Special Programs

Complementing the classroom, our special programs provide the experiences that set an Elliott education apart. Whether that’s an immersive two-week course visiting DC’s foremost foreign-policy institutions – or two weeks traveling through Scandinavia to learn about security issues in Northern Europe – there are opportunities for everyone.


Our Special Programs at a Glance


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Short-term Abroad



Short-Term Abroad Programs (STAPs)

Travel with Elliott School professors to their regions of expertise.

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US Foreign Policy Summer



US Foreign Policy Summer Program

A two-week immersive course with site visits, guest speakers, and hands-on learning.

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Dean's Scholars



Dean's Scholars Program

The Elliott School's premier undergraduate research initiative.

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Curricular Initiatives



Curricular Initiatives

Connecting cross-curricular faculty to address critical global issues in our curriculum.

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"STAP is probably one of my most memorable experiences at GW. I felt like I learned so much in such a short amount of time, and a lot of it I don't think I could've experienced on my own. My program was really well planned and the entire cohort was full of smart, talented students that I still keep in touch with. As with all cultural exchanges, it's important to keep an open mind and just be curious about everything."

2023 ESIA Graduate Student
Attended “State & Society in Egypt” in January 2023