International Students

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.

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.

The only difference may be in the standardized testing requirement. International applicants who earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction are required to take the GRE.

International applicants who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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.

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. The 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, please visit Tuition and Scholarships or see the following sites: