The Walsh School of Foreign Service takes pride in the resources available to our students, from faculty and administrative advisors to library and research guides. We encourage students in the SFS to take charge of their academic careers at Georgetown with the help of the resources on this page.

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Academic Policies and Requirements

All SFS students must fulfill the requirements of the interdisciplinary core curriculum including classes in philosophy, theology, writing, government, economics and geography, as well as a language proficiency requirement. Every major has its own additional requirements, and SFS students have other opportunities including additional language study or writing a seniors honor thesis. The School of Foreign Service takes academic integrity very seriously. Every student is required to complete the online Scholarly Research & Academic Integrity Tutorial during the first semester. Students also receive instruction on proper forms of citation and how to avoid plagiarism in first year courses such as the Proseminar. Please visit the Honor System website for more information.


Language Requirements

Study Abroad


Double counting between majors and certificates is limited to no more than two classes per major. All majors will allow double counting of two classes. Some certificate programs may allow fewer than two courses to double count.
Each certificate program will have a capstone experience as defined by the program.
Students are eligible to create a self-designed certificate. A self-designed certificate must be interdisciplinary, have support of two faculty members and receive final approval by the SFS Academic Standards Committee.

(Effective with the class of 2019)

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SFS Dean’s Office

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    Joel S. Hellman

    Dean; Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development

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    Mark Giordano

    Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs; Professor of Geography and Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs

  • Mitch Kaneda
    Mitch Kaneda

    Senior Associate Dean; Director of the Undergraduate Program; Curricular Dean for IPEC majors

  • Mini Murphy
    Mini D. Murphy

    Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for STIA majors

  • Anthony Pirrotti
    Anthony L. Pirrotti

    Associate Dean; First Year and Internal Transfer Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for CULP and IHIS majors

  • Kendra Billingslea
    Kendra Billingslea

    Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for GBUS majors and the SFS/MSB joint degree Business and Global Affairs program

  • Polly Robey
    Polly S. Robey

    Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for IECO majors

  • Anna Steinhelper
    Anna Steinhelper

    Associate Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for IPOL majors (last name A-K); External Transfer Student Advisor

  • Sam Aronson
    Samuel J. Aronson

    Assistant Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for International Politics majors (L-Z)

  • Lisa Gordinier
    Lisa Gordinier

    Assistant Dean; First Year Student Advisor; Curricular Dean for RCST majors

  • Jamie Welling
    Jamie Welling

    Global Experience Program Director

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Dean’s Office, Advising & Appointments

A unique aspect of the SFS undergraduate program is its emphasis on advising. Associate and assistant deans who have relevant academic expertise provide personal advising to the students, which is different in nature from advising by faculty members or by academic counselors. The undergraduate deans aim to provide advice and services tailored to each student by connecting their interests with his/her academic background, academic and non-academic opportunities, and faculty expertise, while guiding his/her academic and personal development, within the greater mission of the School and ethos of the University. The Dean’s Office is the primary source of information for SFS undergraduate students. The Dean’s Staff is responsible for administering the undergraduate program and for advising students on all academic matters, including:

  • Completion of degree requirements
  • Adjudicating requests for leaves of absence, incomplete coursework, and other waivers of University policy
  • Course selection & registration
  • Major selection
  • Overseas study
  • Honors programs
  • Post-graduate plans

The Dean’s Office also assists students in cases of illness or emergency and provides information on campus resources available to assist SFS students with a variety of academic and health issues. Students are encouraged to contact the Dean’s Office any time they have questions or require assistance. The Office is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Tip: How should I address my dean? It is customary at Georgetown for students to address their deans, professors, and staff members as Dean X, Professor Y, and Mr./Ms. Z, respectively.

Dean Appointments
BSFS students may sign up for appointments online using Georgetown’s Google Apps. You must be logged into your Google Apps account to make an appointment.

  • Click on your dean’s name. Students will see a calendar showing the available appointments. You will also see your own Google calendar overlaid on the appointment page, making it easy to see what times work for you.
  • If the Google calendar indicates that no appointments are available until several months into the future, that simply means that the dean’s appointment slots are filled that week. Please check back on Friday for the next week’s appointments.
  • WARNING: If your Google calendar is not set for the Eastern Time Zone, you will end up making an appointment at a wrong time.
  • Out of courtesy to your fellow students if you need to cancel an appointment do so 24 hours in advance so that the time can be made available to another student.

