GW Undergraduate Exchange

Claudia Zurita, CCAS, in the dunes of Merzouga, Morocco during her semester at Al Akhawayn University - GW Exchange.

 

The GW Undergraduate Exchange program fosters academic immersion via direct enrollment in one of our forty higher education exchange partners around the world. The exchange model provides an enriching cultural experience and is highly recommended for students who are prepared to engage independently in their host institution abroad.

Prior to departure, students will have the opportunity to meet with exchange students from their future host institution, who are currently studying abroad at GW, and learn about everyday life and the academic culture of their host country.

The availability of any particular exchange may vary according to the status of the institutional agreement. Admission is selective, and space is limited. Participants are nominated by the GW Office for Study Abroad for the exchanges on the basis of their application, academic transcripts, judicial status, and demonstrated preparation for study abroad through an exchange program. Final admission decisions rest with the individual partner institution.

Applications typically open in December, for Fall or Academic Year applicants, and July, for Spring applicants. Deadlines and application requirements vary by program. Find the right GW Exchange for you from our options below.

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Benefits of GW Exchange Programs

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Independent, immersive experience

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Opportunity to directly enroll at prestigious partner institutions

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Chance to make lifelong friends and contacts from all over the world

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Introductions to host institution students currently studying abroad at GW

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Guaranteed $1,500 credit towards tuition (for Focus on Fall Abroad Community participants)

Program Locations

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Asia

Study for a semester or summer at one of Asia's most prestigious universities. Exchange options are available for students of almost any major, but there are especially excellent options in this region for STEM students.

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

  Hong Kong, China

Established in 1963, Chinese University of Hong Kong enrolls over 29,000 students each year. CUHK is located in the Sha Tin area of Hong Kong and borders the beautiful Tai Po Kai Nature Reserve to the west and Tide Cove to the east. Among its many amenities, it features the Museum of Climate Change, with over 100 exhibits. The university boasts four Nobel laureatest: Charles Kuen Kao (Physics); Chen-Ning Franklin Yang (Physics); James Alexander Mirrlees (Economic Sciences); and Robert Alexander Mundell (Economics). GW students may choose courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines at CUHK, including Arts, Education, Business Administration, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Sciences. 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

  Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a leading international research university dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge in science and engineering. The university campus occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking Clear Water Bay. GW's exchange with HKUST is for students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science only.

University of Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

  Hong Kong, China

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the territory’s oldest higher education institution, is recognized worldwide for its contributions as a research-based university. With its predominantly international faculty and strong rankings, HKU offers a top-tier international campus that attracts students from all over the world.

Akita International University

Akita International University (AIU)

  Akita, Japan

Surrounded by the beautiful nature of northern Japan, Akita International University is a four-year, public, liberal arts university which provides students with the opportunity to study in English with other Japanese students.  The university is much smaller than GW, with approximately 900 students, but is very internationally focused.

Kyoto University

Kyoto University

  Kyoto, Japan

Established in 1897, Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan, yet it is known for its cutting-edge research. Located in the city of Kyoto, students have access to ancient temples, shrines, gardens, and other historical sites (some of which date back more than 1,000 years) as well as modern museums, arts galleries, theatres, and businesses.

Waseda University

Waseda University

  Tokyo, Japan

In 2007, Waseda University celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding by scholar and government leader Shigenobu Okuma. Waseda is one of Japan's top private, co-educational institutions of higher learning. Founded as a college with three departments under the old Japanese system of higher education, it has since grown to become a comprehensive university with 13 undergraduate schools. Waseda enrolls over 45,000 undergraduate students and 300 exchange students each year.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

  Singapore

Founded in 1955, Nanyang Technological University is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools, including a strong business school and college of humanities, arts, and social sciences. NTU provides a high-quality global education to more than 23,000 undergraduates, including 8,000 international students.

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS)

  Singapore

A leading global university centered in Asia, the National University of Singapore offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programs which allow students to realize their full potential. Over 36,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.

