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.




Benefits of GW Exchange Programs


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

Program Locations

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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


 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)


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)


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.

South Korea
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. GW has special exchange arrangements with both Korea University College of Engineering and the Korea University School of Business in addition to the University-wide offerings

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



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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, 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.

Czech Republic
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 have the option to enroll in either the East and Central European Studies (ECES) program offered through Charles University's Faculty of the Arts, or participate in the University-wide exchange program for which GW students have the option to take classes within the following participating faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, and Faculty of Science.

The ECES program 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. While the University-wide program offers a wider selection of departments and courses to choose from for exchange students. 



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.

Trinity College Dublin Campus

Trinity College Dublin

 Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity has a tradition of scholarship spanning more than four centuries, and is home to talented and inquiring minds, a liberal education, and research conducted at the frontiers of disciplines. Trinity’s historic campus in the middle of Dublin has attracted visitors from all over the world to see their world-renowned Long Room Library, the medieval manuscript called the Book of Kells, and the beautiful campanile and Georgian squares. If you are looking for an engaging, interesting and stimulating experience at a welcoming, world-class university, Trinity is for you! Trinity has a long history of welcoming study abroad students from all over the world. 

Study abroad students at Trinity apply to up to six areas of study from across Trinity’s three faculties and enroll in modules (classes) from their admitted areas of study on arrival.



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).

Luiss University


Luiss University

Rome, Italy

Luiss is an independent university that evolved out of an earlier Roman institution, the Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978. Throughout its four Departments of Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science, Luiss offers an innovative and sophisticated educational approach.

According to QS rankings, Luiss is ranked 22nd in the world, and 1st in Italy for Political Science. Luiss enters the top 100 also for Business and Law. 

Luiss nourishes an international atmosphere on campus by recruiting high profile academics from around the world and through exchanges with 290 institutions of higher education in 57 countries.

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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. 

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht University, School of Business & Economics

 Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education to students and conducts excellent research, offering an international perspective in the fields of economics and international business management, public policy, governance and sustainability. SBE's research focuses on interdisciplinary solutions to today's global challenges.

SBE’s approach revolves around small-scale teaching methods supported by an electronic learning environment, a portfolio of international study programmes, and strong incentives for top-quality research.

The focus lies on educational innovation. All programmes make use of Problem-Based Learning, with an emphasis on skills development – problem solving, group work, and self-directed learning – to prepare students optimally for the European and international knowledge society.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of two major public universities in Amsterdam. The university is located approximately 30 minutes from the Amsterdam city center and hosts 145 programs. The school is home to over 31,000 students, 5,000 of which are international. 

VU Amsterdam is a multidisciplinary university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences, and medical sciences. The university has a strong foundation in research. GW Students have the option to take classes within the following participating faculties: Faculty of Science, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Religion and Theology. The various faculties offer hundreds of courses in English.


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.

ESADE Law School


ESADE Law School

Barcelona, Spain

Located in Barcelona, Spain, ESADE is home to over 10,000 students who come from 127 different countries and was founded in 1958. ESADE is a global academic institution known for the quality of its education, its international outlook, and its focus on holistic personal development. The university consistently ranks among top institutions internationally for the quality of their education. Its alumni have gone on to pursue meaningful careers at large international companies, as well as in politics.

Barcelona is a hub for international activity, both politically and in the business world. Academics at ESADE are focused around three areas: education, research, and social debate. Students can take courses in English or Spanish. They can follow a variety of classes in Law, Political Science and Economics.

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.

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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. 

King's College London, United Kingdom


King's College London

London, England

King's College London, one of the founding members and most respected colleges of the University of London, has multiple campuses in downtown London, specializing in the humanities, biomedical sciences, and health and life sciences. King's College is home to over 19,000 students, including 4,600 students from around the world. Each year, King's welcomes about 400 study abroad students. 


Queen Mary University of London


Queen Mary University of London

London, England

Queen Mary, University of London, is located in London’s vibrant East End and offers programs in business, social sciences, natural sciences, arts, engineering and mathematical sciences. Queen Mary features the largest self-contained campus in inner London and a highly diverse student body.  It offers the advantage of on-site housing, dining and athletic facilities without the commute which is typical of most London institutions. The campus also hosts an active social scene with clubs, volunteer organizations and cultural activities. Queen Mary’s campus is only a 15 minute tube ride from many of the attractions of London, with the closest underground station only a five minute walk from the campus


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. 

Royal Holloway, University of London


Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, England

Royal Holloway is ranked among the top 10 research universities in the U.K. and offers a wide range of courses in social sciences, sciences, management, and humanities, including drama, theater, and media arts. Students directly enroll into the university and take classes alongside British and other international students. Royal Holloway's campus is a mixture of modern and Victorian-era buildings located on 135 acres of parkland. Dominating the campus is Founder's Hall, opened by Queen Victoria in 1886 to house the College. Campus buildings constructed over the last 15 years provide Royal Holloway with some of the most modern facilities in the U.K. Royal Holloway enrolls over 7,000 students including nationals mostly from the south eastern region of England. International students from more than 120 countries represent a full 20 percent of the student body, creating a dynamic, multinational learning environment.

University College London


University College London

London, England

University College London (UCL) is a multidisciplinary university with strength and depth across the academic spectrum. University College London (UCL) offers students a world-class education with many academic departments spanning a broad spectrum and is excellent for history, English, political science, economics, and psychology majors. Students directly enroll into the university and take classes alongside British and other international students. Every year about 900 study abroad students from all over the world join UCL's population of 12,000 undergraduates. UCL offers students a world-class education with many academic departments spanning a broad spectrum from humanities to engineering, and from life sciences to social sciences. 

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.

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.




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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.



Reichman University (IDC Herzliya)

 Herzliya, Israel

Reichman University (IDC Herzilya), named after founder Professor Uriel Reichman, recently achieved their goal of becoming recognized by the Israeli Council for Higher Education as a fully-fledged university. It was originally established in 1994 as an institution of higher education and over the past decades leading to now, has grown from an institution offering  bachelor's degree in Law, to a university offering three-tier degree programs and a strong research output, recognized nationally and internationally. The University'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 college within Reichman. RRIS was established to allow students from around the world to benefit from the excellent academic programs at Reichman by offering several programs in English. The school’s faculty is world-renowned having earned their degrees from the world’s finest universities. They are determined to help young, bright adults and promising students to develop the skills to become future leaders.

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.

United Arab Emirates
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.

Oceania silhouette with Sydney Opera House


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.

University of Technology, Sydney


University of Technology, Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Join more than 1000 study abroad and exchange students from around the world that UTS welcomes each year.

UTS is a reflection of Sydney’s multicultural diversity. With around 42,600 students from 120 different countries, UTS is an exciting place to be!

Located in the heart of the city, UTS takes a global approach to education that has innovation at its core. They are a university for the real world, aligning all their courses closely with industry needs, so what you learn will prepare you for your future career.

As the top young university in Australia, UTS is future-focused. That’s why they've invested A$1.3 billion to create a dynamic, award-winning and interconnected campus in the heart of Sydney. So you’ll be inspired to learn!

New Zealand
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.

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Victoria University of Wellington

 Wellington, New Zealand

In Wellington you’ll be in the political, scientific and cultural heart of New Zealand, surrounded by arts, culture, mountains, ocean, and lots of great food. You’ll be living in a compact, vibrant, safe, and fun city that Lonely Planet called the coolest little capital in the world.

Victoria University of Wellington offers courses in over 120 subjects. Make the most of your study experience by choosing subjects and courses that are unique to New Zealand and the University, such as Maōri Studies.

Enhance your study abroad by getting involved with our community service and leadership programmes Wellington Plus and the WILP, or join one of over 100 different clubs.


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 in Australia

"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."

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