GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange

The Office for Study Abroad (OSA) provides and facilitates quality international educational opportunities at The George Washington University.

As educators, we promote the academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development of students before, during, and after their study abroad experiences. We respond effectively to student needs, contribute to campus internationalization, and foster cultural understanding and self-awareness among the student body. The OSA primarily works with undergraduate students; some short-term, faculty-led graduate programs are administered through the OSA as well.

Operating as usual


GW Exchange - University of Sydney

Here’s a look into GW Exchange student Christian Santamaria’s last few days abroad:

Finally traveled to the famous Bay of Fire where I am standing on a boulder on the beach on beautiful night sky! Met a ton of friends here and had an amazing time exploring the beaches and tasting amazing foods. Can’t wait to come back!


Thinking about studying abroad but worried about the level of immersion? Check out this post!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 04/26/2023

Don’t you just wish you were in Chile right now? 🇨🇱

Thinking of studying abroad in a future semester!? Consider GW Chile - now offering both a Spanish and English track! Spring 2024 applications are just around the corner (opening in July!)

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 03/02/2023

Ever thought of studying in Ecuador? Sarah Glenn (GWSB) just returned from a fall semester with IES Quito! Looks like she had an amazing time!

📸 1: Laguna de Cuicocha at the foot of Cotacachi volcano
📸 2: Basilica in Quito

Consider spending a fall semester in Quito as part of the “Fall Abroad Experience” program and qualify for early spring registration at GW! Applications for IES Quito close 3/30!


Some people search on youtube, “Being black in ____”. Others try to ask friends or family that have traveled abroad. You’re not alone! The Office for Study Abroad in collaboration with YBPIA is hosting this panel event on "Being Black Abroad" - a deep dive into the Black experience abroad from a student and staff perspective. Join OSA to learn more about the Black experience, the process, and the opportunities for going abroad." The event will be held February 22nd from 2-3pm.

RSVP IN BIO! Open to all students


Looking for a plan for Valentine’s day? Well you’re in luck, the office for study abroad along with ISO have partnered up to bring you: PALENTINE’S DAY! Come ready to mingle, make crafts, enjoy some delectable sweets and most importantly meet other students going abroad as well as international students. We will be meeting in the continental ballroom from 3-5pm. See you there!

GW Office for Study Abroad | The George Washington University 01/12/2023

Good morning! We are sad to say that this page will continue to be here and represent our office but it will no longer be active. However, to stay up to date with us and/or if you are interested in studying abroad as a GW Student, please feel free to follow us on:

and check out our website:

GW Office for Study Abroad | The George Washington University The Office for Study Abroad (OSA) provides and facilitates quality international educational opportunities at the George Washington University.


Celebrate a classic U.S. holiday - Halloween🎃 - with the Office for Study Abroad and the International Services Office! We are inviting our inbound exchange students studying abroad here at GW and our outbound exchange students, whether recently returned or applicants who are heading out shortly, to join us for our Halloween festivities. RSVP here:

Limited pumpkin supply will be available but feel free to bring your own pumpkin if you would like!



Everything you need to know about financing your time abroad can be learned here! Next week: September 21st, 2022 from 1-2pm, We’ll be diving into all things money! We'll be going over the cost of studying abroad at GW including billable and non-billable expenses in addition to exploring funding and scholarship opportunities. RSVP here:

Can’t make it for this session? That is okay! We will have 1 more Funding Study Abroad session on October 3rd. Stay up to date with our events by clicking the link in our bio!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 03/04/2021

✨Meet Peer Advisor, Ali✨

Ali is a Senior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Psychology. In the Spring of 2020, Ali studied abroad in Gold Coast, Australia through Arcadia University at Bond University. Ali has used her study abroad experience to build upon her resume and as talking points in interviews. Her experience abroad gave her insight on different and new ways in which she can learn and understand concepts. She also got to explore new topics that she would never have learned otherwise, such as taking an Australian History class! Her abroad experience has furthered her desire to travel abroad in the future and continue to learn more about other countries and cultures. Ali loved her abroad experience and hopes to help other students find the right program for them!

