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Georgetown University SAX
Washington DC, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


Georgetown University
Location: Washington, DC
Year Established: 1789
Student population: 17,800
Founded in the same year as the US Constitution came into being, Georgetown University is the country’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. It’s one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions and provides a world-class educational experience which aims to educate the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs.

Located in the historic Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, DC, students get to experience both the campus and the nation’s capital. There’s plenty to do on campus, including Hoya sports teams, performances, plays, guest speakers and hundreds of student clubs and organisations. Many local students participate in community service in the city.

Unique characteristics
With nine schools, Georgetown University offers a broad range of intellectually rigorous programs spanning the liberal arts, sciences, international relations, law, medicine, business administration and public policy. In keeping with the university’s Jesuit tradition, there is a focus on educating the whole person.

The campus is in Georgetown, a charming colonial ‘village’ in Washington that’s just 12 blocks in size with federal-style townhouses and cobblestone, tree-lined streets. You can easily venture further afield to the city, which is full of iconic museums – the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History among others, which are all free – monuments  such as the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, numerous arts and culture institutions, and, of course, the seats of power including the White House, Supreme Court the Pentagon and the State Department.

United States - Georgetown University - building

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

English and Comparative Literature

Government, Politics and Policy

Mathematics and Computer Science

International Affairs

Language and Linguistics


Philosophy, Ethics and Theology

Regional and Ethnic Studies


Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts


Exclusions: Business, Finance, Law, Medicine, Security Studies, Dentistry, PBPO, CCT

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall  Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


15 Credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.
Grading System
Grades at the host university as calculated based on the 4-point scale. More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.

Language Requirement
See language requirement for non-native speakers of English.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
International Student and Scholar Services provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of the United States of America in Australia

Student Experiences

Megan Bowmer
Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) / Bachelor of Arts, Semester 1, 2015
Host City Highlights
Top picks: The Lincoln memorial, Washington Monument, Step into Spring Fitness, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Washington D.C is a very touristy place to go, so there are a bunch of monuments, malls, and museums to visit during any day of the week.
Uni Life
Students do participate in clubs and societies and Georgetown has some of the best of the best! The social scene is very exclusive, and because of this, exchange students stick together but I also got to know local students via my room-mate.
The classes were small tutorial-style set-ups with approximately 4 contact hours per subject per week. The number of students ranged between 6-17 per class. Each week, some small assessment task was due in every single class - the work is constant, and this culminates in larger essays during midterms and finals.
I stayed on campus with an American student in a dorm, but this is extremely rare as Georgetown has a housing shortage. Off-campus housing is a really good option, but travel is a consideration and you might end up quite far from campus.
Money Matters
It's expensive, but I managed within my budget and didn't end up needing to work to supplement my savings.
Getting Around
You could spend your entire time at Georgetown IN Georgetown - you could avoid public transport if you had to. Uber is very popular and the best option for getting around at night and getting a Smarttrip card is excellent for the subway and buses.
I travelled around the whole country, going up and down the East Coast of the USA during Spring Break and on weekends - mostly to New York using Amtrak or Megabus. I did most of my travel at the end of my trip, through a company called intrepid - this was the most economical way of seeing the most cities.
Top Tips
Be prepared to work hard, and experience a strong sense of school spirit! You must attend a Hoya Basketball game, as these were a highlight for me and I don't even enjoy sport! At Georgetown you'll be exposed to a world-class education with students and professors of high calibre, so take advantage of it.


This program is currently not accepting applications.