Global Engagement

Collage Photos of Shanghai and Belfast

Global Bachelor's Program

The GW Global Bachelor's Program is an exciting opportunity to make study abroad a central part of your undergraduate degree. We are currently accepting applications to join the cohort in either Shanghai or Belfast until March 15, 2019. Apply Now!

GW Student Sidney Chu leading a pack of speed skaters on an ice rink

Speed Skater Sidney Chu to Represent GW at University Games

Sidney Chu, a sophomore majoring in biology and public health, will compete at the International Sports Federation (FISU) World Winter University Games in Russia next month.

Dean Paul Wahlbeck delivers a welcome remark to guests from the Korean Ministry of Environment

Geography Professor Meets with Delegates from Ministry of Environment of Korea

On February 19, Prof. Melissa Keeley from the GW Geography Department hosted a meeting for a delegation of 12 members sponsored by the Ministry of Environment of Korea. Dean Walhbeck delivered the welcome remarks.

What We Do

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.

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. 

Dean Vinson with International Students

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.

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.

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 Language Center

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.

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.

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.


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."