Global Engagement

"An in-depth, global perspective is a critical component of a rich liberal arts education. We are in a place that is larger than us, and it is important that we are able to communicate in a world where physical boundaries are becoming increasingly irrelevant."

Ben Vinson III

Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences


Columbian College encourages international and cross-cultural perspectives among our extensive community of distinguished scholars and diverse undergraduate and graduate students. A broad liberal arts education guides our students to use their knowledge to examine the critical issues that impact our region, nation and the world beyond. In addition, we are engaged in collaborative international research partnerships that are advancing a wide range of artistic, social and scientific imperatives.


International students English for Academic Purposes at the George Washington University

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The EAP program prepares students who speak English as a second language to meet academic expectations for written communication at a university level.

GW students in the Global Bachelor's Program abroad

Global Bachelor's Program

The GW Global Bachelor's Program provides students the competencies and confidence to work and learn anywhere in the world by challenging them to pursue their educational goals in multiple international settings.

Student sitting on a bench on campus

International Graduate Funding Initiative

To stimulate the benefits of global exchange, international students from qualifying countries may be eligible for a tuition award of up to $20,000 per academic year.

GW Confucius Institute Columbian College

GW Confucius Institute

Established in 2013, the GW Confucius Institute promotes the study of Chinese language and culture, supports Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification and encourages increased research in China studies.

GW student and professor performing Jiangsu speech

Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

This Chinese language speech contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying Chinese in colleges and universities in the greater Washington, D.C., area.




Nada Mohamed Columbian College

Nada Mohamed-Aly

Class of 2018, Political Science

"I took Arabic and international relations courses, but it never really clicked until I was speaking with local Jordanians who lived through the historical events I was studying in class. Studying abroad places you outside your comfort zone and challenges you in new ways."