Check out the link in our bio to set up an appointment to meet with a peer advisor!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 03/03/2021

✨Meet Peer Advisor, Yash✨

Yash is a senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Business Administration. He studied abroad during the Fall 2019 semester in Sydney, Australia with the University of Sydney GW Exchange. At the university, he was able to take unique classes such as Australian Sport and Culture, Outdoor Education in New South Wales, and Economics in Oceania. During his time down under, he also scuba dived along the Great Barrier Reef, met kangaroos and koalas, camped in national parks, and visited both New Zealand and Fiji. Studying Abroad taught Yash valuable skills including nonverbal communication, adaptability, and the importance of remaining calm in stressful situations, all of which he has utilized in his current work experiences/internships. Being surrounded by people from all over the world inspired Yash upon his return to GW to take classes in international relations and global health in order to understand comparative health systems. Yash is super excited to be working in the office this year and is looking forward to helping students plan their best semester yet!

Schedule a time to meet with a peer advisor through the link in our bio!


Tomorrow is the last day to learn more about the Global Bachelor’s Program in anticipation of the March 15 deadline!

Join us tomorrow from 12:30-1:30pm EST to hear from program staff and students from the Belfast and Shanghai cohorts! Ask questions and meet others you may be going abroad with!

Register with the link in our bio!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 03/02/2021

Have you met with our Study Abroad Peer Advisors? Hear what studying abroad is like from first hand experience!

It’s been awhile so let’s re-introduce them! Check out to make an appointment with them!

✨ Meet Min ✨

Min is a graduating senior in the Elliott School majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy. She is in the Global Bachelor’s Program and she studied abroad in Shanghai, China (Spring 2019) with the cohort and Amman, Jordan (Fall 2019) through the Middlebury School in Jordan. Her study abroad experience has led her to pursue law school to study international law. The experiences also helped her diversify her resume, where she worked and volunteered during her semesters and summer abroad. Studying in Shanghai and Amman has also solidified her Arabic and Chinese language skills, further strengthening her professional profile. She is super excited to share her experiences abroad and also talk about what it is like studying abroad from GWU as an international student!


We are one week away from the new deadline of March 9th!

There’s still time to apply if you hurry! If you’ve already started an app, don’t forget to submit before the deadline at 11:59pm PST (check the map for what time that means for YOU!)

Our Gilman advisor will certify applications after you’ve submitted and after the March 9 deadline but before March 16!

You could be awarded up to $5,000 so don’t let this moment pass you by!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 03/01/2021

Today is the day - taking over!

It's never too soon to start planning for your study abroad program and at , we work hard to provide program options to meet your needs! With 25+ sites across the globe, plus semester, summer, and virtual terms available, there's a program that fits your major and schedule. Will you eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam or ride camels in Amman? Study business in Barcelona or communications in Prague? You decide!

Check out our insta stories today to learn more about options with CIEE and ask any questions you may have!!


Celebrating study abroad all day every day but especially today on Tell us how study abroad impacted you!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 02/19/2021

CET is taking over our stories today to talk all things study abroad!

As a GW student, you could spend a semester or year in Greater China, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Italy, Brazil, or Colombia.

Keep an eye on our stories today to ask questions and get answers and follow for more!


Meet Cidnei Rucker!

“Hi! I am a senior in the Business School, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. As an international business student, I always knew that I wanted to study in London, a city home to several of my dream companies but also a city known for being extremely expensive. Fortunately, as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, I had less worries about expenses abroad and so can future students. The process of applying to the scholarship may seem intense, as one must submit two essays about the following: how the scholarship will help you achieve your goals and how you will serve as a recipient when you return. One will also need to fill out several forms, meet with a study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor during the process; however, the hard work is worth it! Studying abroad can be extremely expensive and a stressful process because of finances; however, the Gilman Scholarship is a life changer. “

Will change your life too? This application cycle’s deadline is March 2! Less than 2 weeks away...

