Summer Institutes & Short-Term Abroad

Summer Institutes regularly attract students of all ages and backgrounds. GW students and visiting students are welcome to participate in the institutes. Additional eligibility requirements vary per institute.

Short-Term Abroad is open to GW and non-GW students who meet the eligibility requirements set by the Office for Study Abroad.

GW Summer Institutes

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    Choose an Institute

    These courses combine scholarly endeavor with applied learning, creating an in-depth and practical academic experience for participants. Delve further into your area of interest, explore a new field or enhance your professional skills. Institutes listed here are based on 2016 offerings; check back in December for 2017 institutes.

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Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness

This institute will explore the role of brain rhythms in states of awareness, drugs as windows into the mind, and the foundations of the self in memory and theory of mind. Students participating in this institute will receive discounted tuition rate.

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Grief, Loss & Life Transitions

This institute offers students and professionals tools and insights to assist their patients or clients to find healing and a way back from the traumatic event and the pain that follows.

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Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Minority Communities

This 10-week, 13-credit program simultaneously examines the critical effects of culture, race and ethnicity on psychological and behavioral outcomes. Students participating in this institute will receive discounted tuition rate.


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Historical Archaeology Field Institute

This 2-week intensive field school offers hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of an archaeological site just across the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

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Issues & Trends in Regulatory Science

This program explores how innovative drugs and devices are developed and regulated. Students will meet with the government decision makers who control access to the market.

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Japanese Language & Culture

This 8-credit program integrates Japanese language coursework with cultural activities. The program includes group activities, cultural events and meals, all at a discounted tuition rate.

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Moving Museum Collections

Students in this institute will get real-world experience in conserving and transporting various types of artwork.

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GW Short-Term Abroad

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    Experience an International Environment

    As a Short-Term Abroad student, you will have the opportunity to enroll in exceptional study abroad programs during the summer. Ranging from 1-6 weeks, these courses combine classroom study with real-world experiences in international environments focused on your field of study.

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Other Summer Opportunities

GW offers several summer programs through its various schools and colleges. Be sure to check these out at their individual pages:

What our students are saying about GW Summer Institutes & Short-Term Abroad

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"This program was beneficial in earning credit hours but also in gaining better connections with GW Psychology professors and helping students focus on their area of interest in the field. Due to the nature of the small class sizes, I felt confident in discussing my personal viewpoints about controversial topics in a professional and academic setting."

Amishi Desai, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Minority Communities Summer Institute

"I would recommend this institute to each and every student. Regardless of background, experience or degree sought, this course offers an opportunity for personal and professional growth and reflection. An amazing group of speakers and a superb teaching staff present topics, often avoided or difficult to discuss, but abundantly necessary for a life lived to its fullest."

Lisa Stern, Grief, Loss & Life Transitions Summer Institute

"Between the historical and religious tours, to the individual speakers and the experience they bring with them to discussions - this short-term abroad gave me a large picture of how complicated, sometimes difficult, and yet fascinating the part of the world Israel is situated in is. I can confidently say that it was definitely worth my time and money - I wish there were more offered for my specific graduate program so I could take another course next summer!"

Laura Bolsevic, Short-Term Abroad: Tel Aviv

"I highly recommend this program. The Baltic States are a part of the world often over looked, but are both musically and politically fascinating. Meeting groups like the Latvian Voices as well as performing in many beautiful historic churches were true highlights and made the trip quite memorable. Many of the places visited - especially Estonia - were remarkably beautiful."

Kevin Frey, Short-Term Abroad: The Baltics