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Global Opportunities

George Washington University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to George Washington University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at George Washington University!


The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington's vision of an institution in the capital of the United States dedicated to education and the preparation of future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. In addition to engaging in rigorous academic programs, GW students value the energy and excitement of the university's social and service-oriented communities. Students take full advantage of the fact that the world intersects GW's campus and participate in a wide range of cultural, political, culinary, and social ventures off campus.


Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital and one of the most livable cities on the East Coast, is a welcoming and dynamic urban centre filled with students and young professionals. With residents of every nationality and culture, D.C. truly brings the world together to do the nation’s business.

Exchange students quickly discover the many amenities and activities that Washington, D.C., offers to enhance their time at GW, including museums, restaurants, shopping, walking and biking trails, as well as a full array of professional sports teams, festivals, and cultural celebrations.

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

  • Semester 1: August to December
  • Semester 2: January to May 

For more information, visit GWU academic calendar


Exchange students may enrol in any of GW’s six undergraduate schools and take undergraduate courses in any subject area. A sample of the various disciplines includes:

  • American Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Marketing
  • Media and Public Affairs
  • Political Science

Exchange students may not enrol in these courses: graduate-level courses (labelled 4999 and above), courses in the fields of interior design & architecture, law, nursing, medicine, or courses in the Semester in Washington Program (denoted as PGMT).

Students are encouraged to consult the GW Bulletin and Schedule of Classes when preparing for their course registration. 


Students need to take 4 x 3 credit modules per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Campus housing is the most convenient place for students to reside while studying at GW. Over 7,000 students live on campus and enjoy the proximity to the academic buildings, library, dining hall, basketball stadium, and Office for Study Abroad.

Exchange students are guaranteed housing on campus and are housed in apartment-style dorms (including a kitchen) with two or more suitemates.

Find out more about housing and residences

Go to exchange student housing application.

Cost of Living

  • Estimated Room Expenses $7,787 (1 semester), $15,574 (Academic year)
  • Estimated Board $2,110 (1 semester),  $4,220 (Academic year)
  • Local Transportation $550 (1 semester), $1,100 (Academic year)
  • Medical Insurance $1,665 (1 semester), $2,770 (Academic year)
  • Books and Supplies $680 (1 semester),  $1,360 (Academic year)
  • Miscellaneous $790 (1 semester), $1,580 (Academic year)

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit the Disability Support Services page.

Campus Life

During your time at GW, you’ll likely find fellow Colonials who share your interests. Whether it's leadership, politics, arts and culture, athletics or service that moves you, GW students engage in more than 450 clubs and student organizations on campus.

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 GWU Exchange Programme Fact Sheet [PDF 471KB]