Global Engagement

We aspire to preeminence as a comprehensive 

Global research university

—GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc

Upcoming Short Term Abroad Programs 

Swans along a River in Prague


Prague: Transnational Film Studies and LGBTQ Cultures

This film studies course will consider how questions of queer representation intersect with questions of queer globalization(s).  From November 7-17, we will travel to Prague, Czech Republic to attend Mezipatra: Queer Film Festival along with students in Professor Kateřina Kolářová’s class.

The City of Prague


Prague: GW University Singers


University Singers in Prague will combine the work of the ensemble preparing for a GW campus performance that will be linked to the Short-Term Abroad experience of performing repertoire that is linked to Prague's significance to concert music in Central Europe. The students will perform in Prague in a shared concert with a local university

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


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.


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.

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.

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.


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"

Archaeologists study the sediments at the Bokol Dora site.

Oldest Evidence of Stone Tool Production Discovered in Ethiopia

Anthropology’s David Braun joined an archaeological team in Ethiopia that discovered the oldest evidence of stone tool production, dating back more than 2.58 million years.
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.