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International Application Process

We have a long history of welcoming international students to our university. If you're an international student you will apply as a freshman or transfer applicant, and must submit additional materials depending on either status. We consider international students as students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.


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Apply as a Freshman or Transfer Applicant

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Apply as a Freshman

You should apply to GW as a freshman applicant if you:

  • Are currently in your last year of secondary school

  • Have completed secondary school

  • Have never completed college courses

Review the requirements to apply as a freshman
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Apply to Transfer

You should apply to GW as a transfer applicant if you:

  • Have completed any college coursework at a college or university in or outside of the United States

Review the requirements to apply as a transfer

Required Materials for Freshman International Applicants

icon representing an English proficiency testTOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic Scores

If English is not your first language, you are required to submit official scores from an English proficiency examination, regardless of citizenship. We recommend that you take the TOEFLIELTS, or PTE Academic prior to submitting your application and make sure that official test scores are sent directly to us. To see if you do not need to send these scores, please see if you qualify for an exemption.

Institutional test scores are not accepted for admissions purposes. GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. Based on the results of your TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or SAT examinations, you may be required to take an English for Academic Purposes course upon arriving at GW.

icon representing a financial certificate Financial Certificate

If you plan to enter the United States on a student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa, you are required to submit a Financial Certificate (PDF) and a bank statement. This information is required because international students at GW are not eligible for need-based financial assistance.

The Financial Certificate (PDF) should be fully completed by you and signed by your sponsor. The bank statement should be an original letter from your personal bank or your sponsor's bank on official bank letterhead, verifying your ability to provide the funds stated on your financial certificate. The funds must be stated in U.S. dollars and your name must be indicated on the letter.

icon representing a passportPhotocopy of your Passport

The spelling of your first and last name must exactly match what is on your Form I-20.

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You are required to provide official documentation to GW of your previous education experience. Review requirements for your country.


Required Materials for Transfer International Applicants

icon representing a visa documentCurrent Visa

If you currently study in the United States and want to transfer to GW, you must provide a copy of your current visa.

icon representing a financial certificate Financial Certificate

If you plan to enter the United States on a student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa, you are required to submit a Financial Certificate (PDF) and a bank statement. This information is required because international students at GW are not eligible for need-based financial assistance.

The Financial Certificate (PDF) should be fully completed by you and signed by your sponsor. The bank statement should be an original letter from your personal bank or your sponsor's bank on official bank letterhead, verifying your ability to provide the funds stated on your financial certificate. The funds must be stated in U.S. dollars and your name must be indicated on the letter.

icon representing the form I-20Form I-20

If you are already studying in the United States on an F-1 visa and want to transfer to GW, you must provide all pages of your Form I-20 from your current institution.

icon representing an I-94 formForm I-94

If you are currently a student in the United States and want to transfer to GW, you must provide both sides of the I-94 card in your passport.