The GW Global Bachelor's Program is an exciting opportunity to make study abroad a central part of your undergraduate experience. The Global Bachelor's Program is designed for motivated students in the Columbian College, Elliott School and the School of Business to spend multiple semesters abroad as part of their GW studies.
The Global Bachelor’s Program begins with a first semester abroad cohort experience during sophomore year in one of two fascinating cities: Belfast, Northern Ireland or Shanghai, China. The Belfast cohort will spend the fall semester at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and the Shanghai cohort will spend the spring semester at Fudan University. All students must take a core course in their first destination and will select additional courses based on their individual academic needs.
After the first semester abroad, Global Bachelor's students will complete two additional international experiences:
- One experience must be a full semester of study abroad at a GW-approved study abroad location somewhere in the world (that is, not China for Shanghai students or not in Europe for Belfast students).
- The other experience may be an additional semester abroad at any GW-approved location or a full-time international internship. The full-time internship must be at least 8 weeks long during the summer term or a semester of leave.
Additionally, students must also complete a series of three one-credit courses (IAFF 2040) offered over three years. These are designed to engage students academically and to help them prepare, engage and reflect upon their global experiences. Successful completion of the program will earn students a Global Bachelors designation on their GW transcript.