Students stand together in Shanghai during the course.

China - Survey of International Economics

Students joined Professor Steve Suranovic in Shanghai, China in June of 2013 to study the way that economic policies shape the country's development.

Information for Applicants

Short Term Abroad Programs

Eligibility | How to Apply | Finances | Health Insurance | Pre-Departure Orientation | Non-Participant Accompaniment | Cancellation


In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  1. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher
  2. Be in good judicial and academic integrity standing at the time of application and remain in good standing prior to departure
  3. Meet course pre-requisites (if applicable)
  4. Meet all other requirements of the program as specified by the Faculty Director

Students are not eligible to participate in an Office for Study Abroad short-term abroad program if it overlaps with another short-term abroad program at GW that the student will be attending.

Non-GW students are eligible to apply for some programs and will be enrolled as a GW student during the semester they participate in the Short-Term Abroad Programs.  Students from the WashingtonDC Consortium Schools and GW Alumni are eligible to participate in Short-Term Abroad Programs. However, alumni & students from consortium area schools must pay the full program fee, including tuition. Students must register through the Office for Study Abroad and not through the consortium. 

How to Apply

All Short-Term Abroad Program applications require a personal statement and a university transcript.  Some programs may require other application materials, e.g. interview with the Faculty Director, CV/resume, or other information. For instructions on how to use GW Passport, the online application system, see Using GW Passport.

Pre-Arrival Orientation

All students participating in a Short-Term Abroad Program must attend an Office for Study Abroad pre-arrival health and safety orientation conducted by OSA staff. The orientation meeting times will be announced by the professor. If a student is not able to attend the scheduled pre-arrival health and safety session, then it is his or her responsibility to obtain and read any orientation materials, obtain the required health insurance, and complete any required forms, including emergency contact and participation agreement forms, distributed at the pre-arrival session.

Non-Participant Accompaniment

Non-participants accompanying students, faculty, or staff of GW Study Abroad Programs are not eligible to attend class sessions or other program-related activities during the study abroad program. Class meetings, site visits, field trips, dinners, receptions, program-provided transportation, and all other program-related events are open only to students registered for the course, program faculty, and staff.  Alumni and auditors may join the course only as full fee-paying students. Please be aware that the university will not provide any support services or assume any responsibility for accompanying non-participants.

Students posing in colorful garden in Cuba!

Experiencing Cuba

Professor Ariadna Pichs led a group of students to Cuba in the summer of 2013 to study Spanish and Cuban culture.

On-Point Summer 2013

Student Nick McGrath's amazing profile of soldier Walter J. Gunther, Jr for On-Point magazine.  Each student on the Spring 2013 'The Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944 course in France profiled a soldier who died in the invasion.