International students are a large and vital part of the Georgetown community and come from every part of the world. Each year, international students typically make up almost 30% of our incoming class.  

Where Our Students Come From

In just the past few years alone, students from the following countries have enrolled in the Graduate School: 

Afghanistan

Albania

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Cameroon

Canada

Chad

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Croatia

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Gabon

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Guatemala

Haiti

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazahkstan

Kenya

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Liberia Libya

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Monaco

Morocco

Myanmnar

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Singapore

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

St. Lucia

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Uzebkistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

     

Application Requirements

Proof of English Language Proficiency

All applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission. Please note that citizenship alone does not determine English language proficiency.  Proof of English language proficiency can be demonstrated by:

  • the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. The degree does not have to be earned by the time of application but will need to be conferred by the start of the semester to which the applicant is applying. (Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English.)
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet test). Many departments and programs require submission of a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet test) or higher.
  • submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0. Some departments and programs require submission of an IELTS score of 7.5.

All official TOEFL and/or IELTS examination results must be:

  • submitted by the application deadline listed in the Admissions Requirements section of each graduate program listing
  • taken no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program
  • received directly from the appropriate testing organization
  • sent to the correct code for your program

Official Transcripts

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations can take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the Graduate School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.

Applicants may use other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) but must still submit official transcripts from the institution to Georgetown if the evaluation does not include an official copy of the transcripts you had evaluated.

Transcripts sent directly from universities must be received by our office unopened in their original university envelope.  If your institution provides them, request that the official transcript is sent to us in both the native and English language versions.  If your institution does not provide official English copies, you are responsible for obtaining a translation from a professional translation service.  The translation and the original language transcript should be submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the translator.

Transcripts should be sent to the correct address for your program

Other Application Materials

For all other application materials, international students need to follow the same procedures as all other applicants. You will find all the application instructions in the How to Apply section.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

International students are eligible for internal institutional funds (such as assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) and for support drawn from federal and other research grants; however international students are generally not eligible for federal loan money from the United States government

Internal Graduate School financial aid is merit-based and all applicants are eligible to compete for available funds. Merit-based scholarships are available to students registered in most doctoral and many master's programs and these funding sources pay part or all of tuition. Assistantships and fellowships normally include a stipend and a full tuition scholarship.  To be considered for merit-based aid, simply answer "yes" to the financial aid question within the application.

For further information and resources on available funding for international students, please visit the Financial Aid for International Students page.

Visa and Immigration Documents

International applicants should not submit supporting financial and sponsorship documentation during time of application, but should instead wait until after an offer of admission has been made.

If an offer of admission is made, you will be directed to fill out an International Student Immigration Questionnaire. For students who plan to study in F-1 or J-1 status, the questionnaire is used as an application for a Georgetown Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.  For more information regarding immigration and international student services at Georgetown, visit the Office of Global Services (OGS) website.  

EducationUSA Advising Centers

For general guidance on graduate study in the United States, international students may want to contact an EducationUSA advising center. EducationUSA is the U.S. State Department’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries around the world. These centers are designed to assist international students as they prepare to apply to and attend colleges and universities in the United States.