Overseas Opportunities for GU Students
Georgetown University is recognized as a national leader in providing overseas studies opportunities for its undergraduates. Studying overseas for credit is possible for qualified students from almost all academic disciplines. The Division of Overseas Studies offers over 160 Georgetown-approved programs in 40 countries around the world.
Living and Learning Communities Abroad
Villa le Balze and The McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies are Georgetown University’s Living and Learning Communities abroad. As natural extensions of Georgetown University, LLCs abroad embody Jesuit values of reflection, service to the community and intellectual inquiry while challenging students with perspectives from beyond their home campus experiences. Each center is staffed with a resident director, administrative and support staff who help bridge the gap between the familiar and unfamiliar by fostering a shared community experience that emphasizes both academic and personal development. A signature element of Georgetown's LLCs abroad is greater interaction among faculty, staff and students through academically rigorous courses, shared meals and the opportunities these provide for developing interpersonal relationships, and faculty-led extra-curricular activities and excursions. Students on LLC programs at these sites have the opportunity to engage with a combination of scholars hired from the local community as well as US-based and main campus faculty members. Likewise, faculty members gain new insight into their discipline through increased access to international faculty and are able to bring their international experiences into the classroom and their future work with Georgetown students. Students, instructors and staff all commit to participating fully in each other's academic development and personal growth. Similar to the Living and Learning Communities on Georgetown's Main Campus, those abroad seek to enhance the overall educational experience of participants while maintaining the traditions of the Georgetown University academic experience.
You can read more about our Living Learning Communities abroad at Villa Le Balze and The McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies.
The School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) was established in May 2005 by Georgetown University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Georgetown University students, regardless of their school, may choose to study abroad at SFS-Q and apply credit earned towards core or major requirements, or gain elective credit. During their time at SFS-Q, students enjoy a high level of support in a community setting. Additionally, a service project trip each spring promotes Community Based Learning, helping to connect SFS-Q with the Jesuit ideal of service to others that guides the Georgetown mission. Check out the SFS-Q study abroad program brochure for more information.
Faculty, staff and students at Georgetown engage in many international activities outside the classroom. OIP has collaborated with offices and departments such as Campus Ministry, Athletics, Outdoor Education, and African Studies on non-credit programs abroad. Please contact Liz Greenfeld for information about current non-credit undergraduate opportunities.
UNDERGRADUATE NON-CREDIT PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT
GU Impacts is a non-credit program that provides experiential education in social enterprise, giving Georgetown undergraduate students the opportunity to work directly on entrepreneurship projects in economically developing countries over the summer. The immersive experience helps GU Impacts Fellows understand and work under the constraints inherent in entrepreneurship and international development work. The program strives to teach the tangible skills and the empathy necessary to succeed in projects related to international social enterprise, while making a legitimate social impact in the specific service areas each summer. GU Impacts Fellows work In Africa and Latin America with organizations who have built deep community partnerships in each of the travel locations. Visit the GU Impacts website for more information.
There are a wide variety of international study and research opportunities available to graduate students at Georgetown University. Global Strategies serves as a resource to Main Campus departments and faculty interested in developing new partnerships and international opportunities. This includes supporting conversations about graduate exchanges; graduate, undergraduate, faculty and staff non-credit programs; university-sponsored travel with student groups and athletic teams; and programs that deepen and expand Georgetown’s relationships with overseas partners and institutions.
Georgetown University has many noteworthy international initiatives. Some examples are the joint M.A. program in Global History with King's College London, The Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and the M.A. program in Art and Museum Studies at Sotheby's London. For a full list of Georgetown's global collaborations, see globalcollaborations.georgetown.edu.
Discover what opportunities are available to you by contacting your academic department!