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Office of Global Services

The Office of Global Services (OGS) performs two primary functions: (1) Facilitating the global activities of students, faculty, departments, and schools; and (2) Supporting non-US citizen students and scholars who hold university-based immigration status.  

OGS coordinates and advises on a variety of programs that promote cross-cultural understanding across the University, such as the Global Living Community, the Language Exchange Program, and Global Expo, a campus-wide celebration of Georgetown’s international diversity. OGS and its campus partners also offer a series of social and developmental programs throughout the year. Our international students play a critical role in these experiences, as members of the International Students Association, as International Ambassadors at Orientations, and as student employees in OGS.

Global Program Support Services

Global Program Support Services (GPS) manages protocols for global activities and operations and administers the University’s International Travel Policy for groups and individuals traveling abroad for University-affiliated purposes. GPS monitors international security indicators and provides health and safety guidance to outbound travelers. In collaboration with Georgetown departments, GPS also develops and executes agreements with international partner institutions. GPS oversees operations at Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze in Fiesole, Italy, which hosts a wide range of university programs and conferences. 

For more information, please visit the Office of Global Services website.

International Student and Scholar Services

Georgetown takes great pride in the more than 3,500 international students, researchers, professors and staff who each contribute to our uniquely multicultural learning environment.

International Student & Scholar Services (IS) liaises between the Georgetown community and the U.S. government’s increasingly complex regulatory structure, including administration of Georgetown’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, a U.S. Department of State initiative aimed at fostering global understanding.

After admission, IS provides the documentation that international students need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad to study at Georgetown. Undergraduate degree, transfer, exchange, and visiting GU-Qatar students who enter the United States in F-1 or J-1 status complete an online International Student Orientation in Canvas and attend a mandatory in-person Immigration Session r in addition to the New Student Orientation (NSO).

Students have dedicated IS Advisors who help them maintain legal F-1 or J-1 status in the United States throughout, and even beyond, their academic degree program.  IS Advisors provide guidance on a wide variety of issues, including confronting the challenges of living and learning in Washington, DC, obtaining required authorizations for internships and practical training benefits, and managing cultural adjustment issues.

Additional information and resources for F-1 and J-1 international students are available on the International Student & Scholar Services website.