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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.

Global Engagement Highlights

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CCAS Interim International Travel Policy

All travel requests by CCAS faculty, staff, and graduate students must be submitted through the CCAS Dean’s Office of Global Initiatives (CCAS Global) and are subject to approval by the Dean.

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Continued Suspension of Study Abroad and Non-Essential Student Travel

The Office of the Provost announced that study abroad programs and other non-essential student travel will remain suspended for the spring semester. The Office for Study Abroad will contact all students who had hoped to study abroad in the spring to provide guidance on changing plans. 
Paul Wahlbeck, Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

July 9, 2020: Message From the Dean Regarding Student Visa Policy

In the wake of Department of Homeland Security announced new guidelines for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester, Dean Wahlbeck assures students that the entire Columbian College community stand by our international students who are a valued and important part of the GW community.

 


International Visiting Scholars Program

 

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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"