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We aspire to preeminence as a comprehensive 

Global research university

—GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc


Global Engagement

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.


Short-Term Abroad Programs


If you are looking for a shorter alternative to a full semester of study abroad, or a fun and fascinating way to earn credits, you have come to the right place. Short-Term Abroad Programs range from one week to two months, but offer full credits towards graduation. They are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of options in the world’s most fascinating locations—taking your studies beyond the lecture hall and into the global classroom.

For more information, contact the CCAS Global Initiatives Team at [email protected], or visit the GW Short Term Study Abroad webpage.

View Short Term Opportunities


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International Visiting Scholars Program


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Welcome to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' International Visiting Scholars Program. 

The Program is aimed to provide a unique opportunity for select scholars around the world to pursue scholarly and intellectual development in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at GW. 

For more information, visit the Prospective Visiting Scholars Page or the Current Visiting Scholars Page

 Prospective Visiting Scholars

Admitted Visiting Scholars

What We Do

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Global Initiatives Office's mission is to advance the College's international priorities through world-class education, education diplomacy, and engagement with the world. 

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GW Global

With a student body representing more than 135 countries, dozens of internationally-focused research institutes, and partnerships with major international organizations, GW is a truly global institution.

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Office for Study Abroad

The Office for Study Abroad (OSA) provides and facilitates quality international educational opportunities at the George Washington University and promote students' academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development before, during, and after their study abroad experiences.

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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.

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GW Language Center

The GWU Language Center facilitates and promotes foreign language studies at the university, providing a wide array of academic support for both faculty and students.

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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.

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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.


Sarah Cassius

Sarah Cassius

BA '19, Geography

"I spent this summer in Medellin, interning for the [Colombian] Department of the Environment and Urban Planning. The municipality had just made the switch to LED lights for all of their public lighting, so one of my projects was to quantify the benefits of that change and present the economic, environmental, and public health benefits to the Mayor"

Global Engagement Highlights

In Muscat, GW students challenged local teenagers to a soccer game.

On Trip to Oman, Students Mix Business and Culture

A study abroad program tied to Mohssen Esseesy's Arabic business and language course allowed students to travel to Oman for a lesson in economics, linguistics and cultural connections.

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GW Recognized as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The university placed among the top research institutions for generating Fulbright students, with a total of 12 students accepting the award in the 2019-2020 year.