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Fall Abroad Participation & Eligibility

Who can participate?

The Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC) is open to GW students who meet the following criteria:

  • Are in good judicial and academic standing (2.00+ cumulative GPA)
  • Have completed 45 credit hours by the time of departure
  • Plan on studying abroad during a fall semester, including academic year students
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Can I study abroad in the fall if I am not a member of FOFAC?

Yes, students can certainly study abroad in the fall without participating in FOFAC.  However, this program offers many benefits only available to FOFAC members.


How do I apply to this program? When are applications due?

Students apply to FOFAC via GW Passport.  Interested students should keep the following deadlines in mind:

  • November 1: FOFAC application opens on GW Passport
  • February 15: Deadline for students who wish to live in FOFAC housing (1959 E Street)
  • March 15: Final application deadline for those who do not wish to live in FOFAC housing
  • Mid-April: Deadline for FOFAC scholarship application


Helpful application tips:

  • To apply, please click on "Apply Now" at the top of this page to open your application. 
  • Once your application has all boxes checked, your FOFAC application is complete.
  • You can apply to FOFAC even if you are undecided regarding your study abroad program and/or location. FOFAC should be your first step in the study abroad process if you plan on studying abroad in the fall!
  • The deadline for your study abroad program may be before or after the FOFAC deadline.
  • All applicants must also follow the standard study abroad procedures and deadlines to apply for their specific study abroad program including completion of provider applications as well as submission of transcripts, recommendation letters, and any other required documents as specified in the individual applications. 
 

If you have any questions, contact us at (202) 994-1649 or email fofac@gwu.edu.


How is my application reviewed?

The Office for Study Abroad completes the application review and notifies students of their admission to the program on a rolling basis.

  1. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative GW GPA of 2.00 and 45 credit hours by departure.
  2. All applicants must submit the online application by February 15th at 11:59pm if they'd like to take advantage of FOFAC Housing, or by March 15th at 11:59pm if they do not wish to live in FOFAC Housing.
  3. Students must study abroad during the fall semester.  If you plan to participate in an academic year program, you are still eligible to participate in FOFAC.
  4. Students must be in good academic and judicial standing.
  5. Students must participate in a GW approved study abroad program. Students who elect to petition to participate in a non-approved program are eligible if their petition is approved.

I've applied to FOFAC.  What's next? When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?


All FOFAC applicants need to complete at least one study abroad program application in GW Passport.  Deadlines vary by program and may fall before or after the FOFAC application deadline.  You can commit to FOFAC while you are still deciding your study abroad program and/or location.

Students who are admitted will be notified on a rolling basis beginning in late November.  Those who are admitted are expected to commit to FOFAC via GW Passport by the beginning of March.
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What if I decide not to study abroad or participate in FOFAC after I have confirmed participation in the program?

If you decide to not participate in FOFAC after confirming participation, you will forfeit any other benefits you may have received through the program, including tuition awards and scholarships.

Is there a FOFAC living and learning community? Is participation required?

Students who apply by February 15th and are admitted to FOFAC can decide to apply to live in on-campus, spring-only FOFAC housing for the spring semester.  Students can include potential roommates in their housing application as long as all students are members of FOFAC.  Housing placement is randomized and not guaranteed.  If students do not receive a spot in FOFAC housing, they will be placed in FOFAC "clusters" in various residence halls.

FOFAC students are not required to live in FOFAC housing.  All students may apply for on-campus, spring-only housing while abroad if they do not wish to live in FOFAC housing. Students opting to arrange housing on their own may be required to complete a Spring Only Housing Application which will be available to them during the fall semester. Housing placement is randomized for students choosing this option.  

Will I receive a tuition award as a member of FOFAC?  Is there a separate application for the award?
Only students studying on a GW program (GW England, GW Paris, GW Madrid, or GW Chile) or a GW Exchange may receive a $1,500 tuition award on their GW bill for being a member of FOFAC.  Students studying abroad with particular providers are eligible for a $1,000 award. There is no separate application for these awards outside of the FOFAC application.  Additional financial benefits for FOFAC students can be found here. Please email fofac@gwu.edu with any questions!  

Students participating in all other GW approved study abroad programs are still eligible for FOFAC and all other FOFAC benefits, but will not receive a tuition award.

What are current FOFAC students doing abroad?

Follow their experiences on FOFAC's Instagram!
 
Fall 2020 FOFAC Tabling and Info Session Schedule: 
  • Dates are forthcoming!
All sessions will take place in Colonial Crossroads in Marvin Center 506, unless otherwise noted above.

Thursday, January 13

3:00-3:30pm

Friday, January 21

2:00-2:30pm

Tuesday, January 25

2:00-2:30pm

Monday, January 31

3:00-3:30pm

Friday, February 4

4:00-4:30pm

Thursday, January 13

3:00-3:30pm

Friday, January 21

2:00-2:30pm

Tuesday, January 25

2:00-2:30pm

Monday, January 31

3:00-3:30pm

Friday, February 4

4:00-4:30pm