Non-GW Study

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Some programs are not considered “GW Study Abroad”

Outside of GW Study Abroad, there are other forms of study away from GW which may contribute to a GW degree. If carried out internationally, these may include studying:

  • During summer term, winter break, or other short term in another country through direct student enrollment at a foreign university or through direct student enrollment with a study abroad program provider.
  • During a semester away from GW, but not on a GW-approved Study Abroad program (this includes studying in one’s home country).
  • Through any program that is not billed through GW and not shown on the student's individual account.

The above non-GW modes of study are known as “Study Away.” GW does not approve and is not involved in Study Away programs, including emergency and incident response. Students who pursue Study Away programs are doing so independently. If you are unsure whether your program qualifies as GW Study Abroad, please click here.

If transferring credit to GW is anticipated as a result of participation in Study Away courses or programs, the course(s) must be pre-approved by the relevant faculty, school-based advisors, and the Office of the Registrar.

Students are responsible for exploring program options independently. Once a program is under consideration for transferring credit into a GW undergraduate degree program, Academic Advisors will be the first point of contact.

There are limitations to non-GW modes of Study Away carried out internationally:

  • Credit must have been taken at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education of the country where the program is located.
  • A limit of 9 credits (or 3 courses to a maximum of 12 credits total) is allowed for all such programs toward any undergraduate degree at GW.

Further information can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.