Visa Requirements for International Summer

International Summer programs are open to qualified visiting international undergraduate and graduate students. GW sponsors eligible students for the F-1 student visa for full-time summer study in International Summer programs.

F-1 Visa Process

To study full time at GW during the summer, international students must have an F-1 student visa. Full-time enrollment is defined as registration for a minimum of 6 credits for undergraduates or 3 credits for graduates in one 6-week summer session. Enrolling in the U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era program constitutes a full-time course of study for a 2-week duration. The 2-Week Summer Seminar programs do not qualify for F1 Visa Sponsorship. Please see the B1 and B2 Visa process below. 

For Students Requiring Sponsorship

GW will sponsor student visas for full-time study in the General Study, Research Experience and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era programs. If you are receiving GW sponsorship for the F-1 student visa, you must document that you have sufficient funds to support your studies in order to receive an I-20 form, by submitting the Visa Application and Financial Certificate (PDF). This I-20 form must be submitted with your visa application to the U.S. Consulate.  

For Students with Sponsorship by Other Universities

Students who are enrolled in another US university program on an F-1 visa in spring, and who will continue studying at that same university in fall, can study at GW on their current F-1 visa. Students in this situation are eligible to study full time or part-time.

Current F-1 students whose I-20s will expire or whose college/university programs will end before enrolling in the International Summer program must obtain an I-20 from GW for their summer study.

B-1 & B-2 Visa Process

Students may not study under a visitor immigration classification if their main purpose for being in the country is to study at the George Washington University for the summer. If travel or tourism is the predominant reason for temporarily residing in the U.S., students may be able to participate in the summer program. However, it is recommended that all students who are participating in a 6-week program are to apply for an F1 Visa.

GW does not issue documentation for F-1 visa sponsorship for the 2-week Summer Seminar programs. Students may be able to attend these programs on eligible visitor B-1 and B-2 visas. These 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. If you need documentation for purposes of a visa request, please contact us. GW will provide an invitation to participate which may be taken to a consular office.

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 International Summer Program, depending on your immigration status.

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

Other Visas (J-1, H-1, H-4, etc.)

If you are currently in the U.S. in a different non-immigrant category you may be eligible to take summer courses at the George Washington University 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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