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Study Abroad FAQs

Why should I study abroad?

  • Broaden your firsthand experience with other cultures and viewpoints.
  • Meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Explore new interests.
  • Gain new insights and perpectives while building new relationships.
  • As a means of discerning what you want to do in life.
  • Expand your employment qualifications and opportunities.

What if I am not fluent in a second language?

Most countries offer programs with some coursework in English. In addition, there are many English speaking countries that have programs such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the British Isles. Please note that the School of Business does encourage the pursuit of a second language.

Where do I start?

  • Decide what your expectations are of studying abroad.
  • RESEARCH: Look through the Office for Study Abroad’s website which lists program information. Go to the Study Abroad fairs and speak with representatives. Speak to other students who have previously attended the program(s) in which you are interested. Attend an Information Session sponsored by GWSB and the Office for Study Abroad. These dates may be found at www.studyabroad.gwu.edu and will be published in the weekly GWSB e-newsletter.
  • Speak with a GWSB Study Abroad Advisor in the Advising Center to see how the program will fit into your BBA or BACCY curriculum. Walk-in advising hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; afternoon appointments may be scheduled in advance.

Who is my GWSB Study Abroad Advisor?

GWSB Study Abroad advisors are:
Tiffany Wiggins | last names A-L | twigg920@gwu.edu
Andrea Cappello | last names M-Z | acappello@gwu.edu

Will my credits be transferred back to GW after departure?

Most of the time. If you work carefully with the Advising Center, we can plan what courses you will take while you are away and have the courses approved prior to your departure.
Please remember that you must receive a grade of “C” or higher in order to transfer credit back to GW.

What if I change the courses I take abroad after getting different courses approved?

GWSB students are responsible for being familiar with their academic program. If a student takes a course that is not approved prior to departure, they will either have to get the approval while abroad or once they return. Students must go to the appropriate department at GW to seek course approval.

Who do I contact to get abroad courses approved?

All courses taken abroad must be approved by the appropriate GW faculty member in order to be transferred back to GW; this applies to classes that will be used to fulfill liberal arts and elective requirements, as well as those that fulfill business requirements. Most professors will need to see a course syllabus in order to review the class for approval. A list of Study Abroad course approval contacts can be accessed here.

What if the program I am considering is not approved by GW’s Office for Study Abroad?

Please refer to the information about the petition process on the Study Abroad website.