Short-term Abroad & Summer Programs

Short-term Abroad Courses

To excel in their career, our students need not only a deep understanding of global and regional issues, but also the ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead in a cross-cultural environment. Short-term abroad programs allow students to strengthen these skills as they travel with Elliott School professors to their regions of expertise. Through these intensive academic and cultural experiences, students will earn credit faster and increase their international knowledge and skills.

Due to COVID-19, we are holding off on planning upcoming Short-term Abroad courses. Below is a list of our previous courses.

Past Courses


Summer Courses

On campus and online summer classes

Summer Course Benefits

  • 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 2021 Class schedule will be available in mid-December, 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.


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