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You have been admitted to the School of Engineering & Applied Science at GW but what comes next? Please explore the links below to help with your transition to becoming a student at GW SEAS. Please click the dropdowns below for important updates and other information.

GW is continuing to monitor the ongoing public health situation.   We do plan on reopening our campuses for the Fall 2021 semester to the fullest extent possible within the DC public health guidelines. We are committed to delivering the highest-quality GW experience for all of our students as we continue to follow up-to-date practices and local regulations to best ensure our community's health and well-being. Our goal is to create a safe and healthy campus environment, and our reopening plans will continue to include strategies to protect the GW community and encourage individual responsibility. 

GW has decided to require staff, faculty, and students who are in-person this Fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus. Students who are taking classes online only will not be required to show proof of vaccination.

All graduate students who plan on taking classes in-person this Fall 2021 semester must be fully immunized two weeks prior to the first day of classes, August 30, 2021. As an admitted and/or incoming graduate student, the COVID-19 vaccine will be included as part of GW’s immunization requirements that are due by the beginning of the fall semester. The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students under the age of 26 enrolled at the University, provide proof of certain immunizations prior to registration. All graduate students, regardless of age, will be required to submit COVID-19 immunization documentation. 

For more information about the vaccination requirement, please visit the GW Coronavirus Website. More detailed information about the requirement is available in the FAQs.  

Attention international students residing outside of the US

Attention international students residing outside of the US

GW will accept any vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The current FDA-authorized vaccines are available online. Authorized-WHO vaccines are listed here (under “Finalized”). As of May 3, the WHO and/or FDA have authorized Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and the Serum Institute of India vaccines. 

GW will work closely with students who received vaccines that have not been authorized (or approved) by the U.S. FDA or the WHO. Once you arrive in the U.S., you will be individually evaluated by the Colonial Health Center, which may include antibody testing to assess your immune status. Further care and individual recommendations will be based upon this evaluation. 

GW will work with any students who are experiencing barriers to obtaining a vaccine or proof of vaccination from another country or obtaining a vaccine in the US. We recommend that international students register for a U.S. FDA- or WHO- authorized vaccine. When in the U.S., you should use your D.C.-area on-campus or off-campus address. Information on how to register to receive the vaccine in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia is available here. The vaccine is available to individuals based on residency and not on citizenship status, and is provided at no charge. Please be assured that we will work with each student to ensure that GW SEAS will be able to accommodate your needs for the start of the Fall 2021 semester. 

If you have any questions regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the "International Students" section of the vaccination FAQ webpage or email [email protected] or call +1 (202)-994-5300 and select option #4.

GW is embracing a “Learning from Everywhere” approach and expects to utilize a blend of in-person and hybrid instruction to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and faculty.  We are working to ensure that students and faculty have flexibility in connecting and engaging from our Foggy Bottom campus and remote locations. Classroom seating densities will be reduced to maintain healthy distancing. The majority of classrooms and labs have interactive microphone and video technology to assist with remote course delivery. Some students will be present in the classroom, and others will be participating remotely via videoconferencing or through an online platform.  

SEAS is ready to accommodate the needs of any of our incoming students who may not be able to relocate to the Washington, DC area this fall to start your studies remotely through the Flex-Start program. SEAS will continue to offer a variety of on-campus graduate program courses online and more information will be available after course registration opens on April 15. 

Deadline for Enrollment

The deadline for graduate students admitted to an on-campus graduate degree program for the Fall 2021 semester is May 1, 2021. Admitted students who need additional time in order to finalize their decision are encouraged to email [email protected] to ask for an extension to this deadline. 

Please note: We do encourage you to submit your reply as soon as possible, as we are currently processing I-20 form requests for international students, and fall class registration will be open starting April 15 for students who have accepted their admissions offer.



Have you been admitted to GW SEAS but want more information? Then check out our quick, pre-recorded video presentations to gain further insights on the school, services, and the experiences of GW SEAS graduate students.

-Overview of GW SEAS-

-Career Services-

-The Graduate Student Experience-

-Navigating the I-20 Process (International students)-

Are you an admitted Ph.D. student but missed the information session? Please feel free to check out the recording of our live session below!

-Admitted Ph.D. Student Information Session-



The W. Scott Amey Career Services Center provides career development events, workshops and other professional services for current students and alumni of the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Visit their website to learn more about career outcomes of graduate students from your degree program and the services their team provides.

More Information


Are you an international student? Wondering about your next-steps? Looking for additional resources? Learn about everything to make your transition to GW easy and smooth.



International Students


1-on-1 Information Sessions

Interested in asking us your questions in a 1-on-1 information session? Please email us at [email protected] and we will set something up that works for your schedule!



Ready to accept your admission and become a GW student? Make sure to follow our checklist to ensure you are ready to go for Fall 2021!


Admitted Student Checklist

Updates to Flex-Start Program

Please read more about our program and the updates we have made!

flex start

GW SEAS offers admitted masters degree students the ability to start their MS degree program online through the Flex-Start program.

The Flex-Start program is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Students who participate in the Flex-Start program will have the ability to take two or three courses online during their first semester and then continue their studies in-person in Washington, DC starting the following semester (assuming they complete their courses in good academic standing and receive a valid F-1 visa prior to the start of the semester).

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