Please note that electronic submissions, recommendations, and material submissions may differ depending on the program to which you are applying. Please refer to your application homepage for your required application components and read the instructions carefully.
- Electronic Submissions - All electronic submissions must be submitted online by 11:59PM on the application deadline.
- Summer Overseas Course Form
- Student Conduct Form (undergraduates only)
- Unofficial Transcript
- Emergency Contact Information
- Personal Statement: the statement is a 250-word essay, in English, that describes your intellectual and academic interests and your plans to develop these interests during your summer abroad.
- $35 non-refundable application fee
- Any additional program-specific materials
- Recommendations - Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one recommendation must come from a professor. For more information and guidance, please refer to the "Recommendations" tab. It is preferred that recommendations be submitted through the online system.
- Material Submissions - All material submissions must be turned in to the Summer Programs staff at the Office of Global Education by 5:00PM on the application deadline. They may include any program-specific materials. Transfer students must submit an official transcript from their previous institution, and non-Georgetown students must submit an official transcript from their current institution. Non-Georgetown students must also submit the Summer Overseas Course Form and a $35 non-refundable application fee (check or money order only) payable to Georgetown University.
- Begin researching summer study abroad options. List of current summer study abroad programs.
- Verify that your passport will be valid for at least six months after your anticipated return date; apply for or renew your passport if necessary.
- Discuss summer study abroad options and finances with family.
- Attend the General Summer Study Abroad Information Session; date, time, and location TBD.
October & November
- Early November 2016: Online application system opens
- Attend a program-specific Information Session; date, time, and location will be emailed to all students
- Make an appointment with a regional advisor if you have additional questions.
- Discuss financial aid opportunities with your Financial Aid Advisor.
- Begin your online application and prepare application materials for the early application deadline.
- Meet with your advising dean to review your summer program and sign your Summer Overseas Course Form (Undergraduates only).
- Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Early application deadline
- Friday, January 6, 2017: Early deadline applicants notified about acceptance decision.
- Friday, January 27, 2017: Early acceptance students confirm commitment with acceptance materials including a $500 non-refundable deposit.
- Make an appointment with a regional advisor if you have additional questions.
- Begin your online application and prepare application materials for regular application deadline.
- Meet with your advising dean to review your summer program and sign your Summer Overseas Course Form (Undergraduates only)
- Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Regular application deadline.
- Monday, February 27, 2017: Regular deadline applicants notified about acceptance decision.
- Apply for Departmental Scholarships, if applicable.
March & April
- Friday, March 17, 2017: Regular acceptance students confirm commitment with acceptance materials including a $500 non-refundable deposit.
- Attend a mandatory program-specific Orientation Session; date, time, and location will be emailed to all students who have submitted acceptance materials.
- Register for your program (OGE registers you for your courses); tuition payment is due to the Office of Student Accounts and your bill can be viewed by logging into MyAccess.
- Register your passport with the Department of State: travel.state.gov/step (US citizens only).
- Begin applying for your visa; if necessary.
- Friday, May 19, 2017: Tuition payment due.
All students applying to GU summer programs should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7, unless the program requires a higher GPA. Additional program requirements can be found on each program’s webpage. Students whose GPA is currently below a 2.7 are encouraged to speak with an OGE advisor early in the process to learn about their options for summer study abroad and to inquire about the Eligibility Addendum form (see below).
Additionally, applicants are expected to be in good academic standing at Georgetown University or their home university. Students must maintain a strong, consistent academic record and meet the academic standards set forth by the University. Students are not eligible to participate in a study abroad program while on active academic probation.
Applicants are also expected to be in good disciplinary standing at Georgetown University or their home university. To remain in good standing, a student must exhibit a history of good citizenship and student conduct. Students are not eligible to participate in a study abroad program while on active disciplinary probation. For full consideration, students should complete all student conduct sanctions prior to submitting an application.
It is important to remember that all nominations are inherently conditional. A significant decline in academic performance or a disciplinary sanction prior to departure may render a student ineligible for study abroad. This is true even if the student has already received a nomination from Georgetown or formal acceptance from an overseas institution.
Eligibility Addendum Form
If a student does not meet one or more of the requirements set forth in the program brochure, he/she may submit an Eligibility Addendum Form (EAF) to provide more information for the selection committee. This form is available after meeting with the OGE advisor for the program.
Students should begin the advising and application process early if they intend to submit an EAF. Students are also strongly encouraged to review their written EAF proposal with their curricular dean for input and advice. Submission of this form does not guarantee approval for study abroad. This process does not apply to any program with a GPA requirement higher than the institutional minimum.
All summer program applications require two (2) recommendations. Depending on your program the type of recommendations required may vary (ie language programs require one Language Assessment Recommendation and one Academic/General Recommendation while other programs require two Academic/General Recommendations).
Programs requiring two Academic/General Recommendations: Who should you ask?
One of your two recommendations must come from a professor who has taught you. The best letters will come from people who know you well and who can provide detailed comments about your academic work, and who can speak to how well-suited you are for the study abroad program you have selected. The second recommendation should speak to your character, maturity, and ability to function in a new and challenging environment. This person could be a professor, but does not have to be. Supervisors, high school teachers, coaches, etc. are other possibilities.
Programs requiring two Academic/General Recommendations: all Summer at Villa Le Balze programs, Summer in Barcelona - Global Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Summer in Beijing, Summer in Buenos Aires, Summer in Doha, Summer in Hong Kong, Summer in London & Stratford, Summer in Oxford, Summer in Rome.