Ewha Womans University

Ewha Womans University

  Seoul, Korea

Ewha Womans University was founded in 1886 as Korea's first educational institution for women. Now the largest women's university in the world, Ewha enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate students. It houses 11 colleges, including Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Business, and more. Ewha offers a coeducational international program and welcomes GW students, both male and female, to study for one or two semesters.

Korea University

Korea University (KU)

  Seoul, Korea

Founded in 1905, Korea University is widely acknowledged as one of the country's top-ranked universities. Its reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching, research, and service to Korean society. An eminent faculty, outstanding students, and internationally recognized research programs contribute to KU's academic fame. As a major comprehensive university, KU offers a rich variety of courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as in all professional fields, including Engineering and Business Administration.

Seoul National University

Seoul National University (SNU)

  Seoul, Korea

Created in 1946 as the first modern, national Korean university, Seoul National University now enrolls 32,000 students. Beyond its reputation as an academic leader in Korea, SNU offers outstanding cultural and recreational benefits and abundant entertainment opportunities in the college town of Kwanak and in the city of Seoul.

Yonsei University

Yonsei University

  Seoul, Korea

Yonsei University is the oldest university in Korea. Yonsei's main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque, and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of downtown Seoul. Yonsei has 28,000 students and 3,500 faculty members, who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges, and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world.

Taiwan Peace Park

National Chengchi University (NCCU)

  Taipei, Taiwan

Established in 1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is noted for its humanities and social sciences disciplines and currently houses nine colleges, including liberal arts, science, social sciences, law, commerce, foreign languages & literature, communication, international affairs, and education. Similar in size to GW, NCCU has just over 15,000 students total and 9,000 undergraduates.

Akita International University

Akita International University

  Akita, Japan

The AIU Summer Program is a six-week, six-credit, intensive Japanese language program designed for highly motivated undergraduate students from around the world. Participants can take introductory through intermediate courses taught by experienced Japanese instructors to hone their Japanese language skills in a small class environment.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  Hong Kong, China

The HKUST International Summer Program (ISP) is a well-structured program that aims to create a rewarding summer experience for students from around the world. It comprises high-quality education and enriching cultural activities, allowing students to learn from academic achievers outside of their home institutions while gaining insight into the Asian culture.

Taiwan Peace Park

National Chengchi University

  Taipei, Taiwan

The NCCU International Summer Program provides students the opportunity to advance their Chinese language skills and learn about Taiwan’s position in Asia and in the world. At NCCU, students may enroll in two courses, one to develop their Chinese language skills and the other to study modern Taiwan.

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Europe

Get to know Europe like a local for a semester or summer studying at one of our many partner institutions in the area. Exchange options are available in capital cities in some countries, or more immersive smaller cities in other countries. Whatever you may be looking for, you can find it here!

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)

  Vienna, Austria

Established in 1898, the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is one of the oldest business universities in Europe and the EU's largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. It enrolls nearly 27,000 students each year, about one quarter of whom are international students. WU is located in the Austrian capital of Vienna, a city cherished for its rich artwork, architecture, music, and food. Vienna also houses the headquarters of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Vienna University is the first and only Austrian university to receive the European Quality Improvement System, or EQUIS, accreditation . Its close ties to the corporate world and the resulting excellent job prospects, along with the wide range of programs available, makes this exchange a fantastic opportunity for GW School of Business and Economics students.

Charles University

Charles University

  Prague, Czech Republic

Charles University was founded in 1348 and is the oldest university in Central Europe. Located in the historic city of Prague, Charles University enrolls more than 42,000 students in 270 academic disciplines. GW students enroll in the East and Central European Studies (ECES) program offered through Charles University's Faculty of the Arts. ECES is an interdisciplinary program designed specifically for international undergraduate students, with courses taught in English. This program is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in East and Central Europe, Czech studies, history and culture.

