International Student Resources

(left to right) Professors Tony Yezer, Sumit Joshi and Maggie Chen welcomed Tian Weng and Jane Zheng, two of our M.A. program alumni visiting from Shanghai!

Students from all over the world come to GW to join the MS in Applied Economics program. We offer many resources and support networks, both within the department and through the broader university, to help our international students succeed. 

All newly admitted international students attend a mandatory orientation session organized by the GW International Services Office. The Economics Department also hosts a reception for all new and returning graduate students during the first few weeks of classes.


International Student Application Requirements

All students who are not U.S. citizens are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score. English language test scores may not be more than two years old from the time you apply. More information on the CCAS language proficiency requirements are listed on the CCAS International Graduate Applicants page. 


    University Resources for International Students

    • Career Services
      International students on an F-1 visa may work a maximum of 20 hours a week for on-campus employment, including as a research assistant, in the bookstore or in administrative offices. 
    • Curricular Practical Training
      CPT is a form of employment authorization that offers F-1 visa students an opportunity to apply academic study to a structured work training experience before completing their degree. Note that you must have received written approval on your I-20 from an ISO advisor before applying for CPT.
    • English for Academic Purposes Program
      This program helps international students who speak English as a second language socialize at GW and develop needed professional skills.
    • GW SAGE Resources for International Students
      The Student Association for Graduate Economics (SAGE) has a wealth of information for international students in economics.
    • International Graduate Funding Initiative
      Students coming to GW from certain countries may receive a tuition award of up to $10,000 per academic year.
    • International Services Office
      The primary hub for international student support, the office can help with visa and immigration problems, orientation activities, English immersion groups, guides for getting around D.C. and more.
    • Optional Practical Training
      The OPT program provides international students with professional experience directly related to their field of study. Students may qualify for up to 36 months of OPT after receiving their Applied Economics Masters degree. 
    • Updating Your Address (GW International Services Office)
      Required action within 10 days of arriving in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa.
    • Virtual Campus Tour
      Explore the GW campuses in Foggy Bottom and Virginia with our online map.