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 and our limited ability to offer on-campus programs, among other considerations, the difficult decision has been made to discontinue all Pre-College and International Summer Programs for Summer 2021. It is our hope that we will be able to bring back these programs in the future and continue to provide the unique learning opportunities and experiences that can only be had at GW.

English for Academic Purposes

For Degree Seeking Undergraduate and Graduate International Students


                                     Summer EAP Students Share their Experience


Incoming Fall GW Undergraduate International Students

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

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:



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.

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.

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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.

Summer 2020 Dates: Monday, June 29- Saturday, August 8

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 speak English as a second or additional language 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.

Applied English Studies (AES) Program

The AES program, a non-degree, intensive English summer program, allows academically qualified students who wish to enter a Graduate Degree program but who have TOEFL scores of 74-79 to upgrade their academic English skills and become socialized into the U.S. university community prior to matriculation into a graduate degree program at GW.