Graduate Global Experiential Learning

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.

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 (PDF). Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office.

Funding Graduate Study Abroad

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.

Scholarships

Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative
Bright!Tax, a leading online tax preparation service for American citizens in over 150 countries, is proud to support students who are U.S. citizens worldwide. The Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative provides supplemental funds for American students who are already or will be studying abroad under the auspices of an accredited academic institution. Scholarships are available for full-semester programs. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic and extracurricular achievement, community involvement, future ambitions, financial needs, and at the discretion of the Bright!Tax Awards Committee.

Explore the World Travel Scholarships (on pause)
Hostelling International USA thinks travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why they created the Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip which includes an educational or service component. Please note that these scholarships are currently on pause due to the pandemic. 

Rotary Club Scholarships
The Rotary Club operates one of the largest and longest-run private study abroad funding programs offering up to $25,000 in scholarships to fund one year of academic study, room and board, and other associated expenses. Students are named Cultural Ambassadors and are expected to give presentations both on their home culture while abroad and on the culture of their study abroad destination upon returning home. Scholarships are given through local branches.

Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
The Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning.