Each year, the Elliott School graduate programs are proud to enroll a diverse class of international and domestic students. We aim to assist all prospective students through the application process, recognizing that international students may have different challenges and concerns than their domestic counterparts. We hope the following resources are helpful as you complete your application. In addition to general application requirements, international students may need to provide supporting documents and test scores to be considered for admission.
English Language Minimum Scores Specific to the Elliott School of International Affairs graduate programs.
Academic IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE scores are required from all non-U.S. citizen applicants, including U.S. Permanent Residents, unless they meet an exemption indicated in the drop down tab below (English Language Test Exemptions). Official English Language Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) may not be more than 2 years old. We do not accept any other English Language Test scores.
Please send official TOEFL scores to institutional code 5246. An institutional code is not required to send IELTS or PTE scores to GW.
Please send official IELTS scores via post to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St. NW, Suite 301 Washington DC 20052
Prior to their first semester at GW, students are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. The EAP course that is required will be indicated in the student’s letter of admission. In the first EAP class meeting, students will be given the EAP Diagnostic Test in order to confirm their correct EAP placement. Students assigned EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete their degree programs.
Please refer to the table below for the minimum test scores required for admission consideration and/or EAP exemption:
Eligible for Admission &
7.0 Overall score
100 (Internet test)
Eligible for Admission &
7.0 Overall score
105 (Internet test)
**Spring Applicants must receive at least these scores to be considered for admission.
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required from all non-U.S. citizen applicants, including U.S. Permanent Residents, unless you meet the requirements of either column A OR column B. If you do not meet one of these exemptions, you will be required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exam along with your other application materials; no exceptions will be made.
|Column A||Column B|
|English Langauge exam waived based on citizenship.||English Langauge exam waived based on education.|
|If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you are not required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam.
If you hold a Bachelor's, Master's, or doctoral degree from one of the following countries or institutions, you are not required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam.
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
*Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.
|Bulgaria||American University in Bulgaria|
|Egypt||American University in Cairo|
|France||American University in Paris|
|Greece||American College of Thessaloniki
Decree College, The American College of Greece
Hellenic American University
|Hungary||Central European University|
|Italy||John Cabot University
American University of Rome
|Kenya||United States International University|
|Kyrgystan||American University of Central Asia|
|Lebanon||American University of Beirut
Lebanese American University
|Switzerland||Franklin College Switzerland
Gilion Institute of Higher Education
Les Roches School of Hotel Management
|United Arab Emirates||American University of Sharjah
American University in Dubai
Please follow the below links for more official information regarding each test.
When requesting an I-20 (for F-1 Visas) or DS-2019 (for J-1 Visas), applicants must submit a Visa Request Form (VRF) (pdf). The form must be signed with a handwritten signature of the applicant (and sponsor[s] if applicable.
International applicants currently in the US must also submit:
- A legible copy of your current Visa
- A legible copy of the front and back of your I-94
- Financial documents showing liquid funding for your program (see below)
- Biographical page of your passport (must not expire within one year from the start of your program)
If you are on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), include your employment authorization card and OPT forfeit letter
If you are in F-1 status at the time of application and plan to transfer your SEVIS number from a US institution, include a Transfer Verification Form
If you were in F-1 or J-1 status in the past, include copies of your previous I-20 or DS-2019 and accompanying I-94's
Note: The Elliott School is not permitted to send "soft" copies of an admitted students official I-20 via email. Only hard copies are available to an admitted student and sent upon completion.
When requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, applicants must submit Financial Support Documents showing proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational costs and living expenses for the full length of your program.
- Students who plan to have at least one sponsor or more must show proof of funding for the first year of their program.
- Students who plan to self-fund must show proof of funding for both years of their program.
Funding documents must:
- Be a bank statement in English or accompanied by an official English translation
- Indicate the specific amount and currency of the funds (USD is preferred but not required)
- Show funds in approved loans or cash only (i.e. checking or savings) and not subject to withdrawal restrictions*
- Show the bank's address and phone number, indicating the date the account was opened and the current account balance
- Show the full legal name of the applicant, as listed on their passport and application
- Have an issue date that is no more than 12 months from the time you plan to begin study.
*Funding in stocks and other long-term investments will not be accepted.
Refer to the table below for funding requirements for students starting in the fall 2018-19 academic year (in USD). Please keep in mind that funding requirements for students in the International Development Studies and Middle East Studies programs starting in a spring semester must show additional funding to account for the required fifth semester.
|Program||Tuition and Fees||Living Expenses, Books and Insurance||Total|
(1) Program cost reflects 18 credit hours, 9 per semester to maintain full-time status for an F-1/J-1 visa. Please note that 40 credits are required to complete the program.
(2) Program cost reflects all 19 credit hours.
(3) Program cost reflects all 27 credit hours.
(4) All tuition/fees/expenses/totals are subject to change by academic year. Fees include Student Association Fee, Matriculation Fee, Elliott School Fee, and International Student Fee.
If you have a disability and will require attendant care, you must certify the availability of additional funds to pay for this service. For more information, please contact Disability Support Services at [email protected] or +1-202-994-8250.
Early to mid-November
Spring admissions decisions released.
Students in or outside of the US must submit visa request documents.
January 7 - February 1
Applicants who submit an application by the deadline can expect to receive an admissions decision by mid-March. Turning in an application before the deadline will not result in receiving an admissions decision sooner than mid-March.
Fall admissions decisions released.
Students outside of the US who are required to take 2 EAP courses must submit visa request documents.
Students outside of the US who are exempt from EAP course(s), have met program prerequisites, and want to begin courses in the summer must submit visa request documents.
Students outside of the US who are required to take 1 EAP course must submit visa request documents.
Students outside of the US who are exempt from EAP course(s) and have met program prerequisites must submit visa request documents.
Students in the US who are transferring their visa/SEVIS number from a US institution to the Elliott School must submit visa request and transfer documents.
All documents must be sent to [email protected].