Short-Term Program Structure

Short-Term Abroad Programs can be structured in a variety of ways.  Below are some basic parameters of a typical course.

  • Short-Term Abroad Programs can be offered any semester, fall, spring, or summer. Most programs are offered during the summer, over spring break, or during the winter break.
  • Short-Term Abroad Programs typically travel abroad for 1-4 weeks, but can last longer.
  • The entire course may take place abroad or it may contain an embedded overseas component as a complement to an on-campus course.  A course that is hosted entirely abroad may offer online modules prior to travel to prepare students for the trip. 
  • The course may cover topics offered in current curriculum or explore new academic material.
  • Professors can choose to limit applicants to only GW students or have the course open to students from different universities.
  • Enrollment for a Short-Term Abroad Program typically ranges from 8-25 students.

“The short-term study abroad course gave me the chance to interact with students in a variety of different ways, sometimes as a professor, sometimes as a mentor and sometimes even as a parent.  Many opportunities arose (often when least expected) to engage the subject matter in a less formal and more natural way.  The sites that we visited raised questions in the students’ minds that would not have come up in a more traditional classroom setting.  Students, without even knowing it, took much more responsibility for their education.  It was a wonderful experience for me.”  

–Paul Duff, Professor of Religion in Athens, Greece & Istanbul, Turkey

Course meeting with local community leaders

India: Politics of Growth and Development

Professor Emmanuel Teitelbaum led a course to Bangalore, India in June, 2013.  The class studied the causes and effects of development in the region.

Students in village in Kenya

Kenya - Information and Communication Technology and Collective Action

Professor Steven Livingston led a group to Kenya in summer of 2013 to look at the way technology is aiding in the developing African nation.