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. This five-week-long 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.
"The summer program was an excellent deep dive into the roles of various actors in formulating U.S. foreign policy and promoting the U.S. national interest. The class comprised a good mix of young students and more experienced practitioners of public policy. A key strength of the program was the quality of guest speakers who were all intimately involved in shaping U.S. foreign policy, be they from the public or private sector."
Singapore Foreign Affairs Officer & visiting student from The Rajaratnam School of International Studies in NTU (Nanyang Technological University)
This US Foreign Policy Summer Program is taught by Professor of Practice and Director of the Leadership, Ethics and, Practice Initiative (LEAP), Christopher A. Kojm. The course examines the substance and process of U.S. foreign policy. It delves into the process of formulating and conducting U.S. foreign policy, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, the ideas and interests that drive it, and the people and institutions responsible for it.
In this course, students will:
The format of the course is a five-week seminar, meeting virtually twice a week from 5:10 pm EST to 7 pm EST. The daily schedule will combine guest lectures by experts and lectures by the instructor, class discussions, a simulation, and conclude with a final paper.
Session I - May 17 - June 27, 2021
-Monday's and Wednesday's (advanced undergrads may only do this session)
-Tuesday's and Thursday's
Session II - June 28 - August 8, 2021
-Tuesday's and Thursday's
View a recording of the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program Information Session with professors and program alums.
This program includes a two-week, three-credit course called “IAFF 6521: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era” held in the heart of Washington, D.C. Upon successful completion of the program, participants earn academic credit from The George Washington University and will be able to order official transcripts that reflect credit awarded for non-degree, visiting student status through this system.
Admission to the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program at the Elliott School is competitive. Every year, the program welcomes mid-career professionals and foreign service officers from abroad.
For this reason, only graduate students and advanced undergraduate students are eligible to apply. See below for additional eligibility requirements:
The program encourages applications from people with backgrounds in fields related to international affairs. International participants contribute an important dimension to the study of foreign policy and the program welcomes applications from abroad.
After receiving their acceptance letter, students will have two weeks to submit their $500 non-refundable security deposit to reserve a space in the program. Instructions on how to pay your security deposit can be found here: USFPSP 2020 Student Deposit Instructions. Please expect an increase in tuition costs for the summer 2021 session.
Costs for the 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program were:
3-credit tuition + program fee = $6,065.89
Please expect an in tuition costs for the summer 2021 session.
The program fee covers costs needed to run the program – such as guest speaker compensation, shared rides to and from site visits, opening and closing receptions, and other program-related expenses.
Please note that students are not allowed to audit the course, they have to take it for credit.
In addition, the above program fee does not cover lodging (if applicable), health insurance, travel expenses, meals, or I-20, or transcript mailing. Students will be responsible for covering all these fees, in addition to incidentals (laundry, internet fees, parking, metro card for personal transportation, etc).
The US Foreign Policy Summer program does not offer housing to program participants.
Participants may use the GW Off-Campus Housing website as a reference for off-campus housing options around the GW Foggy Bottom Campus
All undergraduate students, medical, on-campus nursing, on-campus Health Science, and all international students holding a J1 or F1 visa are required to carry student health insurance while they study at GW. These students will be automatically enrolled in the GW SHIP health insurance (7.37$ daily rate) and must submit an opt-out waiver if they have another insurance plan that meets the required criteria. Please visit the Colonial Health Center website for more information.
All accepted participants are admitted for visiting, non-degree status at The George Washington University. Please be advised that academic success in the program requires a high level of English language proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking.
Academic Duolingo, IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL, scores are required from all applicants who have not completed a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution, unless they meet an exemption indicated on this list of English Language Test Exemptions. Official Duolingo, IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 years old.
We do not accept any document(s) other than official Duolingo, IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL English Language Test scores as proof of English Language proficiency. The George Washington University reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency from any applicant.
Please refer to the table below for the minimum test scores required for admission consideration.
Minimum score requirement
7.0 Overall score
100 (Internet test)
Applicants will need to fill out an online application in addition to:
Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, sessions might entirely fill up before the deadline. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
To apply, go to the application portal. You will first be prompted to create a username, confirm your email address, and then create a password. Once these steps are completed, you will be able to log in and start a new application.
On the first page of the application, choose the following in order to apply for U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program (each field must be selected before the following fields options will populate).
The US Summer Foreign Policy program deadline is February 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. Applications for admission will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline has passed.
Learn alongside tomorrow’s leaders while earning academic credit in one of the leading schools of international affairs in the U.S!
This program features lectures by a retired foreign service officer and GW faculty, prominent guest speakers, and site visits to the capital’s most influential organizations.
Take full advantage of the Elliott School’s ideal location in the heart of the capital to network with leaders in the field, attend cultural and academic events, and learn about the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.