Study Abroad Policy

In January 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notified GW that the Department has changed its approach to study abroad eligibility and payments. 

Effective August 1st, 2020, the VA will only pay for study abroad courses if the specific study abroad course is required for graduation.  

Click here for more information that the VA released:

Essentially, an immersion course or some sort of other aspect of an abroad program must be a credit requirement for graduation in order to be certified by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. 

No longer will students, whether you are active duty, veteran or dependent, be able to pursue electives for their degree by going abroad and have it paid for by VA Education Benefits if those electives can be fulfilled by taking courses at their home campus.

This new VA policy will not affect students who are currently studying abroad during the Spring 2020 semester and who complete their academic work abroad by July 31, 2020.  

As you start planning your academic course load for future semesters, please coordinate in advance with both your academic department/program and the Office of Military and Veteran Services to ensure your future study abroad program qualifies for VA payments under this policy and consider the following additional eligibility requirements:

If the study abroad program is part of your graduation requirements, the study abroad site must be an approved GW program at a VA approved teaching site;

If you are participating in a non-GW study abroad program as part of your graduation requirements, the foreign university will need to be an approved VA school.  

Please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Services via email at [email protected] or by phone during business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm) at 202-994-9570 if you have any questions.