GW Summer Response to COVID-19


As the University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to protect public health and minimize risk will be our top priority. Based on the continuing impact of COVID-19, among other considerations, courses for Summer 2021 will continue with mainly a virtual operating status. A complete list of courses across disciplines for Summer 2021 can be found on the Registrar site.

While we hope to bring back these programs in the future, the Pre-College and International Summer Programs have been discontinued for Summer 2021. Visiting students may enroll in GW summer courses as non-degree students. Please visit the

Non-Degree website for more information.

Additional information on the University's COVID response can be found on the Campus Advisories website.

2-Week Summer Seminars

Short-Term Experience for International Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Join a rigorous academic and experiential non-credit program in the heart of the nation’s capital! GW’s 2-week Summer Seminars offer students the opportunity to combine morning lectures with afternoon site visits and co-curricular activities specifically designed to enhance the classroom experience. See knowledge in action, explore your academic interests, and learn from a global group of peers this summer at George Washington University.

For High School students who wish to have an immersive 2-week college experience, see the Pre-College Program


Seminar Dates and Courses

2-week summer seminars are experiential non-credit programs run through the International Summer Program at GW. Two different seminars will be offered for the Summer 2020 semester. Students receive a certificate of participation upon completion. Students reside in an international student community at our Foggy Bottom Campus in the heart of Washington, D.C.

International Summer students at United Nations Foundation

International Relations: Diplomacy & Development

  June 14-27, 2020 (Arrive to GW: June 13, 2020)

This seminar will integrate the exploration of international agencies and their role within the world order with a discussion of the formal workings of diplomatic missions around the world. In this seminar, students will be given an insider’s look into the internal and external work of practitioners within the fields of international relations, diplomacy and development.

International Summer Students on the National Mall

Introduction to American Politics: Justice, Equity, and Policy

  July 5-16, 2020 (Arrive to GW: July 5, 2020)

Explore aspirations of justice and dilemmas of equality in the United States through law and political science. Students will begin first by examining the structures of the U.S. government and the rights and obligations imposed upon it by the U.S. Constitution. With this as a foundation, students will then explore four dimensions of inequality: race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and immigration, with a fifth dimension, economic inequality, serving as a unifying thread for our discussions.

Prepare for your Summer in the City