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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

Q: I've graduated from my undergraduate institution, but I'm not enrolled in graduate school. To which program should I apply?

Q: I am no longer a student, but rather a professional interested in U.S. foreign policy. May I still apply?

Eligibility

Q: I currently attend GW's Elliott School. May I attend the program?

Q: I will be a freshman in the fall. May I attend the program?

Q: I am a non- native English speaker, but I do not have a TOEFL score, and a test is not available to me before the application deadline. May I still apply?

Costs

Q: Am I required to live on campus? If I choose not to, what will the cost of the program be?

Q: What are the costs for auditing the course?

Q: Will I pay my home university or GW for the program tuition and fees?

Q: Are meals included in the program costs?

Q: I attend a Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area member school. Will my tuition fees at my home university cover the tuition costs?

Q: How can I pay the tuition/fees via wire transfer?

Aid and Scholarships

Q: Does the program offer any scholarships?

Q: Are there any financial aid opportunities for summer courses?

Q: When will I be informed of my admission to the program and receive the course syllabus?


Applications

Q: I've graduated from my undergraduate institution, but I'm not enrolled in graduate school. Which program should I apply to?

A: If you have 4 or more years of professional work, you may apply for the graduate/professional program. If you are a younger professional, the undergraduate program is a better fit. The main differences between the two courses are the level of teaching and length of the papers due at the end of the program. Graduate-level papers are 20-25 pages, while the undergraduate page requirement is 15-18.

Keep in mind that if you plan to pursue a graduate degree at the Elliott School or any other graduate school, only graduate-level course credits may be accepted toward a graduate degree.
» Application Criteria

Q: I am no longer a student, but rather a professional interested in U.S. foreign policy. Can I still apply?

A: YES! In fact, we encourage you to do so. Our graduate course is for both graduate students and working professionals.
» Application Criteria

Eligibility

Q: I currently attend GW's Elliott School. May I attend the Program?

A: Yes. The credits will appear on your GW transcript. Please submit an application for this special program.
» Application Instructions

Q: I will be a freshman in the fall. May I still attend the Program?

A: No. We advise you to wait for a year and apply after you complete your first year of college.

Q: I am a non- native English speaker, but I do not have a TOEFL score, and a test is not available to me before the application deadline. May I still apply?

A: Yes, you may apply and receive a condition admit, pending proof of English proficiency. For more information, please email usfpsp@gwu.edu

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Costs

Q: Am I required to live on campus? If I choose not to, what is the cost of the program?

A: No, you are not required to live on campus. Please see costs for our appropriate cost breakdown.

Q: What are the costs for auditing the course?

A: Participants are welcome to audit the course in lieu of receiving academic credit. Auditors must attend all the classes but are not be obliged to submit any assessed work. Auditors are charged the same tuition and fees as other participants; there is no discount for auditors.

Q: Will I pay my home university or GW for the program tuition and fees?

A: Unless specially arranged, you will pay your tuition and fees directly to GW.
» Tuition Information

Q: Are meals included in the program costs?

A: No, you are responsible for all personal costs for meals,, transportation, supplies, etc.

Q: I attend a Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Areamember school. Will my tuition fees at my home university cover the tuition costs?

A: This program requires an application for all prospective participants. All fees are payable directly to GW for this special summer program.
» Payment and Billing Information

Q: How can I pay the tuition/fees via wire transfer?

A: Please refer to GW's cashier's office for the relevant bank transfer form. Take the completed form to your bank and they should be able to complete the transfer.

Aid and Scholarships

Q: Does the Program offer any scholarships?

A: Unfortunately, the Program does not offer any scholarships. However, there may be external scholarship opportunities available from other institutions. Start the scholarship hunt early if finances are of concern.

Q: Are there any financial aid opportunities for summer courses?

A: Each participant should consult with his/her home institution's financial office regarding loans and other financial aid.

Course Material

Q: When will I be informed of my admission to the program and receive the course syllabus?

A: You will be informed of your acceptance approximately two weeks following the application deadline. Accepted participants will receive a list of key readings as soon as possible before the start of the program. Upon registration for the program, you will have access to the program's on-line materials, via Blackboard.

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U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era
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