Orientation

Orientation

Exchange students participate in a week-long mandatory orientation program prior to the start of the semester. This orientation is run by the Office for Study Abroad and GW student  volunteers, who have recently studied abroad.  Orientation sessions are designed to answer questions about billing, class registration, and adjusting to life in the United States.  Exchange students also are given assistance in setting up bank accounts, purchasing cell phones, learning the metro system and many more essentials. Other orientation events vary by semester. In past years, activities have ranged from a day-trip to a local tourist destination to visiting the Air and Space museum and touring D.C.’s famous Eastern Market. Our goal is to create a fun and helpful first week on campus that helps prepare our international exchange students for campus life and connects them to GW students from the start.  To be prepared to participate fully in orientation, students should plan to arrive on campus at least one week prior to the start of each semester.