Understand General Program Offerings
Our area studies programs are generally located in countries where students do not have the opportunity to directly enroll in a local university because the host country language is not taught at Georgetown (or is not offered at a high enough level). Students on these programs generally focus on a subject area and take content courses in English along with one host country language course.
Our business programs are designed for students enrolled in the McDonough School of Business. Some of our business programs are open only to MSB students, whereas other programs have classes available to business students and those from other schools such as the SFS and the College. Students who participate in these programs have the opportunity to take courses toward their MSB degree while abroad.
Students are encouraged to enroll in direct matriculation programs in English-speaking countries, and in countries in which the language of instruction is French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian. Direct matriculation programs will provide students with the best option for cultural immersion.
GU Faculty-led Summer Study Abroad
The majority of our Georgetown faculty-led summer programs are coordinated and administered by a GU faculty member and the Office of Global Education. The faculty member accompanies students overseas and serves as a point of contact for emergencies, plans the program’s cultural events and excursions, and teaches or supervises course instruction at foreign host universities. Thematic programs are taught in English and cover a wide range of contemporary topics, while language programs combine the latest methods of foreign language pedagogy with all the benefits of linguistic and cultural immersion abroad. Program length, program costs, credits and courses offered, and accommodations vary by program.
Villa le Balze / Georgetown in Doha, Qatar
Georgetown University owns Villa le Balze in Fiesole, Italy. Georgetown in Fiesole, Italy - Villa Le Balze is a living-learning community where students take Georgetown courses abroad. The Villa hosts visiting faculty from the main campus and other universities each semester, and offers different course options each semester. Students may also study at Georgetown’s satellite campus in Doha, Qatar. Students studying at Georgetown in Doha, Qatar have the opportunity to take Georgetown courses alongside degree-seeking students. Grades earned on these programs are factored into a student’s Georgetown GPA.
Language programs are offered to students who may not be prepared for direct matriculation at a foreign university. They are generally offered in smaller cities that allow for greater cultural immersion and language practice. Students on these programs will mainly focus on language acquisition and will have the opportunity to further develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills in the host country’s language.
Nursing programs are offered to students in Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. These programs offer the clinical component necessary for students to receive transfer credit toward their degree.
Programs with service learning courses offer students the opportunity to work with disadvantaged or underserved individuals or groups as part of study abroad. Students’ course objectives and community work are integrated. The aim of service learning courses is to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the host culture while facilitating an in-depth perspective on course content through these experiences.
Non Georgetown Summer Programs
What are the benefits of a Georgetown program?
Georgetown University's Office of Global Education administers over twenty summer study abroad programs each year. All but two of these (Summer in St. Petersburg, Russia (CIEE) and Summer in Beijing, China (ACC)) carry direct Georgetown credit and appear on a student's transcript in the same fashion as courses taught on the university's main campus. To learn more about these programs, click on "Search OGE's Program Database" at the top of this page.
Can I participate on a non-Georgetown summer program? Will I receive credit?
While the Office of Global Education cannot evaluate, recommend or endorse any international programs undertaken independently, a student who cannot find an academically appropriate program through Georgetown may petition his or her dean to receive credit for a non-Georgetown summer program. The student's advising dean will be able to provide a preliminary assessment of credit eligibility based on the course description(s), the curricula vitae of the instructor(s), and the class schedule(s). The dean will make a final determination on the amount of transfer credit to be awarded when she/he receives the student's transcript for the summer program in question. It is very important to receive a preliminary assessment of the coursework before enrolling in a summer program; otherwise, students risk completing coursework only to learn that it is not eligible for GU credit. See below for school-specific information on how to further explore credit issues:
How do I research a non-Georgetown summer program?
Researching study abroad options on-line is relatively easy. IIE Passport is one of many popular sites where students can search for programs by region, subject, or time of year. In general, sites such as IIE Passport may be a good starting point for basic information, however, it is important to research each program thoroughly and contact the program provider directly. Here are the steps we recommend students take when researching a particular program:
- Visit the program's website and review more detailed information about its offerings;
- Talk to a program representative;
- Request the names and contact information of recent program participants with whom you can communicate directly.
What questions should I ask of the program provider or university running the program?
- Is this a university-sponsored or third-party provider program?
- From what institution are transcripts provided?
- How many years has the program been in operation?
- How many students typically participate?
- From which universities and colleges have past participants come?
- How can I contact recent participants to learn about their experiences on the program?
- Does the sponsor have a program evaluation process?
- If so, can you review all of the evaluations (as opposed to a sample) from previous years?
- What is the average classroom size?
- How many hours per week does each class meet?
- Is the language of instruction English? If not, what level of foreign-language proficiency should you possess when joining the program?
- Who teaches the courses you will be taking?
- Are the academic credentials of all instructors available on-line or in some other format?
- What housing arrangements are provided?
- Who has screened and selected the hosts and host families?
- How many students live with each family?
- What is each family required to provide the student? (Number of meals, private room, etc.) How are students matched with host families?
- How easily can students request changes to housing arrangements?
- What is the typical length of commute from the host family to the classroom site?
Logistics, Orientation, Travel:
- Are visas required for travel to the host country? If so, what assistance will be provided in obtaining a visa?
- Who will be available on-site to assist with questions and/or problems once you are overseas? Is this person available 24 hours per day?
- What pre-departure information is provided to students?
- Is there an on-site orientation? If so, what topics does it cover?
- What cultural activities and excursions are included in the program?
- How are these activities relevant to classroom studies?
- What provisions does the program make to help foreign students meet local people?
Health, Safety, Finances:
- What is the actual cost of the program?
- Does the quoted price include housing, meals, travel, visas, and tuition?
- How much will you need to budget to cover expenses that are not included in the program fee? (Be sure to determine the number of meals provided per day if board is provided.)
- If international travel is included in the program fee, what restrictions apply to your airline ticket?
- Are all participants automatically enrolled in comprehensive international health insurance?
- What procedures are in place to assist students during a medical emergency?
How do non-Georgetown summer programs work financially? Can I use Georgetown financial aid?
Students should be sure to receive a complete break-down of specific items covered by a program's listed price. Some programs, for instance, may include airfare while others do not; some may provide full board, while others do not include meals. If a program seems remarkably less expensive than a similar program in a similar location, you should look particularly closely at the items covered by the program price.
In some instances, students are able to use their GU financial aid toward the cost of non-GU programs, but these are rare. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for details. Participants on some non-GU summer programs may also be able to apply for federal funding, such as the Gilman or Boren Fellowships.
Please note that the information provided here does not reflect Georgetown's sponsorship, endorsement, support, or approval of a student's international travel plans. Its sole purpose is to assist students in learning about the steps involved in researching a non-Georgetown summer abroad program and determining eligibility for transfer credit for studies completed overseas in the summer. Georgetown University is not in a position to evaluate, recommend, or endorse international study experiences undertaken independently by its students, and cannot be responsible for programs or experiences that are beyond its control.