This FAQ is intended for international applicants and their families who would like a broad overview about our programs, Georgetown University, and student life in Washington DC. If you are looking for general admissions questions, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.
International Students at Georgetown
Students who matriculate into Georgetown University’s biomedical programs are exposed to a globally recognized education that integrates cutting-edge research and coursework with a commitment to global outreach and civic responsibility. A degree from Georgetown holds significant credibility around the world. Find out more about our research highlights.
Biomedical students have the option of extending their Optional Practical Training (OPT). The OPT allows international students who graduate from US colleges and universities to apply for practical work experience in the United States for a period of up to 12 months. Students who graduate from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs may be eligible for an additional 17 months, totaling 29 months of practical work experience for international students.
Georgetown University’s Office of International Programs offers career counseling services for international students, in addition to hosting an international career forum every semester.
Georgetown University offers a variety of student life and extracurricular services for its International graduate students. Some of them are highlighted below:
Language Exchange Program
Students looking to improve their English or foreign language skills can apply to the Georgetown’s Language Exchange Program (LEP). LEP is a free service provided by the Office of International Programs (OIP) to connect individuals who wish to practice and improve their foreign language speaking skills. Participants volunteer their services, and the Office of International Programs facilitates the introductions.
International Student Ambassador Program
Students can also apply to be international student ambassadors under Georgetown’s Student Ambassador Program. International ambassadors meet and guide international students from around the world to help them in their first days on the Hilltop, during the international orientation week of IGO and IPO (August 19 – August 23, 2013). Please visit their website for information on the program and how to apply.
Georgetown International Student Association
Finally, international students looking to meet their peers can do so by joining the Georgetown International Student Association (ISA)and attending one of their many on-campus events and information sessions. Additionally, ISA’s Facebook page is a great way for international students to reach out to one another for housing announcements.
Washington DC is an international city with a vibrant social and cultural scene. In addition to receiving a world-class education from Georgetown, students can find plenty of things to do outside of the lab or classroom. Whether sauntering through the art-filled halls of the Smithsonian, attending some of the finest theatrical and musical productions at the Kennedy Center, or dining at restaurants in the U Street Corridor, Washington offers students a seemingly endless roster of mind enriching attractions and activities.
Housing and Transportation
Georgetown does not offer housing for graduate students, however there are several resources that international graduate students can take advantage of to secure housing. Georgetown University’s Office of International Programs has a guide to housing for international students with instructions and a list of listing and search resources on how to find housing.
Washington DC offers a modern, efficient, and inexpensive public transportation system that serves the centrally-located Georgetown community well. Parking on campus and in Georgetown is limited; therefore, students and visitors are generally discouraged from bringing automobiles with them to campus.
In addition, the university provides free shuttle bus services to students, faculty, and staff traveling between Rosslyn and Dupont Circle metro stations. Schedules and routes available online here.
Tuition and Financial Assistance
Biomedical Graduate Education’s tuition and fees are listed here.
There are financial aid and scholarships opportunities available for international students. Please visit our International Student & Scholar Services.
Yes, there are work opportunities for international students while in school. Please speak to your program and your Office of Global Services (OGS) advisor to discuss your options. You can also visit OGS website on Guidelines for On-Campus Employment.