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School

  Copenhagen, Denmark

The Copenhagen Business School is one of the biggest business schools in Europe and is located in Fredericksburg, close to the heart of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. It is a comprehensive research institution with approximately 17,000 students, including 2,000 international students. GW exchange students may enroll in English-taught classes with Danish and other international students. The university maintains a Corporate Partnership Program to connect its academic and research efforts with both Danish and international companies. This truly dynamic and international campus is an ideal study abroad destination for GW School of Business students.

Sciences Po - Grenoble

Sciences Po - Grenoble

  Grenoble, France

Founded in 1948, Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble, also known as Sciences Po Grenoble is one of the 10 Institutes of Political Studies in France a part of the University of Grenoble Alpes. Located in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, Sciences Po Grenoble has 1800 students who study in 19 different degree programs. GW students can enroll in courses in Political Science, Economics, History, International Relations, and Sociology, with courses taught in English and French.

European Business School

European Business School (EBS)

  Frankfurt, Germany

Founded in 1971, EBS is one of the top business schools in Germany. In 2010 it became a university of business and law . EBS is located approximately 45 minutes outside of Frankfurt and in the Rhine-Main area. The Rhine-Main area is one of Europe's economically strongest regions and boasts more than 32,000 companies, including 2,200 high-tech production plants, sales and services enterprises, and Frankfurt , home to the European Central Bank, is a financial powerhouse and. EBS is a significantly smaller school than GW, with about 1,200 students, 15 percent of whom are international. GW exchange students may enroll in English-taught business classes alongside German students. Its quality academics and strong connections with the European business world make the EBS exchange program an excellent choice for GW School of Business students.

Reykjavik, Iceland

University of Iceland

  Reykjavik, Iceland

The University of Iceland is a state university located in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is a progressive and rapidly developing institution with nearly 400 academic programs of study. A strong scientific institution, the University of Iceland is renowned for its research efforts and is an international leader in sustainable energy and environmental research. There are 13,000 students at the university, including some 400 international exchange students each academic year. Although the primary language of instruction is Icelandic, most faculties offer coursework in English for full-time international and exchange students.

Dublin, Ireland

University College Dublin

  Dublin, Ireland

Established in 1854, University College Dublin is part of the National University of Ireland system and has been an integral part in the making of modern Ireland. UCD has produced many of the country’s political, cultural, and business leaders. Ranked in the top one per cent of higher education institutions worldwide, it enrolls over 31,000 students each year, about one-fifth of whom are international students. UCD is located in Dublin, a capital city known for its dedication to the preservation of history as well as the modernization of its economy. Dublin also houses the European headquarters of companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Paypal, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Twitter.

Bocconi University

Bocconi University

  Milan, Italy

Bocconi University, founded in 1902, was the first Italian university to grant a degree in Economics. For a century, Bocconi University has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values as a major research university, remaining committed to democratic practices and open to the world, as well as financially and politically independent.

At the outset of the 21st century, Bocconi is contributing to the advancement of European higher education by teaching business and economic knowledge to prospective managers and researchers from all over the world.

Bocconi is considered the leading university in Business and Economics in Italy, and its School of Management has consistently been ranked as a leader in the Financial Times MBA Rankings. Bocconi also belongs to two of the most prestigious international business networks, Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) and Partnership in International Management (PIM).

University College Maastricht

University College Maastricht (UCM)

  Maastricht, The Netherlands

The University College Maastricht is located in one of the most historic and beautiful towns in the Netherlands. A research university, it was established in 1976 and has a student population of about 14,500. GW students can take English-taught classes at UCM, the honors liberal arts college at Maastricht University. UCM is a small academic community, which allows for smaller class sizes and close connections between students and faculty.

The college caters to students with broad academic interests and those who do not want to limit themselves to a program focused on a single academic discipline. GW students can study for the full academic year or the spring semester only to receive full-credit. Those students who wish to apply for the fall will miss UCM's project period, due to differences in the academic calendar. GW students are permitted to study for the fall only, with the understanding that they will receive a maximum of 12.5 credits.

