Applied English Studies at GW

International students at GWU

This non-degree program provides a structured opportunity for international graduate students to upgrade their academic English skills and become socialized into the U.S. university community prior to matriculation into a graduate program at the George Washington University. Students who are eligible for the Applied English Studies (AES) program have been evaluated as academically qualified for graduate study at the George Washington University but have not met minimum entry-level English language requirements. 

Students admitted to this program will take 8 credits of academic coursework during the six-week summer session, participate in seminars, skill-building workshops and other structured co-curricular activities that cover other aspects of English language acquisition and socialization into U.S. university life. They will also have access to a number of support resources on campus. Students who successfully complete the AES program will enroll in their graduate program coursework during fall semester and are expected to complete the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) requirement during their first semester of study.

Placement into the AES courses is based on students’ English language test scores. Students admitted to Level I are expected to successfully complete both levels before being allowed to enroll in their graduate program of study. Students admitted to either level will also be required to enroll in English for Academic Purposes coursework (EAP) as part of their first semester in their graduate program.

Program Overview

  • Designed for academically qualified international graduate students with TOEFL scores ranging from 74-79, with no individual score below 16 or an overall IELTS fo 5.5, with no individual bandscore below 5.0.
  • 8-credit program: two integrated skills courses (3 credits each) and two academic skills workshops (1 credit each).
  • Weekly “Casual Conversation @ GW” sessions and Friday workshop series to support socialization into a U.S. academic discourse community.
  • 2020 Costs
    • Tuition - $14,000 (8 credits)
    • Student Association Fee - $24
    • International Student Fee - $45
  • 2020 Dates: June 29-August 8