Direct enroll programs are a mix between an exchange program and a provider program, and offer the best of both worlds. Like an exchange, students have the unparalleled academic opportunity to fully immerse in a local university while abroad, however, like a provider program, the university has created a specific program for international students that offers more programming, support, and often special classes unique for study abroad students.
While these programs are often geared towards students coming from U.S. and other international universities, you will still be immersed in the local university culture and have access to university classes and amenities, such as clubs and organizations, library services, and more. Students will also have the option to either live on campus, if available, or live independently in their host city. Housing will be arranged by and paid directly to the host university or external housing provider.
Outside of the classroom, there will be opportunities to take part in a greater level of programming, events and cultural activities organized by the international offices of the host university to help students gain a greater awareness and cultural understanding of their host city. Just like exchanges, though, you will have the opportunity to potentially meet students from your host university who are studying at GW prior to departure! This program type is truly the best of both worlds.