University of Navarra

University of Navarra

  Pamplona, Spain

University of Navarra, founded in 1952 as a Catholic University in Pamplona, Spain, has a student population of 15,000, including some 9,000 undergraduates. About 15 per cent are international students from over 70 countries, who help create a richly diverse learning environment for GW students abroad.Students may take courses in over 40 major fields with well-regarded faculty, meet students from around the world, take part in on-campus activities, and travel throughout Spain with the assistance of the international office.

University of Zurich

University of Zurich

  Zurich, Switzerland

Established in 1833, The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland with over 26,000 students and more than 150 institutes. Approximately 17 percent of its 26,000 students and almost 50 per cent of its professors are of foreign nationality. The University of Zurich prides itself as being one of the top research universities in Europe and has produced 12 Nobel Prize Laureates, including Albert Einstein.

 

Applications for undergraduate exchanges in Turkey are currently closed.

Istanbul, Turkey

Bogaziçi University

  Istanbul, Turkey

Boğaziçi University is one of the most prestigious universities in Turkey, with a mission of educating individuals who endorse their institutional values: respect for ethical standards, environmental consciousness, critical thinking ,versatility, and creativity. Boğaziçi strives to generate universal knowledge and contribute to critical thinking, science and technology, while serving humanity. Boğaziçi also aims to expand the scientific horizons in Turkey and contribute to the institutionalization of science, art and culture in modern society. The university’s vision places emphasis on achieving international excellence in education and research and becoming a "green", sustainable university.

Istanbul, Turkey

Koç University

  Istanbul, Turkey

In the years since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey.  Koç's various faculties--Social Sciences and Humanities, Administrative Sciences and Economic, Science, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Medicine, promote strengths in understanding of the human sciences and foster interdisciplinary learning among students across all academic disciplines.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

  Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff University, one of the United Kingdom's most popular higher education institutions, is an internationally recognized center for teaching and research. It was founded in 1883 and is based in the center of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, one of the UK's most vibrant and dynamic cities. It is, however, also a friendly and safe city, compact and easy to walk around. 

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

  Belfast, Northern Ireland

As UK's 9th oldest university, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a world-class institution which prepares students for leadership and citizenship in a global society. Over 100 international students come to Queen's each year to study abroad for a semester or year. QUB is especially well-known in the subject areas of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice and Engineering and Computer Science. On top of quality coursework, Queen's also offers students the opportunity to live and study in Belfast - a vibrant, friendly, and forward-thinking city with a rich past and promising future. 

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

  Birmingham, United Kingdom

University of Birmingham is a global university at the heart of an ambitious city. With its perfect location at the center of England, students have easy access and transportation networks to explore the UK. Birmingham is also known as the youngest city in Europe with 40% of its population under 25 meaning students will have plenty of opportunities within and outside of the classroom to meet friends. Academically, University of Birmingham is a top international research university, which allow students to choose to pursue students within any of their many schools, including Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences which is their Honors College. 

University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

  Edinburgh, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned center for teaching and research. The university is woven deeply into the fabric of the city, with many of the iconic buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and, having consistently ranked amongst the leading 25 universities in the world, is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. With over 28,000 students from over 130 countries at Edinburgh, GW students have the opportunity to interact with a diverse student body while there.

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

  Exeter, England

Home to 18,000 students and located in a growing city, the University of Exeter attracts international students from over 100 countries. Exeter upholds a strong reputation for research and education, while simultaneously offering excellent student support and activities.

Leeds, United Kingdom

University of Leeds

  Leeds, England

Home to over 24,000 undergraduates, the University of Leeds is one of the most popular universities in the United Kingdom. With solid graduate research and an excellent undergraduate teaching reputation, Leeds attracts more than 4,000 international students from over 130 countries.

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Vienna University of Economics and Business

  Vienna, Austria

The International Summer University at WU was established in 1990 and as of today, more than 4,750 students and young business graduates from all over the world have attended the program. The main objective of the ISU is to deepen specific knowledge in core business topics and to provide an education with an international and intercultural perspective.

