International Applicants

The student community at the George Washington University is diverse and we welcome students from all over the world to join us. If you are an international student interested in applying to a graduate program at GW, you must follow the same application process and submit the same general application materials as your peers, along with some additional requirements.

Application Tips
  • When completing the application, provide your full legal name, as listed in your passport. If your transcripts or other supporting documents were issued in another name, also include that name on your application and attach a letter of explanation and evidence of the name change.
  • Include a photocopy of the biographic/identification page of your passport with your application.
International Transcripts

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an accredited NACES member. The evaluation (course by course) should be a detailed document including all course titles, credit hours, grades, grade point averages (GPAs), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral.

English Language Testing

Applicants whose native language is not English or who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Tests must be taken within 2 years from the intended term of entry.
Please use the institution code 5246 to have your TOEFL scores sent to GW. A code for IELTS is not required.
To be considered for admission, there are minimum required scores that you need to meet.

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0.
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper based or 80 in internet based test.

To be considered for a graduate assistantship or University fellowship, the minimum required scores are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper based or 100 in internet based test.

Applicants may be waived of the English language testing requirement only if: the applicant has a conferred 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 institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency. Applicants who do NOT have a conferred degree (have not yet graduated), but are in the process of completing one, will need to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 3.3 at the time of application.

English for Academic Purposes

If you do not meet the required scores noted below, then you are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course during your first semester at GW. This will be indicated in your program plan of study. In the first EAP class meeting, you will be given the EAP Diagnostic Test to confirm correct EAP placement. You should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete your degree program.

The minimum scores that you must receive in order to waive the EAP requirement are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper based or 100 in internet based test.
Student Visa Request Process

Requesting an I-20/DS-2019

The George Washington University may not approve a student visa document (I-20/DS-2019) until the applicant has submitted financial certification showing sufficient funds to pay for the educational expenses. The process to obtain a student visa from a US consulate abroad usually takes a minimum 3 months. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants submit their financial certificate and supplemental documents upon application for admission.

For more information on requesting an I-20/DS-2019, please refer to the GSEHD Visa Request Process.

The deadlines to submit visa request documents for specific start terms can be found below.

Students admitted for Spring 2019:

The deadline to submit documents has passed. Please contact your admissions coordinator at to request a deferral.

Students admitted for Summer 2019:

Initial student submission deadline (Summer semester 1): March 25, 2019
SEVIS Transfer student submission deadline (Summer semester 1): April 15, 2019

Initial student submission deadline (Summer semester 2): May 6, 2019
SEVIS Transfer student submission deadline (Summer semester 2): May 27, 2019

Students admitted for Fall 2019:

Initial student submission deadline: June 24, 2019
SEVIS Transfer student submission deadline: July 29, 2019

If you have any questions about this process, please email us at