International Applicants

General Information

International students, faculty, and researchers are an integral part of the McCourt and Georgetown University communities. The McCourt School welcomes and encourages applicants from all over the world to apply to and enroll in our programs. International students contribute invaluable perspective to our classroom learning environment and are active participants in our student activities. In just the past 3 years, students have joined us from these different countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

International students can reach out to our McCourt student and alumni ambassadors , some of whom are international students themselves, to learn first-hand about the student experience.

Georgetown’s Office of Global Services (OGS) has an International Student & Scholars division that is dedicated to helping international students both before and after enrollment at Georgetown. Once admitted to the McCourt School, the OGS staff will guide you through the process of obtaining your certificate of eligibility to apply for your student visa. Once on campus, OGS advisors will meet with you to make sure that you stay in compliance with your visa status and can advise you on important immigration issues regarding travel, employment regulations, OPT and more. OGS also provides cultural and educational programming.

Other sites with information that may be of interest to international students:

STEM Certification

Our Master in Public Policy (MPP), Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) and MS in Data Science for Public Policy (MS-DSPP) programs are all now STEM-certified. This will means students with F-1 visas may apply to work in the United States for two additional years beyond the standard 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT), following graduation — for a total of 36 months.

Application Requirements

Admissions requirements are the same for international students with the following exceptions: English language proficiency and international transcript requirements.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to McCourt School are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

Official TOEFL and IELTS score reports must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement. For TOEFL, send your official score through ETS to institution code 5244. For IELTS , send your score electronically to Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

International Transcript Requirements

During the application process, you do NOT need to submit any paperwork for immigration purposes, nor do you need to demonstrate funding ability. This process will be initiated if you are admitted to the university.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

International students are eligible to be considered for all of our merit-based scholarship programs , including the prestigious McCourt Scholars. Up to six McCourt scholars are selected each year to receive full-tuition, health insurance, fees and an annual stipend. Other merit-aid recipients typically receive partial tuition scholarship awards.

Cost is a concern for all students. Please visit the Office of Student Financial Services website for more information about the cost of attendance, payment plans, and private loans. International students are encouraged to look for scholarship opportunities through their home country governments. The Ministry of Education in your home country or your embassy in Washington, DC, should be able to provide you with information on available scholarship programs.

We have compiled a list of external scholarships that international students can pursue:

International Student Funding

Living in DC

Georgetown now offers one building of graduate student housing that is located nearby McCourt’s new home . The new, state-of-the-art dorm facility at 55 H Street NW, Georgetown’s first residence hall open to graduate students. Opened in the fall of 2022, this apartment-style residential community houses undergraduate and graduate students. More information about 55 H Street NW can be found here .

In addition, we do provide additional resources for living in DC and finding housing. Below are some useful websites:

Career Resources

Investing in your future career is a big reason why international students choose to study at the McCourt School. To that end, our Office of Career Development is available to assist our international students with individualized counseling, as well as workshops, career events, and networking opportunities. Take a look at some of the career and employment programming we had in 2023-2024 specifically for our international students.

In addition, below are some other career resources available to our graduate international students:

Global Alumni Network

Prominent international alumni of the McCourt School include Ivan Duque Marquez, former President of Colombia; Laura Chincilla, former President of Costa Rica; and Nicolae Stefanuta, a current member of the EU Parliament. Learn more about the McCourt alumni.

Beyond McCourt, you will become a part of the worldwide network of Georgetown alumni and have the opportunity to remain an active participant of the university’s global community.