SSP strives to enroll a diverse class of students each semester and international students are an important component of the program’s student body. International students are valued because of the unique perspectives they bring to classroom discussions and to the SSP community as a whole. Recent students have come from regions across the globe, including Africa, Australia, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and South Asia.

SSP offers international students solid grounding in the theories that underly international relations as well as practical analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills that are crucial regardless of the region you find yourself working in. International graduates of the program have found employment both in the United States and around the world in a variety of organizations. See here for more information about careers for international SSP graduates.

Application Process

The application process for international applicants is the same as for United States citizens and permanent residents. Information on the application process for SSP can be found under How To Apply. Note that you may have different standardized testing requirements depending on whether or not you have completed a degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

International applicants must provide a certified English translation of their official transcript from their undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) university. Certified translations must be accompanied by the original documentation. International applicants are not required to use World Education Services (WES) or similar services, since all international grades are evaluated based on the scale upon which the applicant was graded.

SSP encourages all international applicants to visit EducationUSA’s website for their country and learn more about the services available to them. EducationUSA is a part of the U.S. Department of State and helps international students come to study in the United States.

Resources for International Students

Office of Global Services

The Office of Global Services (OGS) at Georgetown provides valuable services for international students. All international students are assigned an advisor who will assist them with all required paperwork and any other concerns. OGS offers international students academic resources, housing guides, information on cell phones and other essentials in the United States, international student groups, legal information, banking information, and visa information.


SSP merit aid is available to international students. SSP does not offer stipends or funds to cover travel or living expenses, books, or health insurance.

Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens should apply for awards offered by their governments or by governmental and private agencies in the United States or elsewhere. Please keep in mind that the application deadlines for many of these awards and scholarships fall at the same time as the SSP application deadline.

For information on financial aid offered by SSP, please visit the Financial Aid page. Additional information on financial aid in the U.S. can be found on the EducationUSA website.