View individual schedules and make appointments:

Report any technical problems with the appointment system to

Advising (First-Years and Undeclared Sophomores)

  • First-Years A-B: Samuel Aronson
  • First-Years C-G: Lisa Gordinier
  • First-Years H-K: Kendra Billingslea
  • First-Years L-P: Polly Robey
  • First Years Q-R: Mini Murphy
  • First-Years S: Anna Steinhelper
  • First-Years T-Z: Anthony Pirrotti
  • Sophomores A-C: Lisa Gordinier
  • Sophomores D-E: Mini Murphy
  • Sophomores F-H: Anna Steinhelper
  • Sophomores I-K: Anthony Pirrotti
  • Sophomores L-N: Samuel Aronson
  • Sophomores O-S: Polly Robey
  • Sophomores T-Z: Kendra Billingslea

Advising (Majors)

Advising (Miscellaneous)

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New and Noteworthy Courses – Fall 2020 Anchor

New and Noteworthy Courses – Fall 2020

  • STIA 215 — COVID19 and the Environment: Cynthia Wei

MW 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Increasingly, the global challenges we face occur simultaneously and intersect, demanding solutions that address multiple problems at once. The current COVID-19 global pandemic illustrates this well. While the world is grappling with pandemic disruptions and changes that we are only beginning to understand, many regions are also dealing with worsening environmental crises, such as massive locust swarms in East Africa that threaten to push the region into famine, or intensifying wildfire seasons, droughts, and floods in many regions of the world. At the same time, responses are complicated by distrust of science and expertise, and the spread of misinformation and disinformation. While the pandemic is on everyone’s minds, this course is intended to provide a unique opportunity to examine the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of its impacts and implications for concurrent environmental crises, as well as to reflect on the broader lessons of these converging crises. We will study the science related to these issues, the role of science in addressing them, and transdisciplinary approaches to addressing complex socio-environmental problems. While this course will have a primarily scientific focus, it will take an interdisciplinary approach. This is not a course with ready-made answers. Rather, we will work together to deepen our collective understanding of these intersecting global crises as they unfold in 2020.

  • INAF 336 — Calderwood — Public Applications of Foreign Policy – Beltway and Beyond: International Affairs Writing for the Real World: Kelly M. McFarland

R: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

International relations can be a convoluted, esoteric, and complicated subject… and that’s for those of us who spend years studying it. The majority of courses dealing with international relations focus on issues of theory, or take in-depth looks at certain topics or regions. This course, though, will focus on something different. This course will teach students to communicate the theories, methods, and knowledge they have learned to the public through a set of varied writing assignments. Explaining something in writing to a non-expert requires a deep understanding of one’s field. While international relations can be an extremely complicated subject matter, it is also one that needs to be articulated to the public now, more than ever. Moreover, students will also play a critical role in editing and critiquing other students work. We spend little time on this in college, but it is a tool that you will use consistently in the “real world” Ultimately, students will learn to take the deep knowledge and skills that they have learned throughout their college careers and transform it into prose that explains boos, public speeches, and articles, and to then write public-facing articles based off this material. It will also teach students to think more broadly and critically about the intersection between international relations and the broader public, and to better engage in the broader domain of international relations. The professor is Director of Programs and Research at the SFS Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He is a diplomatic historian who served in multiple roles at the Department of State. Restricted to seniors, however qualified juniors may inquire with the professor about enrolling.

  • INAF 329 — Clab — University Design Problem –  Georgetown 2030: Mark Giordano, Randy Bass, Noah Martin

T R: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Would you like to directly impact the next 100 years of SFS education? The University as a Design Problem is a combination seminar and studio centered on reimagining the School of Foreign Service curriculum for 2039 and beyond. The seminar portion provides a grounding in the theory and discourse surrounding higher education, with particular emphasis on understanding the new dynamics of how learning, education and “school” fit together in a globalized, virtualized and uncertain world. The studio portion allows you to apply design thinking to a re-imagination of the SFS curriculum of the future. Students will work in team on areas of their interest to develop visionary proposals for the SFS while interacting and learning from separate sections of the class working with the College and MSB. Mark Giordano, outgoing STIA director and incoming SFS Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, will be actively involved in the class and a client ready to take forward inspirational ideas. If you want to inform the future of SFS education, this is a place to do it.

