May 20-June 29, 2019
Session 1 takes place at the beginning of summer, and the General Study option only.
- Join Us this Summer for a University Experience
Join Us this Summer for a University Experience
Summer programs offer international students an immersive American university experience at the center of the nation’s political, intellectual and cultural activity.
Students who wish to apply to International Summer at GW should be academically qualified to manage the challenges of university-level work.
We welcome our newly-admitted International Summer at GW students, and have outlined the next steps for you to prepare for an unforgettable summer in Washington, D.C.
International students enrolled in the General Study program can choose from more than 650 courses offered each summer, with a range of topics including the arts, business, economics, engineering, English, government, law, history, mathematics, science and more.
Enhance your English writing and research abilities, improve communication and teamwork skills and learn about American classroom culture.
Connect with professionals in research-focused institutions to develop skills in problem analysis, literature research, teamwork, communication and presentation.
This two-week, 3-credit course held in the heart of Washington D.C. features core lectures by GW faculty, guest speakers from a variety of organizations, and site visits to key institutions in the field of foreign policy.
- Summer in D.C.
Summer in D.C.
GW’s location in Washington, D.C. allows students to get a hands-on, immersive experience at the center of one of the world’s most politically, culturally and intellectually-charged cities.Learn more about living in Washington, D.C. for the summer
Visit D.C.'s Major Institutions
You will have the opportunity to visit major institutions that are world leaders in their fields, such as the World Bank or the National Institute of Health.
Immerse Yourself in U.S. History & Culture
Washington, D.C. is home to many world-renowned museums, as well as many of the United States’ national monuments and memorials. Experience U.S. history and culture firsthand while visiting these impressive sites.
International Summer at GW students are billed by credit hour for tuition, with additional program-related fees to cover the costs of supplemental aspects of the program.
Visiting international students not currently studying or working in the U.S. can apply for visa sponsorship to study at GW over the summer.
Chat hours will resume January 2019.
We are eager to get to know you and answer your questions about summer courses, visa processing, campus life and more. Add gwsummer to your contact list and instant message us during our Skype chat hours. Please note that we follow the university's holiday schedule (PDF).
"I learned a lot through my classes because my teacher was very friendly and he encouraged us to participate in every part of the class. Because my classmates were from different parts of the world – some of them from South Africa, and some of them from Egypt, and of course, there were some Americans –we could express our different opinions and feelings about the same topic. We could also talk about our own experiences so that they could learn more about China and I could learn more about other countries."
Lulu Sun, International Summer Alumna, China
"Anthropology was really a good class because people in my class and my professor were very open minded. When they talked about something, it was open for discussion – it wasn't like anyone was going to get offended by what you said. It was a very open discussion and a safe place that you could say what you really felt and no one was going to judge you for it.”
Ali Akash, International Summer Alumnus, Kuwait
“What I liked about the classes is that they were very interactive, and the teachers were very friendly and they helped you understand the political systems in the U.S. To be in the center of politics - it’s not the same as reading it from the newspapers back home - you can actually feel it.”
Dorina Sonic, International Summer Alumna, Moldova
“The program was really very enriching because it allowed me to learn a lot of new things and also because of the availability of resources that we had on campus. It was also very enriching in the sense that you got to interact with a lot of new people from all around the world.“
Sa'na Syed Ayaz Qaiser, International Summer Alumna, Kuwait