Programs requiring a Language Assessment & Academic/General Recommendations: Who should you ask?
The Language Assessment is not a recommendation, but rather an assessment meant to gauge your linguistic and cultural preparedness to function effectively abroad. The Language Assessment will ask your instructor to evaluate your linguistic preparedness in all competencies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) as they pertain to your intended program. You should seek a language assessment from your most recent language instructor, as he/she can most accurately assess your current skills as part of the application process. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the language requirements of your desired program so that you can share them with your instructor.
If you have not taken a language course at Georgetown, you should contact the faculty director of program to which you are applying. The faculty director will review your case and determine how to assess your language skills appropriately.
The second recommendation should speak to your character, maturity, and ability to function in a new and challenging environment. This person could be a professor, but does not have to be. Supervisors, high school teachers, coaches, etc. are other possibilities. You may not ask the same person to write both a general recommendation and a language assessment. If a significant amount of time has passed (i.e., more than a semester) since you took a language class, your instructor may want to briefly interview you or give you a written assignment to evaluate your current skills. This step is at the instructor's discretion.
Programs requiring one Language Assessment and one Academic/General Recommendations: Summer in Amman, Summer in Barcelona - Art, History, Language, and Politics, Summer in Dar es Salaam, Summer in Quito, Summer in St. Petersburg, Summer in Tel Aviv, Summer in Tours, Summer in Tours+Paris, Summer in Trier.
What does OGE ask the recommender?
Academic/General Recommendation form:
If you are teaching or have taught the student, please respond to questions 1 through 4 and 11. If you have not taught the student, please respond to questions 5 through 11.
- What course(s) has this applicant taken with you and when?
- Please provide a candid evaluation of the applicant's performance in your course. Please comment on the applicant's motivation and his/her academic strengths and weaknesses.
- Please comment on the quality of the work the applicant prepared for your course.
- Study abroad requires that a student be self-reliant and mature in order to successfully navigate a foreign and unfamiliar environment. Additionally, the student may be part of a program in which the structure differs from that of a typical US college/university. Is this student self-reliant and mature enough to perform well in a foreign and unfamiliar environment?
- For how long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
- Overseas studies requires maturity, independence, self-motivation and discipline. To the best of your ability, please comment on these characteristics as they pertain to the applicant.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to compromise are essential qualities for successful study abroad. In your view, how does the applicant possess these qualities? Please explain with detailed examples if possible.
- In some cases students are asked to be part of a living/learning community. What characteristics does this candidate possess that would contribute to the group and what strengths would you like to see further developed while the applicant is abroad?
- If you were leading a group of students overseas for an extended study abroad program, would you want the applicant among your participants? Why or why not?
- Keeping in mind that study abroad can be stressful and emotionally challenging, do you have any reservations about this applicant's participation in an overseas study program? Please explain.
- Please use this space to include any additional information about the candidate that would be helpful for the Selection Committee to know.
Language Assessment form:
- What course(s) has this applicant taken with you and when?
- Please comment on the student's overall academic performance in your course as it relates to study abroad.
- What skills has this student been able to acquire in your course that may be applicable to study abroad? (This may include, for instance, learning country-specific stylistics for writing a research paper, techniques for oral presentations, strategies for navigating foreign bureaucracy, etc.)
- Different programs have varying levels of prerequisite language study. Based on the information provided by the student and any previous experience you may have with this program, please comment on the student's linguistic preparedness to perform effectively on site.
- Some programs, particularly those where students directly matriculate and take courses alongside local university students, presuppose that participants have a high level in the language upon arrival. Is this student currently functional in the language at the requisite level indicated by the student for this program?
- If not, which competencies do you feel this student needs to improve in this regard? (Hold the Ctrl key in order to make multiple selections.)
- If you have concerns about the student's linguistic preparedness for this program, please specify how you feel that he/she can achieve the requisite language level.
- Please use the following space to elaborate on the areas where the student may need remedial preparation and the type of preparation you feel would be appropriate.
Letter of Recommendation Etiquette
OGE recommends that, when possible, you contact your recommender at least four weeks prior to your program’s application deadline to ask if they would be willing to write a recommendation for you. Consider stopping by your recommender’s office hours to discuss the recommendation, as well as your plans for study abroad.
OGE suggests that you provide your recommender with a resume and/or a copy of your statement of academic intent to provide an overview of your activities, experiences and academic goals. This will give your recommender a better understanding of why you have chosen your particular program. This is particularly critical if you do not have a well-established relationship with the recommender.
Once the recommendation has been submitted, write a quick thank-you note to acknowledge the time the recommender has taken to assist you.
How to request a recommendation through the OGE online application system:
- When you open an online application, you will see a section titled “Recommendations”. Below that, click “Request Electronic Recommendation”.
- Use the keywords box to enter the last name or GU NetID of your recommender. The system is linked to the Georgetown directory and will automatically locate the contact information for GU faculty. In order to prevent technical issues, please always use the Georgetown email address of the recommender (not a personal email address) when making your request. Click “Next” when you have selected your recommender.
- Fill in the course(s) you have taken with the faculty member, and add any relevant notes under “Additional Information”.
- Select whether or not to waive your right to read the recommendation after it is completed.
- Click save, which will email the request to the recommender.
- The recommender will complete and submit the form online. Your application will display a check mark when the recommendation has been received by OGE.
I need to resend my recommendation form. How do I do that?
Your recommender may contact you and say he/she did not receive or cannot locate the link to access your recommendation form. If this happens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Your name
- The program and term to which you are applying
- Your recommender’s name
- A request to resend the link