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Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is an International Exchange?

Who is eligible for an International Exchange?

When should I study on an International Exchange?

Application

How do I apply?

When are applications due?

Is there a language requirement for International Exchange?

Finances

How will my tuition be billed?

Will my financial aid, fellowships, and/or scholarships apply?

How much should I budget for the International Exchange?

Academics

How does my credit transfer back to my degree at GW?

How many credits can I transfer in from an international exchange program?

Do credits taken on an international exchange count as credits taken outside the School of Business?

Can I fulfill core course requirements on the International Exchange?

Where do I find the courses available for me to take at the Exchange Partner Institution?

How many courses should I register for?

Can I receive credit for the language course I take abroad?

Do the grades I receive on the International Exchange affect my GPA?

Pre-Departure

When can I purchase my flight?

Will I need additional insurance coverage during my semester abroad?

When should I arrive?

Can I bring my partner/spouse on the exchange program?

Can I complete an internship while abroad?


What is an International Exchange?

The GW School of Business (GWSB) has partnerships with prestigious business schools across the globe, allowing GWSB graduate students to directly enroll in partner universities for one semester or module. In exchange, the partner university sends graduate students who directly enroll in GW classes. Direct enrollment heightens cultural immersion and language acquisition while allowing exchange students access to hundreds of courses across a variety of topics and full access to student services available at the partner institution.

Who is eligible for an International Exchange?

All School of Business graduate students should have completed at least one semester on campus before the start of their exchange program. Exchange programs are best suited for candidates who have spent a full academic year on campus. Qualified applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above) and meet any additional admissions criteria specific to their chosen exchange program. All GWSB degree-seeking graduate students, including domestic and international students may apply to these opportunities.

When should I study on an International Exchange?

International Exchange is recommended for students who are in the final semester(s) of their graduate program and have completed most, if not all, of their core degree requirements. Other considerations may include: GWSB course offerings, engagement in student organizations, and recruitment periods for sectors of interest. All students MUST meet with their academic advisors regularly as well as the F. David Fowler Career Center prior to their International Exchange.

How do I apply?

Students interested in International Exchange are required to meet with Global & Experiential Education to discuss GWSB exchange opportunities prior to submitting an application. Email sbintl@gwu.edu to set up an appointment. After meeting with G&EE, students access the online application by selecting the partner institution on the G&EE website and clicking on the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. Email sbintl@gwu.edu with any questions regarding the online application.

When are applications due?

International Exchange application deadlines are March 15th for fall enrollment abroad and September 15th for spring enrollment abroad.

Is there a language requirement for International Exchange?

GWSB Graduate Exchange programs do not have a language requirement. Coursework is offered in English at each institution. At partner universities where coursework is also offered in the native language, exchange students must demonstrate sufficient proficiency as determined by the partner institution prior to enrollment. Please contact the partner university for specific requirements if you are interested in enrolling in coursework in another language.

How will my tuition be billed?

GWSB students participating in a semester exchange program will continue to pay GW graduate tuition & fees during the international exchange. All students will be billed for the amount of credits they are transferring back to GW. If a student is applying 9 credits from the partner institution, s/he will be billed for 9 credits by GW. The maximum amount of credit students can transfer back from an international exchange is 12 credit hours.

Will my financial aid, fellowships, and/or scholarships apply?

One of the benefits of continuing to pay GW graduate tuition & fees for an international exchange is that students' financial aid still applies. The debt ceiling for student loans can be raised if students need additional loans for their semester abroad. Please contact Financial Aid for more information. Global & Experiential Education can provide support letters to students who are requesting an increase in their debt ceiling. With regard to fellowships and/or scholarships, check the award letter to see if it can be applied to courses taken abroad.

How much should I budget for the International Exchange?

Cost of living estimates are included on each program's website and are based on information provided by the partner institutions. Note that most estimates are provided in local currency and are expected to be used as a guide. The estimates do not include the cost of GW tuition for the semester the student is participating in international exchange. Tuition is based on the GW student's home tuition rate and number of credit hours the student will be transferring back to GW.

How does my credit transfer back to my degree at GW?

Students should consult with their academic advisor prior to applying for an international exchange program. In order to maximize their time abroad, students should always work with their academic advisor in order to ensure that classes taken are in line with their course of study and career goals. After coursework is completed an official transcript from the institution will be sent to the School of Business for evaluation and assignment of credit. Through a collaboration of the student's appropriate academic advisor and Global & Experiential Education, the School of Business will determine the GW equivalencies for courses taken at our exchange partner schools.

How many credits can I transfer in from an international exchange program?

Depending upon students' home graduate program, students can transfer up to 12 credits from a partner institution, as long as they receive a B grade or higher in each course.

Do credits taken on an international exchange count as credits taken outside the School of Business?

No. One of the benefits of participating in an International Exchange is that the credits are considered within the School of Business and do not affect the 6 credits allowed by the School of Business for classes taken outside the university.

Can I fulfill core course requirements on the International Exchange?

No. Core courses must be taken at GWSB. Courses taken on an International Exchange generally count as electives.

Where do I find the courses available for me to take at the Exchange Partner Institution?

Students are encouraged to consult the partner university's website for links to the most up to date course listing available. Global & Experiential Education recommends that students consult with their academic advisor regarding the courses they are interested in taking. Course listings are not a guarantee that the course will be offered so it is best to have double the number of options for the amount of courses you will be taking abroad. It is the students' responsibility to consult with their academic advisors and partner institutions regarding application of credit and registration.

How many courses should I register for?

Students must be registered full time at the partner institution. Please consult the partner university to see if they have an enrollment requirement for exchange students. This will vary depending on immigration rules of the host country.

Can I receive credit for the language course I take abroad?

Although it is highly recommended that students enroll in foreign language courses at the partner institution, you are not able to use foreign language coursework credit toward your School of Business degree or to meet the full time enrollment requirement.

Do the grades I receive on the International Exchange affect my GPA?

Students' grades from International Exchange do not affect their GW GPA. In order for the credit earned on International Exchange to be applied to students' GWSB degree, they must receive the equivalent of a B or higher.

When can I purchase my flight?

Students are advised NOT to purchase their flight until they have received an acceptance letter from the partner university. When purchasing flights it is important for students to take into consideration the following:

  • Will I need to find housing when I arrive?
  • Date of the partner university orientation (normally conducted before the start of classes.)
  • When is the last day of final exams?
  • Immigration regulations regarding arrival prior to the program start date, or departure after the end of the program.

Will I need additional insurance coverage during my semester abroad?

All students are required to have insurance that is valid outside of the United States and provide medical coverage, evacuation, and repatriation services. Global & Experiential Education does not purchase travel insurance for students participating in semester exchanges. Many GW students use Summit America an organization that allows students to purchase medical insurance at a rate of $1.25/day of study abroad. Check with the partner institution regarding any health insurance requirements of the host institution or country.

When should I arrive?

Global & Experiential Education recommends considering the items mentioned in the question on purchasing airfare above and consulting with the partner university if there is a specific date they must arrive by.

Can I bring my partner/spouse on the exchange program?

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. Please be aware that the university will not provide any support services or assume any responsibility for accompanying non-participants.

Can I complete an internship while abroad?

It is common that the student is responsible for finding an internship. Exchange students have access to the partner university's career center, but keep in mind there may be different visa requirements and additional paperwork through the partner university if students plan on attempting to work during their semester abroad.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Global & Experiential Education office at the information below:

Phone: 202-994-1212
Email: sbintl@gwu.edu
School of Business
Duquès Hall, Suite 550
2201 G. St. NW
Washington DC, 20052