  • INAF 112 — Data for Social Impact: Cori Zarek

W 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Data is increasingly a major driver in modern society. It informs the way decisions are made by companies, governments, civil society, and average community members. It is even akin to currency as we voluntarily exchange our data for services like email and social media and involuntarily exchange it in ways we’re constantly discovering. In this course, we will focus on the ways that data can be leveraged for social impact — to make it easier to access housing or healthcare, to curb the effects of climate change, to focus foreign aid where it can do the most good, and more. Students will cover the building blocks of data, learn about policies that impact how data can be used, and discuss real-world examples of ways that data can drive social impact.

  • CULP 218/DBST 218 — Nazi Policy and Practice Regarding Disability: Dennis McManus, Patrick Desbois

F 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Life Unworthy of Life”: Nazi Policy and Practice Regarding Disability. This course will examine both the philosophy and the practice of the Nazis against those who were disabled, whether German, Roma or Jewish. Emphasis will be placed in two areas: (1) the roots of the concept of “disability” in Nazi thinking and medical policy and (2) the application of this policy by medical and social service personnel throughout Nazi-occupied territory. A close look at the role of eugenics, social Darwinism and “race and blood” hygiene laws will also be included as contributing to the notion of “disability” Various figures in implementing these policies will also be studied, such as Hans Asperger, a pioneer researcher in Autism, whose own discoveries encouraged the elimination of disabled children at killing centers such as Spiegelgrund. Mid-term essays and oral finals. Seminar and lecture. Reading and film assignments. Letter grades warded. Team-taught: Fr/ Patrick Desbois and Fr. Dennis McManus.

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1-Credit Courses

Fall 2020

  • INAF 112 – Data for Public Good; Cori Zarek
  • INAF 216 – The Other Terrorists; William Blinder
  • INAF 262 – Community Based Terrorism; Mehreen Farooq
  • INAF 274 – Currencies & Technology; Brian Lawler
  • IPOL 240 – Intro to Military Concepts; John Gordon
  • IPOL 325 – Gettysburg; Thomas McNaugher
  • IPOL 353 – Games as an Analytical Tool; Becca Wasser
  • LASP 494 – Latin American Proseminar I; Matthew Carnes

Spring 2020

  • ARST 318-01 – US Foreign Policy & The Gulf; Susan Ziadeh
  • CULP 275-01 – Music IR: Jazz as Diplomacy; William Layman
  • INAF 008-01 – Map of the Modern World; Mark Giordano
  • INAF 008-02 – Map of the Modern World; Mark Giordano
  • INAF 207-01 – Global Challenges Changing World; Katherine Donato
  • INAF 210-01 – Diverse Voices in Foreign Affairs; Carla Koppell
  • INAF 211-01 – Intelligence 101; John Gentry
  • INAF 216-01 – The Other Terrorists; William Blinder
  • INAF 283-01 – Social Entrepreneurship; Michael Malloy
  • INAF 331-01 – The School that Walsh Built; Emily Zenick, Anthony Arend
  • INAF 338-101 – Internship in International Affairs; Mini Murphy
  • INAF 344-01 – Leadership in Foreign Affairs; Kristie Kenney
  • INAF 353-01 – Iraq – History and Politics 1917-2019; Joseph Sassoon
  • IPOL 240-01 – Intro to Military Concepts; J Gordon
  • IPOL 325-01 – Gettysburg: Strategy and Tech; Jim Rabon
  • JCIV 279-01 – Israel National Security Decision Making; TBA
  • STIA 404-01 – Conversations in Global Health; John Monahan, Maeve Kennedy McKean
  • STIA 436-01 – Air Quality Innovation; Christian Wagner

