Global Engagement

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is committed to research, academic programs and initiatives of global importance in the field of education. GSEHD’s scholarship and teaching include areas such as comparative education, global citizenship, education for development, and cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom.

Academic Programs

GSEHD offers the following global academic programs for students with a variety of backgrounds and interests:

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: For information about applying to all GSEHD programs, please visit the admissions page and click on “International Applicants”

The GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development supports a program of research, outreach, teaching, and mentoring of a new generation of educators, working on education for global citizenship and social equity and inclusion. The GW UNESCO Fellows program, part of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development, provides students the opportunity to intern at a UNESCO field office overseas, experiencing international development and non-profit management first hand.
Faculty-Led Experiences

GSEHD prepares graduates for careers in an increasingly interconnected world by broadening perspectives and developing cultural competencies. On faculty-led study tours, students engage with partners and institutions at international conferences, academic exchanges, research practicums, and training workshops.

Trips in the Academic Year 2017-2018:


    As part of an annual academic exchange to Cuba housed by the International Education Program, students will participate in Búsquedas Investigativas, an international education research practicum, with scholars and practitioners throughout the U.S. and Cuba. The exchange facilitates individual student research projects on topics such as values education, citizenship education, teacher training, international higher education, and critical perspectives of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender in education. While pursuing research, students will work directly with scholarly networks through collaborative workshops, site visits, panels and lectures with Cuban educators.

    For more information on previous research projects or participation requirements, please contact the International Education Program at


      Students in the Human and Organizational Learning Program’s course International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations will travel to Newcastle, England with Dr. Maria Cseh to participate in the 19th Academy of Human Resource Development Conference. Students will study the impact of culture and globalization on human and organizational learning practices in the U.S. and around the world, as well as adult learning and organizational change approaches that develop a global workforce.

      For more information and requirements for participation, please contact


        Dr. Meggan Madden, along with Dr. Olivia Blackmon, GW adjunct professor in sociology, will take a group of students to Ghana to explore the role that social entrepreneurship can play in the education sector. Students will learn about and practice design thinking and stay in home-stays in rural Ghana.

        For more information and participation requirements, please contact


          Dr. Meggan Madden will guide students on a GW-GSEHD research program in Japan as part of the Kakehashi Project. The students will meet with policy-makers, school and university administrators, researchers, and students, while conducting individual research projects on topics of importance in the Japanese education system. Past Kakehashi Project tours have been led by Dr. James Williams, as well as Dr. Madden.

          For more information about the participants’ experiences, please visit their blogs: (2014, 2015, 2017)

          Recent Study Trips Have Included:


            Dr. Laura Engel and adjunct professor Taylor Woodman, along with master's and doctoral students from GW-GSEHD and University of Maryland, took part in a 10-day international research practicum, International Investigations in Cuban Education . The group worked with the Association of Cuban Educators under the name, "Búsquedas Investigativas". Students conducted research through site visits to schools and universities in Havana and Mayabeque provinces, engagement with Cuban educators, and a visit to the UNESCO office in Havana.
            This is an annual opportunity and students from GSEHD have participated in this experience for over 20 years.


            Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser led a study program to Berlin and Bonn, Germany, focusing on the internationalization of European higher education using Germany as a case study. GW master’s students met with experts at 15 different higher education institutions, foundations, think tanks, and ministry offices for their insights and recommendations. The group also took in some local activities, including a live broadcast of a Europa Cup soccer match, a networking reception overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, and cultural excursions to historic sites.


            Dr. Maria Cseh and GW-GSEHD students traveled to Ireland to explore the impact of culture and globalization on the lives of individuals, organizations, and societies. Through cultural and organizational visits and participation in the 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Across Europe, students examined models and conceptual frameworks of culture to understand the nature of learning, change, and leadership across cultures with a focus on Ireland and the United States.


            Dean Michael Feuer led two GSEHD delegations to Israel to explore collaborations and partnerships with researchers, policy makers, and higher education administrators, and for discussions regarding the rising economic inequality and educational attainment and achievement in Israel and internationally. The first delegation (2012) included meetings at Western Galilee College, Mandel Leadership Institute, and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The second delegation (2014) included meetings at the above locations, as well as visits to the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Gordon College of Education and the Initiative for Applied Education Research.

            Northern Ireland

            Dr. Colin Green directed a 7-day study abroad trip to Northern Ireland over spring break with GW students from the International Education Program and Curriculum and Instruction Program. The visit was the culmination of their academic work in Dr. Green's course, Identity, Pluralism and Schooling in Conflict-Affected Societies . The group visited The Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen's University Belfast; Lagan College, N. Ireland's 1st religiously-integrated school; and Community Relations in Schools, an NGO focused on peace-education initiatives; and Corrymeela, the country's longest-serving peace and reconciliation center.


            Dr. Maria Cseh and GSEHD doctoral student Oliver Crocco (human and organizational learning) led a group of 12 students to Lisbon, Portugal as part of HOL 6747: International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations. The group visited local and international businesses, learned from important cultural sites, and attended the 18th International Conference on Human Resource Development Across Europe hosted by Universidade Europeia. Dr. Cseh and Mr. Crocco presented on "Global stewardship: The role of human resource development in fostering openness to the other."


