The International Services Office (ISO) is committed to improving the student life experience of all GW international students and scholars through programming and hosts a wide variety of events each academic year.


The ISO’s Programming is intentionally built around 4 support areas for international students, which include:


1. Orientation and Adjustment

2. Immigration Support

3. Professional and Career Support

4. Social and Cultural Exchange


The International Services Office (ISO) is committed to providing support and resources to all GW international students and scholars this fall. We are HERE for YOU! We invite you to connect with us in-person this semester.

ISO Global Insider Newsletter

To keep up with the latest news for the GW international community, we encourage you to sign up for the ISO’s monthly newsletter. The Global Insider newsletter will include important news, immigration updates, event announcements, interesting student stories, fun self-care activities, and so much more! Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here!

Global Insider First Edition : Wednesday, January 18

Global Insider Second Edition: Tuesday, February 7

Global Insider Third Edition: Tuesday, March 7

Global Insider Fourth Edition: Tuesday, April 3


Orientation & Adjustment

New International Student Pre-Arrival & Orientation

GW International Students! Newly admitted Spring 2023 GW students in F-1 Student and J-1 Student status are required to complete orientation and a mandatory online check-in. We also have fun and engaging pre-arrival and orientation week events for you to join, be sure to register below!

Pre-Arrival New International Student Webinar | Friday, December 2 | 9:30AM EST | Registration Closed

New International Student Orientation | Bett's Theatre | Tuesday, January 10 | 10AM |Registration Closed

GW Foggy Bottom Campus Tour | Tuesday, January 10 | 1PM | Registration Closed

Kennedy Center Tour | Wednesday, January 11 | 12:30PM | Registration Closed

Museum of Natural History Visit | Thursday, January 12 | 1PM | Registration Closed

The View of DC & Supplies Run| Friday, January 13 | 11AM | Registration Closed

Click HERE to learn more about orientation!


Curricular Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop 1

Are you interested in employment in the U.S. following completion of your program? We invite you to join this in-person workshop hosted by the ISO’s expert advisors to learn how to obtain post-graduation work authorization while on an F-1 visa.

Wednesday, February 1 | 2PM-3:30PM | Continental Ballroom | Registration Closed


J-1 Employment & Academic Training Workshop

This workshop is for J-1 international students only. Join this in-person workshop to learn about employment and academic training opportunities as well as how to maintain your status while working. J-2 work authorization procedures will also be discussed.

Wednesday, February 8 | 2PM-3PM | USC 309 | Registration Closed


Tax Workshop for International Students & Scholars

Join the ISO and the Tax Department in person to learn all about filing taxes as an international student or scholar.

Wednesday, March 8 | 11AM - 1PM | Grand Ballroom | Registration Closed


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop

Do you plan to work or participate in internships during your time as an international student at GW? We invite you to join this in-person workshop hosted by the ISO’s expert advisors to learn how to obtain work authorization while on an F-1 visa.

Wednesday, April 5 | 2PM-3:30PM | Continental Ballroom | Register on Eventbrite


STEM Optional Practical Training (STEM OPT) Webinar

Are you a STEM student interested in applying for a 24-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT)? We invite you to join this webinar hosted by the ISO’s expert advisors to learn all about STEM OPT.

Wednesday, April 12 | 2PM-3PM | Register on Webex

All About Networking

All About Networking Webinar

Join the International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCAs) to learn about the #1 job search strategy: networking! We will help you identify strategies to develop your verbal communication skills so that you can effectively promote yourself to potential employers.

Thursday, February 16 | 4PM - 5PM | Registration Closed


International Student & Alumni Networking Night

Join the ISO, the Center for Career Services, and the Office of Alumni Relations for ISANN 2023: an opportunity to network with GW international students and alumni who have navigated the internship and job search process in the U.S. and around the world. Practice networking and connect with others who understand the realities of the international student job search process!

Wednesday, March 1 | 6:30PM - 8PM | Registration Closed


Job & Internship Search Process Webinar

Join the International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCA) for this webinar about the job and internship search process in the current environment. We will discuss useful tips and share resources on how to effectively search and apply for jobs and internships in this new reality.

Thursday, March 30 | 4PM - 5PM | Register on Webex


Ace Your Interviews Webinar

Join the International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCA) to learn about effective preparation tips and communication strategies that will increase your confidence and help you stand out at virtual and in-person job interviews.

Thursday, April 6 | 4PM - 5PM | Register on Webex


Social & Cultural Exchange



ISO Mocktails Social

Get ready to connect! Kick off the semester with the ISO and the ISCAs by enjoying great food, drinks, art, and people from all over the world while enjoying the beautiful scenery at the GW Textile Museum.

Thursday, January 19 | 3PM - 4:30PM | Textile Museum | Registration Closed

Palentine's Day Celebration

We love spending time with our international community. Join us to celebrate the day of love by enjoying delicious treats, taking part in fun activities, and networking with your international peers!

Tuesday, February 14 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Continental Ballroom | Registration Closed


Friday Fundays

Join the International Student Community Ambassadors on Fridays for fun activities and interesting conversations! This is the perfect way to end your week is a Friday Funday with the ISCAs.


Ice Skating: Friday, Janauary 27 | 1PM | Registration Closed

U.S. Capitol Tour: Friday, February 10 | 12PM | Registration Closed

National Gallery of Art | Friday, February 24 | 1:30PM | Registration Closed

Cherry Blossom Visit | Friday, March 24 | 1:30PM | Canceled due to Inclement Weather