, and cultural experiences both at home and abroad.

The Elliott School encourages you to gain those experiences by adding a truly international component to your studies. A study abroad experience will enhance your understanding of varied perspectives on international, global, and regional issues with firsthand observation and study.

For additional information on study abroad opportunities for Elliott School graduate students, please contact Graduate Student Services.

Please be aware that Elliott School-sponsored graduate exchange programs are only open to Elliott School graduate students.

Short-term abroad programs

Study abroad exchange partners

Transferring credit from abroad


Prospective Students

Prospective students are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Completed at least one semester on campus prior to the start of the program

  • Good academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA or higher)

Note: Students completing their first semester who desire to study abroad during the following semester must also meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement by the end of the first semester.


Travel Information

Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate student visas for study abroad. Guidance will be provided by the host institution. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs compiles information on travel abroad, public announcements, and warnings. Please review the information about your destination and for any worldwide travel announcements.

All GW students who travel abroad for academic purposes are required to comply with the GW International Travel Approval Policy. Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office.


Internships Abroad

The Elliott School encourages its students to have professional development experiences abroad. The Elliott School's Graduate Student Services (GSS) office offers grants each semester to support students in low-paid or unpaid internships abroad. More information on these grants is available from GSS or Handshake.

Some students find that it is challenging to balance the academic demands of the exchange program with the responsibilities of an internship. Students should carefully consider how to best manage these interests. Exchange partners do not generally have internship resources for visiting students.

Contact GSS

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm

1957 E Street NW, Suite 603

Washington, DC 20052

(202) 994-3788

[email protected]

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