International Eligibility & Visa Requirements for Summer Immersion

Our Summer Immersion programs are open to international students; however, GW only provides F-1 visa sponsorship for students applying to the College Intensive 6-week sessions.

Students interested in other Pre-College programs often attend while in the United States on other visitor visas.

English Language Requirements

Students for whom English is a second language will demonstrate English proficiency via Skype interviews. A member of the Summer & Special Programs staff will contact students individually to set up an interview time. Students should be academically qualified to manage the challenges of university-level work in the English language.

Visa Requirements

GW does not issue documentation for F-1 visa sponsorship for the Summer Immersion sessions. Students may be able to attend these programs on eligible visitor visas, although please note that GW does not issue documentation to assist with an application for visitor visas. B-1 and B-2 visas are not intended for students whose primary purpose is to study in the US for the summer. Participation in the Summer Immersion programs should be secondary to your primary purpose in obtaining your visa if you are traveling on a tourist visa.

Please see the Insurance Guidelines for Visiting International Students (PDF) document for more information on the insurance policy pertaining to students who are not attending GW on an F-1 visa.

If you are currently in the U.S. on a visa other than the F-1 visa, you may be eligible to participate in the Pre-College Program, depending on your immigration status.

If you have any questions about your immigration status, please contact us; we're happy to help.

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Skype Chat Hours

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: Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm & Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am EST. Please note that we follow the university's holiday schedule (PDF).