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:
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
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. (Please note that some programs require submission of the WES ICAP so be sure to check your individual program requirements carefully). 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. (Please note, applicants to the Communication, Culture & Technology program will also need to upload a Supplementary Data Form to apply for scholarships and merit-based aid.)
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 the initial application process, but should instead wait until after an official offer of admission has been made.
If an offer of admission is made, all non-US citizens who plan to study in F-1 or J-1 status at Georgetown must indicate their requested status on the confirmation of enrollment form. In addition, students who need a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 immigration document from Georgetown must apply for the immigration document by following the instructions at http://internationalservices.georgetown.edu/vsqoip. The complete process of obtaining the Georgetown Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and applying for the F-1 or J-1 visa takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks, and students are strongly encouraged to carefully review the instructions and begin the process as soon as possible. For questions regarding immigration requirements or the document issuance process, please contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who will study in a status other than F-1 or J-1 do not have any reporting requirement and do not need to contact OGS.
Other resources for International Students
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.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also hosts a website of free government resources that explain the rules and regulations governing the international student process in the United States.