Short-term Abroad & Summer Programs

Short-term Abroad Courses

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 skills 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. Short-term abroad programs will enhance your understanding of varied perspectives on international, global and regional issues with firsthand observation and study, while allowing you to earn academic credit faster through an intensive and enriching academic and cultural experience.

Upcoming courses

Winter 2019-2020

Applications for this course have now closed.

Spring 2020

Applications for this course have now closed.

Summer 2020

 Applications for this course have now closed.



Summer Courses

  • On campus and online summer classes

Flexible Schedules and Smaller Classes

Courses are offered throughout the day, evening and online, which allows you to pair coursework with employment, internships or other activities. 

Earn Credit Faster!

Earn three credits in as little as three weeks!

Get on the Path to Graduation

Satisfy prerequisites and focus on challenging courses in order to make progress toward graduation.


The Summer 2020 Class schedule will be available in the week of December 15th, and summer registration will open in early March.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program

At the Elliott School’s U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program, participants from the United States and the world study the complex factors that shape U.S. foreign policy. Taking full advantage of its location in downtown Washington D.C, this two-week long intensive seminar program features lectures led by GW Faculty, leading scholars and experts from government offices, think tanks, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, and the media. In addition, students in the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program also participate in briefs and visit institutions that shape U.S. foreign policy, such as foreign embassies, the Pentagon, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, etc.

This upcoming summer, the Elliott School will host three U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program Sessions:

- Session 1 will run from Monday, June 8th 2020 to Friday, June 19th, 2020,

- Session 2 will run from Monday, June 29th, 2020 to Friday, July 10th, 2020,

- Session 3 will run from Monday, July 20th, 2020 to Friday, July 31st, 2020.

Classes take place from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for two weeks.


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If you have any questions about summer courses, Short-term Abroad programs, or the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program, please contact [email protected] or call 202 994 7232.