Study Abroad Advising
The Office for Study Abroad has four advisors to assist students in the study abroad process. Advisors aid students in choosing study abroad programs that best fit their academic and cultural interests, facilitate pre-departure orientations for study abroad students, provide assistance to students while abroad, and review study abroad transcripts and course approvals for transfer credit.
Express Advising is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Office for Study Abroad Resource Room. An advising assistant will be able to answer ”quick questions,” provide advice on the study abroad process, application form clarification, general program advising, the study abroad website, and questions on transfer credit and course approvals. The following issues cannot be addressed during express advising: specific program advising, advising on visas, course selection abroad, and anything else requiring more than 5-10 minutes of discussion.
Regional Information Sessions
During the first three weeks of the semester, advisors will lead Regional Information Sessions. These sessions will discuss all program options for the particular region giving students an overview of the GW-approved programs available for study abroad. The sessions will be led by the study abroad advisor responsible for that region and will help students narrow down program choices for study abroad. Separate sessions discussing options available at the GW Study Programs in England, Paris, Madrid, and Latin America will be held as well. All Regional Information Sessions will take place in the Office for Study Abroad. To view currently scheduled sessions, click here.
Office HoursOffice hours are available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week from 2-4 p.m. Individual advisors will be available during this time to provide guidance on specific programs, the study abroad process, applications, and course selection and transfer credit. Students do not need an appointment to meet with their advisor during these hours; however, office hours should be reserved for conversations that will take 15 minutes or less to be respectful of other students waiting to meet with the advisor.
Students with more specific questions regarding study abroad may make an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor. Students seeking general advice on the study abroad process should visit Express Advising and/or office hours before making an appointment with an advisor.
To search for programs, visit our Programs page. Watch the How to Search for a Program Video to learn more about this section of our website.
Peer AdvisorsEach year, the OSA selects a group of returned study abroad students to serve as Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors spend two hours each week in the study abroad office advising students on the application process, their study abroad experiences, and how they chose their own study abroad destinations. You can also get in touch with our peer advisors via email if you have specific questions about their programs. Meet our 2012-2013 Peer Adivosrs.