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SEAS students are encouraged to study abroad during their undergraduate career at GW but due to the structured nature of the Engineering and Computer Science curricula it is very important that you have a clear understanding of courses you need to take and what universities offer these courses during that semester you plan to go abroad. The majority of SEAS students study abroad during their 4th semester (spring of their sophomore year). However, Computer Science majors are typically encouraged to study in their 6th semester (spring of their junior year).
Students should recognize that going abroad has some risks regarding courses offerings and you should consult with your faculty advisor about alternative options if certain courses are not offered. Being prepared with alternative options from the start of your study abroad process is highly important. Throughout the Study Abroad process, you will work with the Office for Study Abroad, your SEAS Professional Advisor, and your faculty advisor.
To begin your initial preparation for study abroad, please view the SEAS Abroad Prezi found here.
WHY SHOULD I STUDY ABROAD?
There are unlimited reasons why you should study abroad while you are a student at GW! But some of the most valuable reasons are:
- Broadening your firsthand experience with other worldviews
- Meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures
- Gaining new insights and perspectives while building new relationships
- Discovering new talents and career interests
- Expanding your employment qualifications and opportunities
- Learning a new language
- Engaging with engineering students in an international setting
WHO DO I TALK TO ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD?
1. You should visit the Office for Study Abroad in Colonial Crossroads (Marvin Center, 5th Floor). OSA can assist you with:
- Beginning stages – discussing program types, location and culture abroad
- Narrowing down programs and discussing your goals in relation to studying abroad
- Tier structure/financing study abroad and scholarship opportunities
- Transferring credits back to GW
- Application information and deadlines
Students are encouraged to visit Study Abroad Express Advising or Open Advising hours before scheduling an appointment with Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto, OSA’s advisor for SEAS students. Click here to read about OSA’s Advising Services options and times.
2. You should work with both your SEAS Faculty Advisors and Professional Advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services, Advising and Records. Your SEAS Advisors can assist you with:
- Reviewing your degree requirements
- Seeing if/when studying abroad is an option with your curriculum
- Suggesting what courses to look for abroad and what courses to reserve for GW
- Resources for the course approval process
- Completing your Undergraduate Advising Form for the semester you will be abroad
You can find information regarding advising hours here.
WHERE CAN I STUDY ABROAD?
- There are a number of GW approved programs that have been identified by faculty, staff, and/or students as they offer potential study abroad options to students.
- You can explore a full list of your study abroad program options in GW Passport. To name few options, and depending on major and course availability, SEAS students in the past have studied on programs such as:
WHAT IS A SEAS CORE PROGRAM?
- SEAS and the Korea University College of Engineering in Seoul, South Korea have partnered together to support a special exchange program for undergraduate students studying Engineering and Computer Science. This exchange program is referred to as a core program. To learn more about the program, visit the Korea University page on the GW Office for Study Abroad’s website.
- All students interested in applying to study abroad at Korea University will work with the Office for Study Abroad to open the Korea University application in GW Passport.