Receiving a Pell Grant? Come talk to us about ! Sign up for an advising appointment!


Meet Jennifer Cuyuch!

Jennifer is a Junior at the School of Media and Public Affairs studying Political Communication with a minor in Spanish and Photography. In the spring of 2020, Jennifer went abroad to Seville, Spain. She is a Gilman Scholarship recipient and says this opportunity shaped her life in ways unimaginable. Jennifer took video production, photography, and literature courses in the Spanish language, fully immersing herself in the Seville community. Highlights from her time abroad include visiting Morocco, photographing and interviewing residents during the International Women's March, and making life-long friendships. During her free time, Jennifer likes to run and explore different restaurants and coffee shops. She is currently in New Jersey, taking online classes, and looks forward to hearing from anyone interested in learning more about Seville or the Gilman Scholarship program. Interested in hearing more about Jennifer’s experience? Check her out

Have you started a application yet!? If so, join us on Thursday, February 18th at 1pm EST for our Gilman Essay Writing Workshop with the Writing Center! Register with the Events link in our bio


Happy 200th Birthday, !! We love being a part of the experience and the GW journey!

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Meet Mariela Cabanillas!

Mariela is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Creative Writing. Additionally, she is a Cisneros scholar with the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at GW. During the Spring semester of 2020, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile as part of the GW Chile program. Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, with roots in Peru and Chile, she was excited to connect with a part of her culture through studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile while immersing herself in Chilean culture. As a Gilman Scholar recipient, she highlights her experience as a first-generation college student that motivated her to study abroad and apply for the Gilman scholarship.

Don’t let an amazing opportunity pass you by! Sign up for a meeting with you study abroad advisor to learn if the is for you!


Interested in the GW Global Bachelor’s Program!? Want to make study abroad a central part of your degree with a kickoff cohort semester in either Shanghai or Belfast? Then next week is full of events for you!

MONDAY 2/8 - join us in collaboration with the Writing Center for assistance in drafting your Personal Statement for your GBP application in GW Passport

TUESDAY 2/9 - join us in collaboration with CCAS for a panel info session on GBP! Not in CCAS? No worries, there will be ESIA and GWSB panels in the weeks to follow as well!!

All sessions begin at 5pm EST in WebEx! Register for any and all GBP sessions with the Events link in our bio!

Photos from GW Office for Study Abroad and Student Exchange's post 01/26/2021

Bonjour! Salut! Monika Markley, University Relations Manager here taking over today to share with you all things study abroad in the Francophone world—if you are a French speaker, this is for you! Check out our Stories throughout the day to learn more about your options with APA. I will be on hand to answer questions so feel free to DM or comment below!

Semester/Academic Year Programs (GW-approved programs) ➡️

🇫🇷 Paris – for the dedicated French speaker who is ready to vive la France!

🇫🇷🇲🇦🇸🇳 Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal – for the adventurous French speaker interested in history, international affairs, and immigration

Summer Programs (Non-GW Study Away) ➡️

🇫🇷 Paris Internships – for the French speaker ready for work experience after a semester abroad

🇸🇳 Dakar – for the spirited French speaker interested in African arts, literature, and political science

🇲🇶 French Antilles – for the introspective French speaker interested in the effects of immigration and slavery and environmental sustainability

🇲🇦 Coming soon! Morocco – for beginner and advanced Arabic speakers + French speakers ready to take a comparative lens to Morocco and France


In the spirit of , we wanted to share with you some more Gilman news!

Join ‘s weekly Gilman Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions where applicants, parents, advisors, and others will have the opportunity to hear from alumni on the benefits of being a Gilman Scholar and the impact of their experiences abroad. They will answer all of your questions, big or small. These AMAs are offered at 3pm ET every Friday on ’s Instagram Live and every Thursday at 3pm on Zoom (check the link in bio!) for the March 2021 Deadline.


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There’s still time to register for the first 101 session happening today at 3:30pm!

Use the link in our bio to register and we’ll see you there!

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