International Student Admissions



International students must follow the same undergraduate admissions process and graduate admissions process as all other applicants but must also submit additional materials. 

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at, find more information through the International Services Office or learn about how to apply as an undocumented student



Undergraduate Programs That Accept International Students

International students who enroll in either program need a visa qualifying document, either an I-20 form for an F-1 visa or a DS-2019 form for a J-1 visa.


Graduate Programs That Accept International Students

International students who enroll in these programs need a visa qualifying document, either an I-20 form for an F-1 visa or a DS-2019 form for a J-1 visa.

""Visa Request & Financial Certification

International applicants requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW must submit the following materials in addition to an admissions application:
•    A completed Visa Request Form (PDF) signed by the applicant and/or any sponsor(s)
•    Financial support documents showing proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational costs and living expenses for the full length of your academic program
•    A legible copy of the biographical page of your current passport
•    Copy of the Dependent Information Form and biographical page of current passport of dependent (if you are bringing a dependent)

Applicants currently in the US must also submit the following:
•    A legible copy of the front and back page of your I-94
•    If you are on F-1 Optional Practical Training, your employment authorization card
•    If you are or were in F-1 or J-1 status within the past year, copies of your I-20 or DS-2019
•    Copy of our U.S. Visa
•    Completed SEVIS transfer form (if you are currently in the U.S.)

For more information about the international student application process and related resources, please visit the GW Graduate Admissions website. ""

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English Proficiency Requirements

Submission of the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearsons Test of English (PTE) academic is required of applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language (PDF). Exceptions to this policy may be granted to applicants who hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree:

  • From an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located; or
  • From an accredited institution (PDF) by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.


​English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE) may not be more than two years old.  To ensure TOEFL scores are sent to GW, please use institutional code 5246.  An institutional code is not required to send IELTS or PTE scores to GW.


To be considered for admission, the minimum required scores are:

    • On-Campus Applicants: Paper-based – 550; Internet-based – 80
    • Online Program Applicants: Paper-based – 600; Internet-based – 100
    • On-Campus Applicants: 6.0 overall, with no band score below 5.0
    • Online Program Applicants: 7.0 overall, with no band score below 6.0
  • PTE
    • On-Campus Applicants: 53
    • Online Program Applicants: 68


Students with scores below the minimum required may be eligible to apply to the program with an additional requirement to take Applied English Studies courses.


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English for Academic Purposes

Some international students are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in their first semester at GW. The required course will be indicated in the student’s letter of admission. Those who are assigned EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete their degree. EAP courses are not available online.

Students with minimum English language test scores or higher are exempt from the EAP course requirement:

    • Paper-based – 600
    • Internet-based – 100
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with no band score below 6.0
  • PTE: 68




International Credentials

All international transcripts must be submitted to an approved, accredited independent evaluation agency prior to submission.  A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services is available through National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Be sure to request a detailed course-by-course evaluation showing all course titles, credit hours, grades, recommended United States degree equivalency, grade point average (GPA) and date of degree conferral.