Chinese Language and Culture

As interest in learning Chinese increases, so does the demand for language teachers. Offered through GW's East Asian Languages and Literature department, the Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture deepens intellectual and cultural understanding of China while preparing students for careers in teaching and related fields. Through the mastery of speech and literacy, students learn how to analyze texts in original Chinese and effectively communicate with native speakers.

Opportunity Comes Knocking

For each of the past 25 years, the George Washington University has offered eight deserving and inspiring DC seniors the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to pursue higher education at no cost.

The Stephen Joel Trachentberg Scholarship program has recognized eight District students each year since 1989 with the chance to pursue four years of schooling at GW at no cost. The university’s undergraduate admissions team selects nominated students based on GPA, SAT scores, course study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities.

On a snowy morning with George and a camera crew in tow, GW President Steven Knapp surprised each hard-working senior at his or her school with the news that a college education was on us. Get to know each SJT scholar below, and watch the day unwind through social media and news articles in our Storify.

School Without Walls

The School Without Walls Exposure Program provides opportunities for qualified students and staff within School Without Walls to take classes at GW and earn academic credit.  For students, the application process takes place each semester (fall, spring and summer) and eligibility requirements as well as general information can be found on the School Without Walls website. Students interested in learning more about the application process should speak to a School Without Walls Guidance Counselor.

School Without Walls staff interested in taking courses at GW through the Exposure Program require the approval of the SWW principal. Availability is subject to allotted course limits for the current academic year, beginning in the fall semester and ending each year in the summer semester. Questions regarding the process can be directed to the School Without Walls Guidance Counselor.

Admitted Students

  1. Submit your Declaration of Intent to the admissions representative who processed your application.

  2. If you have not previously, submit your Mandatory Health Form to the Student Health Services office prior to the start of classes. Failure to do so will result in a hold on your record that will not allow you to register for courses or obtain your grades.

  3. Attend the required registration session (typically held a month prior to the start of classes) and read the Registration Instructions to learn more about how to choose courses and to obtain or turn in the required forms.

  4. While choosing courses, be sure to note the days and times the course meets as well as the campus. Courses are offered at both our main (Foggy Bottom) campus and the Mt. Vernon campus (accessible via shuttle), so read the schedule of classes carefully.

  5. Prior to the start of classes turn in a signed Policy Form as well as a Registration Request Form to the Office of Non-Degree Students (ONDS).

  6. ONDS will confirm your registration by email. Double check class meeting days and times.

  7. Pay any outstanding fees on your student account. The Exposure Program covers tuition only. Students are responsible for associated fees and materials.

  8. Begin your semester!

Students who would like to add or drop courses after the first day of classes, should first speak to the School Without Walls Guidance Counselor who will contact GW regarding the change.

Office Contact

Office of Non-Degree Students
1922 F Street, NW, Suite 304
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-1972
Fax: 202-994-9360

Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

Summer classes at the George Washington University provide a unique opportunity to earn academic credit from a top-ranked university, learn from superb faculty, and take advantage of the extraordinary educational and cultural resources of Washington, D.C. Open to undergraduates, graduates, and visiting students, summer classes are offered in compressed 6, 8, 10 and 14-week sessions during the day, in the evening, and online, so you can integrate coursework into your busy lifestyle.

Summer Sessions Website

Visit the Summer Sessions website for complete information about summer options, including:


Admissions Overview

Undergraduate Admissions

This is GW in D.C. We are distinguished by our commitment to shape society and drive progress by transforming academic inquiry into new doors of discovery that affect people in their daily lives.  While others talk about changing the world, our students and faculty have the real opportunities to actually do it.

Seldom will you find a medium-sized institution with such extensive academic programs, stimulating community and access to exceptional city assets. The extraordinary opportunities, resources and experiences of our university await you.

Admission to GW is highly selective. We receive applications from every state and nearly 100 countries, allowing us to enroll an unusually bright, talented and diverse student body. In addition, we actively seek students with a variety of interests, talents, goals and experiences. Every year, we welcome freshmen, transfer students and international students to our campus. 

Undergraduate Admissions and Aid Website

Graduate Admissions

At the George Washington University we offer more than 200 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs of our students. With numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you. 

Graduate Admissions Website

Pre-College Program

GW Pre-College provides students with an extraordinary opportunity for an enriching summer experience at a top research institution. Our ten colleges and schools, nearly 100 research centers and institutes, world-class library system, and state-of-the-art technology provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of learning opportunities. High school students benefit tremendously from GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts. Our top-tier faculty guide, inspire, and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.

GW Pre-College courses are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically challenging programs that integrate lectures and seminars with exploration of area organizations. Drawing on the rich resources of the university and Washington, D.C., students are engaged in programs at the center of the nation's political, intellectual, and cultural activity.

GW Pre-College also offers a transformative introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world. 

For more information, visit the GW Pre-College Program website.