Global Residency Course Offerings, Costs, and Eligibility

Our Global Residency Program courses are offered in a variety of locations around the globe. Due to the international nature of these courses, the costs associated with them vary by time and location.

Registration Process

Registration to GSPM's Washington D.C. Residency is handled through GWeb, similar to other GW course registration.

Application to GSPM's international courses are handled through GW Passport. (Direct links to the application are provided below for their respective courses). After the application deadline passes, GSPM reviews each application and notifies the students individually about acceptance into the program and provides the information on how to register with the GW Registrar's office.


We understand that financing your education can be stressful and challenging! With this in mind, we want to provide for you a clear picture of where your money paid to GSPM’s Global Residency Program is going – and why.

Think of the cost of a Global Residency Program as existing in two buckets: tuition and group expenses.


Each course is billed tuition that corresponds to the number of credits in the course. The tuition is a figure set annually by GW and, depending on which GSPM program you’re in, will be similar to what you would pay for a D.C.-based course. Tuition does not go toward any travel expenses. This is the bare-bones cost to simply run a course, as decided by GW.

Group Expenses

This charge covers arrangements made by GSPM on behalf of the student. What is included varies based on the residency location, but this typically includes on-location (that is, in the residency country) group transportation, group meals, lodging, and some cultural events. GW-mandated (required for study abroad under GW) health, safety, and emergency evacuation insurance is always included at $1/day, minimum $17.50. GSPM keeps none of this money. It goes directly to student expenses and often saves students out-of-pocket money, since group and bulk purchases can often be achieved at a discount.


Separate from these two GSPM payment buckets are your own controllable travel expenses. This includes non-group meals, transportation to and from airports, airfare, souvenirs, and any necessary travel documents based on the location (passports, visas, etc.). You can choose to be as frugal or as extravagant as you wish. You can pursue additional federal student aid for airfare, visa fees, meals, transportation, and other out-of-pocket costs that aren’t charged by GSPM. Please contact GW’s Office of Student Financial Assistance to explore your options.

Total Cost

It is important to note that the total cost (including tuition and group expenses) fluctuates depending on a few things, both inside and outside of your control:

• The location: Some countries are cheaper to visit than others.

• The year/time: Costs fluctuate based on economies.

• Your personal travel preferences: Extra leg room? Filet mignon on your flight? Bringing extra bags (meaning extra bag fees)?

Generally speaking, for a three-credit Global Residency Program course:



Group Expenses ($1,400-$2,000, location- and season-dependent)


$6,000-$7,000 total charged to your GSPM Student Account. And, then you can choose and pay for your own non-group meals, transportation to and from airports, airfare, and any necessary travel documents based on the location (passports, visas, etc.).


Why so expensive? Keep in mind two aspects of any GW study abroad program:

1. Per-credit tuition is charged. Three- or six-credit tuition applies to each Global Residency Program course.

2. Traveling is expensive. GSPM aims to mitigate this by booking your in-country group transportation, several group meals, and lodging at discounts based on group rates and our relationships with vendors.

GSPM does not charge anything over what it costs to have you take a three- or six-credit course at GW and also to pay for your group expenses abroad.


Merit-based scholarships are available for GSPM students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. To apply for this scholarship, please fill out this application. For questions on scholarships, please contact Laura Vasisko.

Cancellation Process

If you need to cancel your Global Residency Program course, please contact Program Coordinator Mackenzie Neal.