EF University Foundation Year Program

International students in front of the U.S. Capitol building

Students enrolled in the EF University Foundation Year Program have the opportunity to experience a summer of academic study at the George Washington University (GW), the largest private research university in Washington, D.C. This program consists of two phases: a university preparation course at EF International Language Centers, followed by enrollment in classes as a non-degree student in GW’s International Summer program for visiting students. In addition to courses, you will have the opportunity to participate in programs and co-curricular activities designed to acclimate you to academic study at a U.S. university and which leverage the outstanding intellectual, cultural and international resources of Washington, D.C.

Program Requirements

Graduation from the program involves attaining an English level of C1, meeting the program’s attendance policy of 90% and successfully passing all classes, indicating readiness to progress to a university program. C1 English level requirements are in lieu of GW’s TOEFL or IELTS requirements for summer study.

Students continue as a visiting student at GW in the summer session immediately following completion of this program. Application to GW’s summer program will require submission of an online application along with supporting documents, prior to the May 1 deadline. GW will issue an I-20 for summer study.

Course Credit

Successful completion of courses in the International Summer at GW program will earn you up to 6 university credits in one summer session, or up to 12 credits in two summer sessions. While enrollment in courses at GW establishes a permanent academic record at GW, admission to GW’s undergraduate programs requires a separate application and review process and admission is not guaranteed under this program. Please also note transfer of course credits is subject to the policies of the receiving institution. Visit the schedule of classes to explore the types of courses offered.

When selecting a course keep in mind that certain courses may not be available to visiting students, such as courses in the Milken School of Public Health or GW’s Law School. Other courses may be restricted by major. Students may also enroll in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

GW reserves the right to make final course selections based on qualifications. Grades earned establish an official academic record at GW and may be transferable, depending on the policies of the receiving institution.


Students will share accommodation with other visiting international students on the Foggy Bottom Campus. The campus is located in a lively academic and business environment in the heart of Washington, D.C., within walking distance from the White House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, museums, embassies, and monuments.

Housing at GW varies by residence hall, but you can expect shared rooms (2–4 students) and private bathrooms. Residence halls are air conditioned and secured by building locks as well as individual room locks. GW does not offer traditional dining facilities; however, students will find a wide variety of interesting dining options on campus and within the city. More information can be found at the GW Campus Dining website.

How to Apply

Students should coordinate with EF and submit their application using our online application system. Once admitted, students will need to submit a completed enrollment packet. All billing will be handled through EF.


EF fees cover advising, program selection, tuition and housing, enrollment, visa application, overseas guidelines, alumni activities, study plan for further education, transportation and EF emergency assistance and support in the U.S. Please contact EF for overall costs.