International Applicants

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:

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

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.

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:
 

 

IELTS

TOEFL

PTE

Eligible for Admission &
Requires EAP Course(s)

7.0 Overall score
No band score below 6.0

100 (Internet test)
600 (Paper test)

68

Eligible for Admission &
Exempt from EAP Course(s)**

7.0 Overall score
No band score below 6.5

105 (Internet test)
650 (Paper test)

72

**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, 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. 

Citizenship Countries

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Cameroon*
Canada*
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Micronesia
Montserrat
Namibia
New Zealand
Nigeria
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Kingdom
Zimbabwe

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Cameroon*
Canada*
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Micronesia
Montserrat
Namibia
New Zealand
Nigeria
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States
Zimbabwe

*Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Institutions

Bermuda

Bermuda College
Bulgaria American University in Bulgaria
Canada Athabasca University
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
Zayed University

 

Related Content

Please follow the below links for more official information regarding each test.

Request a Visa

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 'Financial Documents' tab)
  • 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.

For the 2018-19 academic year, international F-1/J-1 Visa applicants needed to show the following in liquid funds (in USD):

 

Program Tuition and Fees Living Expenses, Books and Insurance Total
1. M.A. $34,849.00 $24,000.00 $58,849.00
2. M.I.S. $36,677.00 $24,000.00 $60,677.00
3. M.I.P.P. $52,201.00 $24,000.00 $76,201.00

 

(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.

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.

Mid-March

Fall admissions decisions released.

Late March

Students outside of the US who are required to take 2 EAP courses must submit visa request documents.

Early April

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.

Early May

Students outside of the US who are required to take 1 EAP course must submit visa request documents.

Early June

Students outside of the US who are exempt from EAP course(s) and have met program prerequisites must submit visa request documents.

Mid-Late July

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].

 

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