Fall Abroad Experience

The Spring semester is typically the most popular semester to go abroad - at GW and nationally! Perhaps you've had friends even recommend that you go abroad in the Spring. The Spring semester certainly does have its own benefits, but if you have the flexibility to choose, we're here to show you how a Fall semester abroad can be everything a Spring semester is and more! The Fall Abroad Experience (F.A.E) is the Office for Study Abroad's scholarship program aimed at helping balance our Fall and Spring participation. In addition to the benefits of F.A.E described below, there's plenty of reasons why you should consider Fall for your semester abroad! Not convinced? Check out why Fall Abroad is the best kept secret:


F.A.E Benefits


Financial Aid

F.A.E students may be eligible to receive additional scholarship opportunities dependent on program choice. Some program choices may offer a guarantee.


Early Registration

F.A.E participants enjoy privileged early registration for spring classes. Students will be eligible to register during priority registration. 


Additional Time to Prepare

Fall is an ideal semester to go abroad as students have the luxury of time to prepare their travel documents, doctors' visits and other preparation.



Financial Aid

Fall Abroad Experience students are eligible to receive a scholarship for their fall study abroad semester.  Funding is either guaranteed or requires an additional scholarship application, available through the F.A.E application on GW Passport. Guaranteed funding and preferred provider scholarships are subject to change annually, check back for up-to-date details regarding subsequent Fall semesters.

Scholarships for the preferred providers are not guaranteed for all applicants and are based on merit and/or financial need. Students will have access to the F.A.E provider scholarship application on GW Passport once they are accepted into this program. 

Note: Global Bachelor's Program - Belfast cohort students are not eligible for the Financial Benefits of F.A.E but can apply to be granted the early registration benefits. ACE Trilateral Degree Program students are not eligible for this program in its entirety. 

If you are a student interested in additional financial support, you are encouraged to review these resources:



Guaranteed Funding

$1,500 tuition award for ALL students participating in a GW Exchange ProgramGW Study Program, or Direct Enroll Program with a successful F.A.E application

Provider Program Scholarships
  • $1,500 for ALL DIS applicants who have applied to F.A.E. 
  • $1,000 for ALL CET applicants who have applied to F.A.E.
  • $1,000 for select CYA applicants who have applied to F.A.E. (CYA F.A.E. scholarship cannot be paired with other CYA Scholarships - students can only apply to one or the other)
  • $1,000 for ALL IAU applicants who have applied to F.A.E.
  • $1,000 for ALL SIT applicants who have applied to F.A.E
  • APA applicants who have applied to F.A.E. can have their visa costs covered by APA (up to $300)


How it Works

Step 1: Apply to a GW-approved study abroad program for Fall 

Step 2: Submit an application in GW Passport for the "Fall Abroad Experience" (Early Decision Opens mid-July, Closes November 1; Regular Decision Opens mid-December, Closes May 1)

All Fall Abroad Experience applicants will automatically qualify for Early/Priority Registration for the subsequent GW Spring semester. Students who applied to a qualifying study abroad program for guaranteed funding will automatically receive a scholarship. Other qualifying provider programs may require an additional supplemental application and select students will be chosen for additional funding.