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International education is grounded in the social sciences drawing many of its insights from economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and anthropology. Thus students who take up studies in international education are well advised to complement their educational studies with serious commitment to one or more of these core disciplines. While international education has one foot in the rich theoretical perspectives of the social sciences, it also steps out into the complexities of the real world through examining the actual practice of education in specific regional contexts. This practice may occur in formal schools and higher educational institutions. It also may occur in war zones, refugee camps, nomadic villages, or other unusual settings.
Graduate study in International Education at The George Washington University prepares individuals from the United States and overseas to pursue leadership positions in a variety of government, business, and non-profit organizations. The program offers students a foundation of international/intercultural awareness and respect; a comparative base of knowledge about traditions and systems of education; analytic skills; and critical perspective.
International education covers a variety of specializations. The GWU program seeks to offer courses related to several of these specializations:
Students in consultation with their advisor are urged to focus on one of these specializations and to select courses that are aligned with this focus. Additionally students in the International Development and Education specialization are urged to consider EDUC 6116 for their quantitative methods requirement.
Foggy Bottom Campus (DC)
36 Credit Hours
Fall: January 15 - priority deadline; April 1 - final deadline
Summer: March 1
Spring: October 1
Semesters for Entry:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Andre Wright, Assistant Director of Admissions
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