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International Programs

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Katherine Bellows Executive Director of the Office of International Programs
Debbie Brown Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Anka Dadarlat International Programs Advisor in the School of Continuing Studies
Nese Devrim Administrative Director, McGhee Center, Alanya, Turkey
Lisa Donatelli Director of Global Strategies and Deputy Director of OIP
Amy Dorsey Program Coordinator
Alan Earhart Administrative Director, Villa Le Balze
Lisa Gordinier Associate Director of Overseas Studies
Elizabeth Greenfeld Assistant Director of Global Strategies
María Elena Hernández Administrative Officer
Katherine Kammann Overseas Studies Advisor
Sandra Layton Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Tineka LeBrun Overseas Studies Advisor and Program Coordinator
Ali Maresh International Student Advisor
Vanessa Meyers Senior Business Manager
Meridith Price International Student and Scholar Advisor
Katy Rene Information Manager
Craig Rinker Director of Overseas Studies
Polly Robey Assistant Director of Overseas Studies
Rachel Rubin Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Annette Kuroda Russell Overseas Studies Advisor
Jason Sanderson Senior Overseas Studies Advisor
Lynn Screen Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Sara Skillman Summer Programs Administrator
Alicia Ward Immigration and Compliance Coordinator
Karen Wardzala Assistant Director, Villa Le Balze and Overseas Studies Advisor
Joan Wilson Fiscal Officer



International Programs promotes, provides, and supports international and intercultural educational opportunities for the Georgetown University community and others by serving as an information and advising resource, providing international student and scholar services, developing and administering overseas studies programs, and coordinating special projects.


Georgetown takes great pride in its international character and the over 2,600 international students, researchers, professors and staff who contribute to the uniquely multicultural learning environment on our campus. The division of International Student and Scholar Services was established to assist Georgetown’s international community with the academic, emotional, and practical concerns of living, studying, and working in the United States, while ensuring institutional immigration compliance with applicable federal regulations.

Among its primary responsibilities, International Student and Scholar Services administers immigration-related services for the University. Experienced immigration advisors are available to assist non-U.S. students and scholars with issues such as entry into the United States, authorization for employment, and the general maintenance of legal status in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

In addition to immigration assistance, the division offers a variety of other services designed to support life and study in the United States. Orientations are an important aspect of this support. For international undergraduate and exchange students, a mandatory 3-day orientation program is held each August. ISSS offers ongoing programs on topics ranging from cultural adjustment to career development throughout the academic year. For students with individual concerns, staff advisors are available to provide personalized counseling in the areas of cross-cultural communication and adjustment.

For both U.S. and non-U.S. Georgetown students, International Student and Scholar Services sponsors events and programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and celebrate the diverse international character of the University. The International Student Association, one of Georgetown’s largest student run organizations, and the Global Living Community, a living learning community within the residence hall, which focuses on international/intercultural issues, are both sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services. Each spring, ISSS sponsors Georgetown’s campus-wide international celebration, called iWEEK. Student organizations and university departments sponsor events and an international food and performance festival celebrating the global diversity on campus. Other activities held throughout the year include cultural adjustment forums; performances; and social events that educate, entertain, and bring our community closer together.

For more information on International Student and Scholar Services, please visit our website at


Georgetown University is recognized as a national leader in providing overseas studies opportunities for its undergraduates. It is important to note that studying overseas is possible for qualified students from almost all academic disciplines.

Georgetown faculty members and deans, in conjunction with the Division of Overseas Studies in the Office of International Programs, work to identify and approve programs abroad. When approved, these programs become “Georgetown-approved” and credit earned on these programs may be counted toward a student’s Georgetown degree. The Division of Overseas Studies offers academic year, semester, and summer programs in almost 40 countries. A list of Georgetown-approved programs is available at

Georgetown supports full integration into the host university’s academic environment by encouraging students to enroll in regular courses overseas whenever possible. For this reason, students of Western European languages (including French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese) joining direct matriculation programs are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in their host-country language. A number of programs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Europe are designed to facilitate the study of language, culture and area studies. In addition, several overseas programs focus on specific academic areas such as classics, business, regional politics, and community-based learning.

The International Programs Welcome Center maintains information on Georgetown program opportunities, and on internships, work, and travel opportunities. Peer Advisors are also available to provide initial information and direct students to the appropriate resources. After students have selected a program, they will meet with an Overseas Studies Advisor to discuss their proposed study site, and to receive further guidance on application and nomination procedures. The advisors also provide information on the program and organize predeparture orientation sessions.

Students are responsible for all of the information contained in the Overseas Studies Handbook, the program Academic Policies, the Overseas Studies Signature Documents, and for following the guidelines set forth in the Overseas Studies Policy Manual. General requirements for admission to programs include (but are not limited to): good academic standing, sufficient language preparation, approval of the Dean’s Office, and overall suitability for the program chosen. Students applying to universities where the language of instruction is not English are generally required to pass a language exam administered by the appropriate department.