 

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Latin America

Explore life in the vibrant capital cities in Latin America by studying at one of these excellent and top ranked exchange institutions. Improve your Spanish or Portuguese skills like you never could before!

 

Universidad Torcuato di Tella

Universidad Torcuato di Tella

  Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), with just over 1100 undergraduates, offers smaller class sizes, a very international student body, and challenging courses in the social sciences. UTDT has an outstanding reputation in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, Economics, History, and Law. Its campus is found in the Belgrano neighborhood, a residential area that is just a quick bus ride away from the center of the city.

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While exchange students may be lured by the natural beauty of PUC-Rio (a tropical forest and rivers run right through campus!), the academics are equally impressive. This university of 12,000 undergraduate students has been consistently ranked the best private university in Brazil. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Brazil’s cultural capital known around the world for samba, white-sand beaches, the rainforest, football, gorgeous mountains, colorful festivals, and the carioca laid-back lifestyle in a country quickly becoming one of the most important in the world. No wonder Rio is called the cidade maravilhosa, or the marvelous city.

El Colegio de México

El Colegio de México (Colmex)

  Mexico City, Mexico

El Colegio de Mexico is an outstanding social science and humanities research and teaching institute. With 19% of its faculty and students coming from abroad, El Colegio de Mexico has a vibrant international academic environment. The overall student population is very small but this allows students to fully immerse in the local culture. All coursework is conducted in Spanish and students can apply to take coursework in any department. 

 

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Middle East & North Africa

Immerse yourself in the MENA region for a semester or summer with an unmatched study abroad experience. Engage in diverse classes with a variety of local and other international students.

 

 

Applications for this program are currently closed.

Cairo, Egypt

American University in Cairo (AUC)

  Cairo, Egypt

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region's premier English-language university - an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world's cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.

AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States with certifications to ABET and AACSB. AUC's academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university's rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.

Israel

IDC Herzliya

  Herzliya, Israel

IDC aspires to become a university that brings a distinctive, interdisciplinary experience to Israeli academia. The Center’s main goal is to provide professional training in the fields of business, politics, law, and computer science, with a wide-ranging awareness of the environment in the 21st century. GW students will attend the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS), a part of IDC.

American University of Kuwait

American University of Kuwait (AUK)

  Salmiya, Kuwait

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education established by Amiri Decree 139 in 2003. AUK offers students a quality education based on an American college model through thirteen degree programs. This combination of studies and campus life supports one's personal and professional growth.

Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University (AUI)

  Ifrane, Morocco

Al Akhawayn University, located in Ifrane, is committed to academic excellence. It has a growing reputation for the quality of both its academic programs and its graduates. With its commitment to internationalization on campus, Al Akhawayn aspires to have international students make up 25-30% of its student body.

American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah (AUS)

  Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

American University of Sharjah was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, who envisioned AUS as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Although consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East.

The American University of Sharjah has succeeded in building a multicultural education environment that brings together people form diverse nations and backgrounds. AUS strives to instill in its students the importance of appreciating and understanding diversity, global issues, and their own role in society.

Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University

  Ifrane, Morocco

The principal strength of the Arabic and North African Studies (ARANAS) program is that Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) is a Moroccan public university and as such offers the only Arabic language program in an Arab country where international students are fully integrated into the social, academic and cultural life on campus equally with 600 Moroccan students attending the regular summer session of AUI.

 

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Oceania

Like the idea of studying in the day and surf lessons in the afternoon? That is certainly possible at many of our exchange institutions throughout Australia & New Zealand. Learn about topics like sustainability and environmental efforts and see it in action at places like the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian National University

Australian National University (ANU)

  Canberra, Australia

The Australian National University has a rich history of discovery and culture of enquiry that create an exceptional learning environment for students . Its vibrant student community includes almost 10,000 undergraduates from over 100 different countries. Established by the federal government in 1946 to lead the intellectual development of Australia through research and education of the highest international standards, ANU is one of the world’s leading centers of research and scholarship.