Spring 2019

  • JCIV 011 – What Do Jews Think About Multifaith; Rachel F Gartner
  • JCIV 016 – Conflict: Leanr from Jews and Hindus; Rachel Gartner, Brahmachair Vrajvihar Sharan
  • INAF 207 -01  – The Rise of Global Challenges; Shareen Joshi
  • INAF 207-02 – Global Challenges Changing the World; Elizabeth Arsenault
  • INAF 207-03 – Global Challenges Changing the World; Irfan Nooruddin
  • INAF 211 – Intelligence 101; John Gentry
  • INAF 216 – The Other Terrorists; William Blinder
  • IPOL 240 – Introduction to Military Concepts, Organizations, and Operations; John Gordon
  • INAF 262 Community-Based Terror Prevent – Mehreen Farooq
  • INAF 274 – Currencies and Technologies – Nan Ellen Nelson
  • CULP 275 – Music as International Relations: Jazz as Diplomacy; Will Layman
  • INAF 298 – Social Entrepreneurship; Mike Malloy
  • CULP 325 – Government and Liberty in the Digital Age; Prem Trivedi
  • IPOL 325 – Gettysburg: Strategy and Tech; Thomas McNaugherINAF 331 – The School that Walsh Built; Emily Zenick and Tony Arend
  • INAF 338 – Internship in International Affairs; Samuel Aronson
  • IPOL 340 – Yemen: The Anatomy of a Failed and Broken State; Gregory Johnsen
  • INAF 344 – Effective Leadership in Foreign Affairs; Kristie Kenney
  • IPOL 353 – Gaming a Counter-ISIL Strategy; Rebecca Wasser
  • INAF 382 – Char, Conscience and Courage – Nan Ellen Nelson
  • CULP 395 – Thesis Proposal Workshop I; Anthony Pirrotti
  • CULP 397 – Thesis Proposal Workshop II; Anthony Pirrotti

Spring 2018

  • HIST 205 – The Rise of Global Challenges; John Tutino
  • INAF 211 – Intelligence 101; Liz Arsenault
  • IPOL 240 – Introduction to Military Concepts, Organizations, and Operations; John Gordon
  • CULP 275 – Music as International Relations: Jazz as Diplomacy; Will Layman
  • INAF 317 – Understanding Trump’s Foreign Policy; Dan Byman
  • ARST 318 – U.S. Foreign Policy and the Gulf
  • IPOL 325 – Gettysburg: Strategy, Technology, Outcome; Thomas McNaugher
  • INAF 331 – The School that Walsh Built; Emily Zenick and Tony Arend
  • INAF 344 – Effective Leadership in Foreign Affairs; Kristie Kenney
  • IPOL 354 – International Negotiation Lab; Jim Seevers, Anna Steinhelper
  • CULP 395 – Thesis Proposal Workshop; Anthony Pirrotti
  • LASP 431 – In Focus: the Caribbean; Camille Gaskin Reyes and Angelo Rivero-Santos
  • LASP 432 – In Focus: Puerto Rico; Anna Deeny and Angelo Rivero-Santos
  • LASP 433 – In Focus: Central America; M Daniel Vazquez Diaz
  • ARST 447 – Arab Cinema

Fall 2018

  • IPOL 240 – Introduction to Military Concepts; John Gordon
  • INAF 242 – Foreign Policy Speechwriting; Andrew Imbrie
  • INAF 262 – Community-Based Responses to Terrorism Prevention; Mehreen Farooq
  • IPOL 312 – Public Diplomacy in the Era of Trump; Dana Shell Smith
  • CULP 325 – Government and Liberty in the Digital Age; Prem Trivedi
  • IPOL 325 – Gettysburg: Strategy, Technology, Outcome; Jim Rabon
  • INAF 331 – The School that Walsh Built; Emily Zenick and Tony Arend
  • INAF 338 – Internship in International Affairs – Kendra Billingslea
  • INAF 382 – Character, Conscience, and Courage; Nan Ellen Nelson
  • CULP 396 – Thesis Workshop; Anthony Pirrotti
  • IPEC/IECO 490 – Econ Research and Development; Shareen Joshi
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Some forms can be found in hard copy in the SFS Dean’s office.

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Incoming Students

Welcome to SFS, new Hoyas! We are eager for you to join us on campus and begin your journey in the Georgetown tradition. As you prepare to begin your first year on the Hilltop, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the logistics of your transition from high school or another university to the School of Foreign Service.

