International Students

The George Washington University (GW) is proud to enroll approximately 3,500 international students. Our students hail from six continents and over 120 countries. We take great pride in the diversity of our campus and the contribution of our international students to our success. GW’s international students are fully immersed in campus life and, like their U.S. counterparts, are eligible for an array of merit-based funding opportunities.



"Our capacity to maintain academic excellence, to solve our greatest problems, and to serve others can only be enhanced by a diverse and truly inclusive campus community."

Caroline Laguerre-Brown
Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity
and Community Engagement


Soutcho Lydie Toure

"My graduate program helped me improve my communication skills. Through it I was able to learn how to work in teams. It also provided me hands-on experience through a variety of labs and projects ... providing me the skills that might be necessary in my future career."

Soutcho Lydie Toure
From Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

School of Business, Master of Science



Campus Resources

GW has a full range of academic and co-curricular support services available to all graduate students, as well as a wide variety of cultural organizations and other resources for international students. We encourage you to take advantage of all our services and opportunities, such as:

The International Services Office (ISO) provides assistance and information to GW international students, scholars and faculty. Some of the services provided by ISO to the international members of the GW community include:

  • Orientation programs for international students new to GW
  • A pre-arrival guide for new students
  • Immigration advising and information on immigration regulations
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Programs to foster intercultural relationships and learning
  • Cultural adjustment workshops and support groups


External Resources

We recommend a number of external resources that may be helpful as you consider graduate study at GW:

  • With more than 450 locations around the world, EducationUSA Centers offer accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States. They provide information on:
    • Selecting the U.S. college or university that meets your needs;
    • understanding and preparing for the required admissions tests;
    • assistance in the admissions process;
    • advice on finding financial aid for your studies;
    • preparation for the student visa process;
    • and pre-departure orientations.  
  • The U.S. government maintains several websites that provide good information for prospective international students:
    • Visa policies and procedures for foreign visitors
    • General information for international students
    • Links to web sites for U.S. embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions
    • Visa wait times for interviews by location
  • To help you understand and prepare for tests that may be required for admission: