Summer Immersion

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. Visiting students may enroll in GW summer courses as non-degree students and in GW Pre-College Programs. Please visit the Non-Degree and Summer websites respectively for more information. 

All students enrolling in any in-person courses in Summer 2022 must demonstrate compliance with GW's vaccine requirement. Additional information on the University's COVID response can be found on the Onward GW website.

Summer Immersion

Noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

Summer Immersion is a full-day, rigorous, noncredit program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors (ages 14-18). Participants enroll in 2-week sessions that integrate lectures with guest speakers, experiential and applied activities. Students expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, D.C.

For students who wish to explore credit options, see the College Intensive program.

Session Dates

The Summer Immersion program is split into three 2 week sessions. Different program options are offered each session, which is noted in each of the individual program descriptions. A 15% tuition discount will be applied for students who enroll in more than one two-week session. 

session 1

June 27 – July 9, 2021


session 2

July 11 – July 23, 2021


session 3

July 25 – August 6, 2021



Choose a Program by Topic or Format 


Prepare to Spend Your Summer at GW

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Summer on Campus

GW offers an unparalleled mix of intellectual and cultural resources that makes for a vibrant urban classroom experience. D.C. is home to national and international organizations, embassies and cultural institutions that create a wealth of public programs, exhibits and special events.

Learn more about student resources and activities


international student requirements

International Summer Immersion Students

GW invites international high school students to spend the summer in one of our many Pre-College course options. Summer Immersion options are available to international students who are already in the U.S. on a visitor visa.

chat with us

Skype Chat Hours

Chat hours will resume March 2020.

We are eager to get to know you and answer your questions about our summer programs, application requirements, campus life and more.

Add gwsummer to your Skype contact list and message us during our chat hours: Mondays, 10:00-11:00am & Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm EST.

See what our Pre-college students are saying about our program 

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"I decided to come to GW because D.C. is located in one of America’s most diplomatic areas and it is somewhere I would like to be with my future in international relations. Being here has really taught me about all the professions in law and just visiting all the offices has really influenced me on what I would like to do in the future. I have decided on what I would like to major in in college."

Layla E., Pre-College Alumna, Principles of International Law

Headshot of International Summer Student Sa'na Syed Ayaz Qaiser

"I believe the best part of this program is that it introduced me to many different fields. It taught me what I truly look forward to doing in life and it taught me what college will be like in the future."

Noah A., Pre-College Alumnus, Principles of International Law

Headshot of Emily Arroyo, Pre-College student in the Biomedical Engineering program

"My favorite part about my class was that we had a TA and a teacher who really truly cared about teaching us, and were really knowledgeable about it – and even if they weren’t in a certain area, they would try and help us. It taught me what I want to focus on in a career and I made a lot of good friends from all over the world."

Emily A., Pre-College Alumna, Biomedical Engineering


"I think the best part of this program was getting to discuss politics but also with people from such diverse backgrounds and so many different places. It was really, really interesting to see everyone’s different points of view and make friends with people from all over."

Ian M., Pre-College Alumnus, Election Politics