Advanced Credits (AP, IB, 13th Yr Programs, and College Courses)

  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits: Credits for scores that have been received by Georgetown are posted in MyAccess. If any are missing, alert your dean and bring to them your original copy of the AP score report. View AP transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) credits: Credits are possible for Higher Level subjects with scores of 6 or 7.  Credits for scores that have been received by Georgetown are posted in MyAccess. If any are missing, alert your dean and bring to them your original copy of the IB Diploma. View IB transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
  • 13-Year Programs (A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, etc.): Bring your official transcript to the SFS Dean’s Office (ICC 301) and leave it with the receptionist for Dean Aronson.  If you are eligible for credit it will be added to your record. View international program transfer credit eligibility for the class of 2023.
  • College Credits: For courses that satisfy the conditions of transfer credit, please work with your dean to post them on your record.  For more information, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.
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Undergraduate Majors

Read detailed information for each undergraduate major:

Declaration Timeline

For all SFS sophomores, the major declaration period begins at the end of the Add-Drop period in September and ends on the Friday before Spring Break. Major declaration must be completed in its entirety by no later than this Friday. If a student is applying for overseas study, major declaration has to be completed before initiating study abroad application, since a meaningful application for junior year abroad cannot be constructed without having declared a major. Note that some study abroad deadlines are during the fall of sophomore year. There are several steps in the major declaration process and students cannot complete them in a day or two. Students need to plan ahead in order to make sure that they meet the deadline. Students who fail to declare a major by the Friday prior to spring break are not allowed to register for fall courses.

General Declaration Procedures

  1. Students must complete a major declaration form indicating which core courses have been completed. If possible, students should indicate when they hope to fulfill outstanding requirements. This form is submitted with the final essay to the curricular dean responsible for the major. International History majors must also complete the IHIS study plan.
  2. Students also must write a short essay that outlines the intellectual project they hope to pursue in the context of their major. Students should identify the themes and questions they wish to explore and discuss their plans for doing so. Students preparing for study abroad should include their rationale for the location and course of study they wish to undertake. Most major declaration essays are 250-500 words, but they may be longer. Students should consult with faculty members and curricular deans when writing this essay.
  3. Once students complete the steps outlined above, they must make an appointment for a sophomore review with the curricular dean responsible for their major. The purpose of the sophomore review is to assess progress toward graduation and make students aware of remaining requirements and opportunities. During the meeting, the curricular dean reviews the major declaration materials and addresses any questions that students may have.
  4. Students intending to pursue the RCST major should review the specific declaration instructions.

Additional information on majors:

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Undergraduate Programs, Fellowships & Research

There are a number of ways you can distinguish yourself as an undergraduate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. SFS offers a wide range of fellowships and programs for research and study. Undergraduates can pursue scholarships toward internships, travel for academic research, study abroad opportunities, economic conferences, and more. SFS also offers early assurance and accelerated master’s degree programs for qualified undergraduates.

Latin Honors
In order to ensure that Latin honors represent a mark of distinction, they will be calculated within designated percentiles according to the following rules (beginning with the graduating class of 2017). Please note that in all cases, honors are determined by percentiles in each school (including SCS) and that all students receiving the BSFS degree (in SFS or SFSQ) will be considered together. Degrees are conferred with honors based on the student’s final cumulative grade point average.

  • The lowest grade point average (GPA) of the top five percent (5.000%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed by the undergraduate students of the next graduating class to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
  • The lowest GPA of the next ten percent (i.e., the top 15-5.001%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed to graduate Magna Cum Laude.
  • The lowest GPA of the next ten percent (i.e., the top 25-15.001%) of the previous year’s graduating class will be used to determine the GPA needed to graduate Cum Laude.

Graduation honors for the Class of 2017 (which includes August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduates) will be awarded on the following basis:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.912 and above
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.844 and above
  • Cum Laude: 3.772 and above

Phi Beta Kappa
Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society that recognizes scholarly attainment in the liberal arts and sciences. The Georgetown Chapter, Delta of the District of Columbia, was founded in 1964.

Membership is extended to up to the top ten percent of the graduating class, and the top two percent of the junior class, from the School of Foreign Service, the College, and Health Studies and International Health majors in the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

For more details on accelerated graduate degree programs, click here.

