English for Academic Purposes

International Students at GW

Summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to undergraduate and graduate international students enrolled in full-time degree programs at GW. Students who are non-native speakers of English and wish to strengthen their academic writing, research and communication skills are invited to enroll in these courses.

Tuition & Fees

See special summer tuition rates for EAP students.

Visiting International Students

If you are a visiting international student looking to take summer EAP courses, apply first for International Summer, then register for EAP courses through the General Study Program.

The Summer EAP Advantage

This program offers an excellent opportunity for international students who are recommended or required by their GW schools to get a head start on their studies by focusing on developing language skills, as they prepare for the fall term.

Take summer EAP courses at GW to:

  • Complete courses and earn academic credit in just 6 weeks

  • Engage in small classes that enhance personal learning

  • Get a head start in adjusting to your new environment

  • Practice your speaking skills and connect with a community of American and international peers

Program Courses

EAP courses are not structured like traditional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Instead they focus on improving critical thinking, research and writing skills that form the basis of student success in academic settings and beyond. Students are not required to take a placement test, but may choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate EAP course options.

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits) to maintain full-time status. This may include two EAP courses or one EAP course and another non-EAP course (selected from among available summer offerings). Students should first consult with undergraduate admissions if they choose to enroll in a non-EAP course. EAP offerings for undergraduates include:

 

Graduate Courses

Graduate students are required to enroll in at least one EAP course (3 credits) to maintain full-time status. Students should consult with their admitting school if they also wish to enroll in a non-EAP course. EAP offerings for graduate students include:

 

Registration

An academic advisor will coordinate with the students' respective offices to register them for classes, as well as facilitate any schedule changes that need to be made during the summer.

Living at GW

Housing is available on the Metro-accessible Foggy Bottom Campus, located in the heart of the city within walking distance of the White House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and other national and historic sites. Rooms are shared, and the residence halls are staffed with resident advisors who serve as a resource to international students.

Learn more about living at GW.

Immigration & Visa Details

Summer study requires full-time enrollment during the 6-week session (6 credit hours for undergraduates and 3 credit hours for graduate students). Additional documentation may be required showing proof of sufficient funds to support summer study. Students should contact the International Services Office (ISO) if they have questions concerning their visa. The ISO assists international students with visas, immigration matters, orientation, and general advising.

Full-time students interested in Summer EAP should contact undergraduate admissions or their admitting school to request visa sponsorship to include summer study.