            Dr. Laura Engel and a GW-GSEHD students traveled to Dakar, Senegal for a study abroad course entitled Managing Education for All (EFA): Education as Transformation. Using the Education for All global policy initiative as a backdrop, the course focused on a multi-leveled analysis of education in Senegal, providing students with perspectives on the intersection of different local, national, and global education strategies. Prior to travel, students studied trends in global education policy reform, and critically examined different education policy issues in Senegal, including Koranic education, talibé children (street children forced into begging), HIV/AIDS and sex education, and the education of girls and women.

            South Africa

            Dr. Rick Jakeman led two research programs to South Africa to explore its higher education system. Through meetings with South African students, administrators, faculty members, policy-makers, and primary and secondary teachers, GW-GSEHD students engaged in issues related to post-Apartheid culture including the racial and income divisions among students. The study abroad included city visits of Johannesburg, Durban, Mpumalanga, and Cape Town, South Africa. It was also featured in the 2013 Washington Post Express article, There and back again.

            GSEHD faculty interested in leading a trip abroad: please contact Tess Cannon at

Global Collaborations
GSEHD faculty facilitate the inter-cultural exchange of ideas by collaborating on research and projects with scholars, institutions, and organizations in other countries. Current collaborations include:

Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser’s research collaboration with the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Berlin, Germany focuses on the recent influx of refugees fleeing conflict, particularly from Syria, and the ways in which higher education institutions go about integrating them into German society and academia.

District of Columbia Public Schools' Office of Global Education

As the lead research consultant for the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Global Education, Dr. Laura Engel and her team evaluate the impact of the new study abroad initiative, which has sent over 900 eighth and eleventh grade students and educators on fully-funded short term study abroad opportunities since 2016.

Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan

Dr. Shaista E. Khilji studies issues of women’s empowerment in emerging economies with colleagues from Lahore College for Women University. This research represents the continuation of work developed as part of a State Department-funded project with she co-led with LCWU.

Network for Global Educational Opportunity (n-GEO)

Dean Michael Feuer directs the Network for Global Educational Opportunity (n-GEO), a cross-national collaborative network of researchers and policymakers who seek to address issues of economic inequality and educational disparity through knowledge based research and innovation. The Network convenes regularly, providing a comparative lens to trends and issues both regional and topic specific.

Taibah University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abe Tekleselassie leads a partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Taibah University to create a bilingual Ph.D. program in educational leadership based on GSEHD’s existing post-master's certificate (PMC). Graduates of the program receive their Ph.D. from Taibah University and a certificate from GW. The first cohort of PMC students will begin coursework in fall 2017 and will transfer to the Ph.D. program in summer 2018.

University of Pécs, Hungary

Dr. Maria Cseh ,an honorary faculty member at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, collaborates with the University of Pécs Research Center for Labor and Health Sciences: A Multidisciplinary Center for Excellence on the development of the Center's new interdisciplinary projects. Dr. Cseh was a member of the research initiative that led to the formation of this Center for Excellence, inaugurated in June 2017.

University of Tokyo and Sophia University, Japan

Dr. Jim Williams’ research collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, and UNESCO Bangkok focuses on indicators of internationalization of higher education in Asia/Pacific region. In fellowship with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Dr. Williams spent 5 months in Tokyo, Japan.

Visiting Scholars Program
GSEHD's Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) hosts faculty, researchers, and advanced doctoral candidates from around the world who are interested in conducting independent research and presenting findings at GW.

In the News

Dr. Laura Engel and two GSEHD students, Heidi Gibson and Jessica Fundalinski (master's, International Education), published the article, Global Citizenship Education for Every Student: The Washington, DC Public Schools' Study Abroad Program in Childhood Education.

Dr. Jaehwa Choi provided an invited talk entitled Automatic Item Generation: Game Changer of Educational Reform in the Era of 4th Industrial Revolution at the 2017 meeting of the Global HR Forum in Seoul, Korea. He gave another invited presentation entitled Introduction to Assessment Engineering Framework at Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) at Taegu, Korea. In addition, Dr. Choi led a one-day workshop, Next Generation Item and Test Development: A Practical Introduction to Automatic Item Generation, for the members of Korean Society for Educational Evaluation in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser's 2016 edited book, International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging Research and Practice was nominated for the Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education and received special mention/runner up at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Houston, TX. He also presented a paper, "The Currency of Involvement: Equity and the Experiences of High- and Low-resourced International Students," chaired a panel, and served as a mentor in a session for emerging scholars.

Dr. Meggan Madden published an entry in the Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions entitled "Role of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the field of higher education research" with Karen Mundy, Chief Technology Officer of the Global Partnership for Education.

Dr. Laura Engel discussed the effects of study abroad on underrepresented students in a new IIE report entitled Underrepresented Students in US Study Abroad. The report synthesizes existing research on the association of study abroad with positive academic outcomes for minority and other underrepresented students, with the goal of ultimately helping enhance pathways of access to study abroad for all students.