Fellowships and Research

Alexander Lezhnev Research Travel Grant
The Alexander Lezhnev Research Travel Grant was established by Virginia D. Lezhnev for undergraduates who have papers accepted at international conferences. The Grant is for travel, supplies, and other related expenses while attending the conference.

Alvarez Memorial Scholarship
The Alvarez Memorial Scholarship provides scholarship awards to SFS students who, due to limited financial resources, would otherwise be unable to accept non-paying public interest internships or research assistantships. The Scholarship is available for current students who receive need-based financial aid from the University.

BSFS Dean’s Undergraduate Fund
The School of Foreign Service Undergraduate Dean’s Fund offers academic year reimbursements for either thesis projects or other academic research. All School of Foreign Service students, first year through fourth year, are encouraged to apply. Please see the application for important information and project criteria. Students may apply in groups or individually. To apply, please fill out the application form. The committee reviews applications on a bi-monthly basis and will not consider last minute requests. For questions please email the BSFS Deans account at

Carroll Fellows Initiative
The Carroll Fellows Initiative helps its Fellows organize and support their pursuit of excellence in a community of like-minded peers. Carroll Fellows value hard work, patience, honesty, rationality, curiosity and learning. They treat their college years as a laboratory in leadership and define themselves as thinkers who do. Fellows also receive structured research training as part of the CFI Forum. Students apply to the Carroll Fellows in the fall of their first year.

Carroll Round
The Carroll Round is an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University that provides a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field.

China Studies Fellowships
Undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students with advanced Chinese language ability can apply for one of six China Studies Fellowships, including tuition, room, and board, at National Chengchi University.

Circumnavigators Club Fellowship
For more information on this fellowship, look in The Globe.

Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR)

The Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR) provides guidance and support to students and alumni pursuing a broad range of merit-based fellowships, scholarships, and awards for domestic and international study, research, and professional development – from the Rhodes Scholarship to the Fulbright Fellowship. For more information about fellowship opportunities and the support that GOFAR provides to student scholar and professional development, please visit or email

Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP)
GUROP offers all students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member in their discipline. Students are matched with faculty doing research within an area of interest and commit 60 hours/semester to the specific project.

Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Symposium
The symposium gives undergraduates students in all fields of research an opportunity to present their work to the Georgetown community in a formal setting. Applicants need only send an abstract and an outline to be considered. Work is shared through poster presentations, moderated panel discussions, and individual presentations. The symposium also honors the faculty mentors who facilitate undergraduate research at Georgetown.

Improving the Human Conditions Award
The Improving the Human Condition Award offers funding to BSFS students engaged in meaningful summer projects that improve the quality of life for others. These projects may be conducted through structured internships, research assistantships, or independent work with an international focus. The selection committee looks for students who have a commitment to social causes and an understanding of how their passion and experiences supplement and enhance their academic work. Past recipients, graduating seniors, and students on leave may not apply for the Improving the Human Condition Award. All other students are encouraged to submit an application. Due to extenuating circumstances as a result of Covid-19 disruptions to global opportunities this summer, all opportunities must be done remotely (online) to qualify. For more information, please read the FAQ.

Institute Study of Diplomacy Fellows
The Junior Fellowship in Diplomacy program provides selected BSFS undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent study projects that focus on recent and current diplomatic problems, issues and questions. Students are paired with an advisor to research a project of their choosing and participate in other activities during the fellowship. Students apply in the spring of their junior year to the fellowship which offers academic credit and a tuition stipend.

Mark Adamsson Prize
The Mark Adamsson Prize is awarded each year to a member of the SFS junior class. It honors the memory of Mark Adamsson, an SFS student who passed away unexpectedly in 2015. The Prize of $5,000 supports a summer-long international project which may take the form of research or an equally rewarding and useful initiative to make the world a better place. Winners are expected to provide a brief report on their summer’s work by the end of September of their senior year, to be shared with the Dean’s office, past winners of the Prize, and friends and family of Mark Adamsson.

Spring 2021 Application Process: TBD.

Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows program (MURFS)
The School of Foreign Service and the Mortara Center for International Studies sponsor the Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. As part of the University’s strong commitment to undergraduate research, a select group of SFS students partner with professors as research-assistants and potential co-authors on complex research projects throughout their undergraduate career.

National Honor Societies
Students in the School of Foreign Service are eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit National Honor Society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics National Honor Society), Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society in Political Science), Phi Alpha Theta (International Honor Society in History), Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society), Phi Lambda Beta (Portuguese National Honor Society), and Dobro Slovo (National Slavic Honor Society).

National Scholarships and Fellowships
School of Foreign Service students can apply for over a dozen scholarships and fellowships to conduct research in any discipline both during and after their undergraduate studies through the GOFAR office. SFS students have successfully competed for prestigious awards including Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman and Mitchell Scholarships.

Paul Pelosi Scholars
The mission of the Pelosi Scholars Initiative is to provide exceptional SFS undergraduate students with the professional skillset and network of practitioners and scholars necessary to address the most pressing international challenges of our time. In keeping with the school’s century-long tradition of preparing students for public service and global leadership, PSI enables students to complement their rigorous academic coursework with mentorship and professional experience in order to recognize their full potential as women and men for others. Applications are due September 21, 2019. To complete an application, please click here.

Peter F. Krogh Honors Seminar
Named for the Dean Emeritus of the School of Foreign Service, this seminar offers 15 highly qualified students the opportunity to work closely with a senior member of the faculty. The Krogh seminar always addresses a theme of central importance in international affairs, with the topic and professor changing from year to year. Students apply to participate in the seminar in their sophomore year.

Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Awards (PURPAS)
The Office of the Provost announces a pilot program that provides funds for undergraduates who want to extend their undergraduate research efforts beyond the Georgetown campus in either traditional or innovative ways, in the form of conference presentations, publications, or performances. The Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Awards (PURPAS) support students who want to bring the findings of their research to a professional or scholarly community, or to other venues. There are multiple mechanisms for supporting thesis and independent research on campus, such as tutorials, GUROP, Raines, Kalorama, and various research fellowships. However, limited funds are available for the creative and expansive dissemination of the results of research, through, for example, conference presentations, publications, and performances.

Undergraduate Scholars Program
The School of Foreign Service Undergraduate Scholars Program will place SFS undergraduate students in different research centers, often tied to master’s programs, throughout the School. Students interested in national security might work with the Center for Security Studies, those interested in Asia with the Asian Studies Program, and so on. Scholars will work on professional projects, conduct advanced research, get to know graduate faculty and master’s students, and engage the intellectual life of the programs. The particulars will vary: some scholars might conduct research in teams for an international organization or corporation. Others would assist Georgetown scholars in their research. Still others might do independent work under the supervision of a graduate student and professor. All scholars, however, will be part of a small group focused on cutting-edge research and important issues in the world today. Scholars will be with the centers and programs for at least a year.

The AY 2021-2022 application window is closed as of Monday, April 12, 11:59 p.m. ET. The next application period will take place in March 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out to Patty Ritter, SFS Undergraduate Dean’s Office Program Coordinator, at

Walsh Exchange
The Walsh Exchange is an undergraduate international relations research conference held in April. Focusing on the three broad themes of international institutions, international politics and security, and area studies, the Exchange affords top students the ability to gain greater exposure for their research by presenting in a formal conference setting.

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Undergraduate Career Center

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Global Experiences

SFS students understand the benefits from exposure to different ideas, cultures, people, and places that push boundaries and comfort zones. That is why nearly 70% of SFS undergraduate students spend some time abroad. Experiences range from short-term opportunities to longer full-immersion experiences.

Georgetown University has no shortage of exceptional global opportunities for students to participate in both within the SFS and around campus. SFS continues to work to better prepare students for a more globally-connected future and facilitate opportunities so that every SFS student may be able to participate in a global experience before graduating.

Below you will find some of the opportunities that are open to SFS undergraduate students around campus. If you see something of interest or if you hear about an opportunity not listed below, please make an appointment or stop by to discuss.

Jamie Welling
Global Experience Program Director
ICC 304 | | [+001] 202-687-2941

Short-term and Summer Opportunities

Long-Term Opportunities

Global Internship, Fellowship, and Research Opportunities & Resources

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