About the Program

In its 15th year, this two-week, 3-credit course held in the heart of Washington DC features core lectures by GW faculty, guest speakers from a variety of organizations, and site visits to key institutions in the field of foreign policy.

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Summer 2019

Session 1: June 17-28, 2019

(Application Deadline April 1)

Session 2: July 15-26, 2019

(Application Deadline May 1)


Open to Graduate Students, Professionals, and Select Advanced Undergraduate Students

Understanding the United States' role in the world requires knowledge of not just the substance of U.S. foreign policy, but also how U.S. foreign policy is made, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, and the ideas and interests that drive it. It requires an understanding of how Americans see their role in the world and how others interpret that role.

At the U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era summer program, participants from the United States and around the world will study the complex factors that shape U.S. foreign policy. Taking full advantage of its location at The George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC, the program features visits to key institutions that influence U.S. foreign policy as well as lectures and seminars by leading scholars and experts from the government, think tanks, interest groups, international organizations, non-profit organizations, the media, and foreign embassies.

International Students are encouraged to apply in advance to make the visa application process smoother.