As Australia’s national university, ANU sets the standard in research, teaching and community engagement on issues of national and international significance. ANU students learn from distinguished academics, who are at the forefront of their respective fields, leading and shaping debate, making vital breakthroughs and extending knowledge in new directions worldwide.

Deakin University

Deakin University

  Melbourne, Australia

Established in the 1970s as one of the new generation of Australian universities, Deakin University is a public institution that combines a traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses to its 29,000 students. Deakin’s main campus is in Melbourne at Burwood, but the university has several campuses in Geelong and Warrnambool as well. Deakin has won several awards for its teaching and learning excellence -- a testament to its facilities, flexible study options and curriculum. GW students enroll in any of Deakin's four campuses and select from the wide range of coursework available.

University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

  Melbourne, Australia

The University of Melbourne offers a dynamic, research-driven community and a wealth of cultural, institutional and recreational opportunities for social interaction, leadership and personal development.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second-oldest institution in Australia and the oldest in Victoria. It has over 35,000 students, who are supported by nearly 7,200 staff members, and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. The four pillars of the university are leadership, involvement, volunteerism and service-learning.

University of New South Wales

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

  Sydney, Australia

One of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, the University of New South Wales takes pride in the diversity and quality of its teaching programs. UNSW’s teaching gains strength and currency from its research activities and strong regional and global engagement. Established in 1949, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has over 50,000 students, including more than 14,000 international students from over 130 different countries.

UNSW is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Its motto, Scientia Manu et Mente (Knowledge by Hand and Mind), encapsulates the university's central philosophy of balancing the practical and the scholarly.

University of Sydney

University of Sydney

  Sydney, Australia

Ivy-covered sandstone buildings reflecting a colonial heritage alongside modern structures modeling the country’s high tech and multicultural future, on a campus at the fringe of Sydney's Central Business District are architectural symbols of the University of Sydney's place in Australia’s past and future.

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university and one of the original members of the prestigious Sandstones, the country’'s Ivy League equivalent). The energetic, diverse campus enrolls over 49,000 students from 134 national backgrounds, with almost 11,000 international students.

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

  Auckland, New Zealand

Established in 1883, The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand. With over 41,000 students, it is New Zealand's top research university. Priding itself on academic success, the university also ranks within the top 100 universities in the world.

Is a GW Exchange Right for Me? 

Questions to consider: 

  • Are you independent, self-driven, and prepared to be in a fully immersive environment?
  • Do you feel comfortable being put on the spot in situations where you may be the spokesperson for the U.S. as the only American student or student from a U.S. university?
  • Have you been abroad before in your life? 
  • Would you like to use study abroad as an opportunity to improve your confidence?
  • Are you likely to engage with other students and locals without any pre-planned events or programming?
  • Are you flexible and adaptable to new learning styles and academic structures?
  • Are you prepared to seek out the opportunities you are interested in on your own? (i.e. internships, volunteering, social activities)
  • Does the program offer the coursework you need? Have you verified this in GW CATS?
  • Will this program allow you to achieve your goals for study abroad?

 


GW student Alex LeFavi

Alex LeFavi

University of New South Wales - GW Exchange 
Finance & Entrepreneurship Major 

"Organizing this program was much easier than I originally anticipated. I think GW did a fantastic job initially connecting me to UNSW. Once connected, UNSW told me exactly what steps I needed to take - from where to apply for a visa to signing up for housing. UNSW has a wonderful campus community if you choose to live in the colleges, often organizing sports events, fundraisers, and parties. The best part of this program was the culture of Australia; my classmates were immensely welcoming and it was very easy to find friends when I arrived. A noteworthy class I was excited to take at UNSW was The Marine Environment, where we frequently took field trips to the beautiful local beaches and learned from some of the best researchers in the area."