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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 Updated Interim International Travel Policy

Effective August 1, 2021, CCAS will now allow limited international travel, prioritizing “essential” travel. All international travel requests by CCAS personnel must be submitted through CCAS Global and are subject to approval by the Dean.

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CCAS Essential International Travel Policy

For destinations with a Level 3, 4, or “Unknown” in US Department of State Travel Advisory, international travel for faculty and staff members are limited to essential travel.

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GW-BNU Summer Statistics Research Virtual Forum 2021

This June, the GW Department of Statistics and the School of Statistics at Beijing Normal University presented a three-day virtual research forum.


Faculty-led Short Term Abroad Program


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Faculty-led Short-Term Abroad Programs enable faculty and students to take the academic experience beyond classrooms and borders so that the learning can be achieved in the most rich and memorable ways.  From taking students to visit WWII memorial sites in France as part of the world history class to sending students to receive culturally sensitive speech therapist clinical training in Mexico, the Office of Global Initiatives encourages faculty across all disciplines to consider how to incorporate a component to their courses that provides students with an abroad experience. 

The Office of Global Initiatives provides administrative support and guidance to faculty and limited scholarships to students. 

Interested parties should be directed to ccas[email protected].


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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GW Annual 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"