A maximum of 17 credits (five courses) per semester and 12 credits (3 courses) in the summer may be applied towards the Georgetown degree, provided the evaluation of the student’s work is equivalent to a grade of C or better. Semester and academic year grades earned, including those for which no credit is awarded, are posted on the student’s transcript as reported by the program faculty, but are not included in the student’s Quality Point Index (QPI). Students on the Alanya, Villa le Balze, and SFS-Qatar programs and most summer programs may be directly enrolled in Georgetown courses for their overseas studies, in which case all grades received are factored into the student’s QPI.

Work completed on overseas study does not count toward fulfilling the residency requirement, with the following exceptions: semester-long study at SFS-Qatar, the Villa le Balze, or the McGhee Center, Turkey, counts as one semester toward the four semester minimum residency requirement. Some departments limit the number of overseas courses that can be applied to the major.

In most cases, study abroad fees are comparable to a semester or academic year at Georgetown University. Students pay Georgetown University full tuition for study abroad during the semester and academic year. Cost of living overseas will vary depending on the city and country in which the program is located. All forms of financial aid except work-study awards may be applied to Georgetown-approved programs and approved independent (I-status) programs.

Georgetown University continues to evaluate and add overseas studies programs so that the academic needs of the Georgetown student body are met in a variety of overseas environments. Students who wish to transfer credit for overseas semester or year programs that are not Georgetown-approved, but are administered by other U.S. institutions or foreign universities, are also required to complete the overseas studies application available at the Office of International Programs and participate in the selection and nomination process. Students are responsible for researching and understanding the program’s academic policies, integration into the host country’s system of education, orientation sessions, housing provisions, immigration requirements, and health and safety issues.

Although Georgetown cannot be expected to provide guidance and assurance on any or all of the above issues, the University does reserve the right to deny participation on a non-approved program on the basis of any one of these concerns. Transfer of credit will depend on the student’s prior academic record at Georgetown. Students who complete the overseas studies application and are nominated for participation in an independent program (referred to as independent status programs) do not take a leave of absence. These students are considered fully-matriculated Georgetown University students and subject to the same conditions of participation on overseas programs that govern Georgetown-approved programs.


Georgetown University offers short-term study abroad options through the Office of International Programs (OIP). Most programs are open to both Georgetown and non-Georgetown students. The large majority of these programs are designed and led by Georgetown University faculty, who accompany students overseas, teach or supervise instruction at foreign host universities, plan and lead cultural excursions, and provide ongoing logistical support to students. Programs run from two to eight weeks between May and August, and offer from three to twelve semester credits.

OIP also collaborates with the Georgetown SFS-Qatar campus to provide students appropriate study abroad opportunities in Doha during the summer. Interested students should contact OIP for more information. Summer overseas programs directly administered by the Office of International Programs vary from year to year. The list of available Georgetown Summer Programs is available at


The Division of Global Strategies is responsible for a wide range of strategic international initiatives within the Office of International Programs. The work of the Division includes: supporting non-credit bearing international initiatives, exchange students, graduate level international initiatives, and university-wide training on international initiatives development; overseeing the Georgetown Villas in Fiesole, Italy and Alanya, Turkey; supporting SFS-Q, Doha study abroad and initiatives; supporting the research, assessment and strategic planning agenda for OIP; reviewing international travel security; and expanding communications and partner relations.


In December 1979, the University was deeded Villa Le Balze, a villa just outside of Florence. The mansion and grounds have been named the Charles Augustus Strong Center in memory of the father of the donor, the Marquesa Margaret Rockefeller de Larrain. The formal opening of the academic program in Fiesole was in January 1981. Presently, the University offers many programs of study at the Villa. During the fall and spring semesters of each academic year, approximately twenty-five students live in the Villa and with Italian families nearby, and study the art, history, and literature of the Italian Renaissance. Students also take courses on Italian language and culture. During the summer months, approximately twenty students from Georgetown as well as other schools, go to the Villa to study various Italian topics. Students interested in the Villa Le Balze programs should visit the Villa’s website,, e-mail, or call (202) 687-5624.


In 1989, George C. McGhee, the former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, donated his 170-year old Ottoman villa to serve as the base for an overseas program in Eastern -Mediterranean Studies. The McGhee Center is located in Alanya, a town of 90,000 inhabitants situated along Turkey’s southern coast. During the fall semester, the McGhee Center hosts an intensive program featuring coursework in Turkish language and culture, contemporary politics, history, and archeology. Approximately fifteen students from Georgetown and other universities make Alanya their home during the program. Courses are taught in English by Georgetown and visiting faculty. Program highlights include a week orientation in Istanbul and Ankara, weekly course-related site-visits, and a mid-semester excursion eastern Turkey. Students interested in the McGhee Center program may visit the website at

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