GWU U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program Accepting Applications!

I would like to remind you that the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program is still accepting applications:

U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era: Washington, D.C. and the World

Advanced Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Professionals Invited to Apply


Session One: June 1-12

Session Two: July 6-17




Held in the heart of Washington DC, these dynamic two-week seminars are ideal for students and professionals from around the world who wish to learn more about how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, the history that informs it, the political culture that sustains it, the ideas and interests that drive it, and the people and institutions responsible for its implementation.. Students will interact with leading scholars, officials, and other professionals to gain an understanding of the many influences and perspectives that are brought to bear on U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era seminars will be especially attractive to those interested in political science, international relations, American studies, area studies, public policy or public administration, journalism, and business.

For the past eleven years, the Elliott School has offered these summer seminars to teach participants about the complex factors that shape Washington’s interaction with the world. Students attend on-site and off-site lectures with our faculty and other prominent guest speakers from institutions around the city. Our lead professor, Kimberley L. Thachuk, is a senior intelligence and policy analyst with an extensive career in Washington DC focusing on transnational issues. She is a true “insider’s insider” in the foreign policy community, and the students are the direct beneficiaries of her connections.

The Elliott School offers two, two-week sessions, both open to graduate students, professionals, and select advanced undergraduate students. Participants earn 3 George Washington University academic credits for successful completion of the seminar; and depending upon their academic programs, students may apply these credits toward their degree requirements at their home institutions. Students may also choose to audit the course.

We offer affordable housing on GW’s campus, just steps from the White House, the National Mall, and the World Bank. Each seminar is capped at 25 people; and in past years approximately half of the participants were from outside the United States.

Please encourage your students to consider this exciting program as an excellent way to acquire an in-depth understanding of the context in which U.S. foreign policy is made and implemented, while at the same time spending part of the summer in Washington, DC. More information is available on our web site: and in our digital brochure. Students can also join the program Facebook page here. If you have any questions or would like hard copy materials, please feel free to contact me or our coordinator Katherine Safon at or at (202) 994-7678. Thank you so much for your help.


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