Study Abroad

Using your VA benefits to study abroad

You can use your VA benefits to pay for study abroad courses, as long as:

  • All your study abroad courses are approved to transfer in to GW.
  • All your study abroad courses will apply towards graduation requirements.
  • The study abroad program is already approved through GW’s Office of Study Abroad.
    • If the program is not approved, or through a third-party provider, please contact our office for additional instructions.

In order to certify your study abroad courses, our office will need a memo from your academic advisor verifying:

  • Your specific courses, credits, and dates of attendance.
  • The address of the study abroad institution.
  • All your study abroad courses are approved to transfer in to GW.
  • All your study abroad courses will apply towards graduation requirements.

The VA will pay for the tuition associated with the study abroad. However, it is important to note that the VA will not pay for any program/tier fee associated with the study abroad. Such fees are the student’s responsibility to pay.

Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill ® housing payments may also be affected by study abroad. Housing is determined by where a student’s greatest rate of pursuit is. If your rate of pursuit is highest at the study abroad site, your housing will be paid based on the flat international housing rate. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the full-time international housing rate is $1650. Non-Ch. 33 students will receive their normal monthly payments based on their rate of pursuit.