Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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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.
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.
Information about units of study at the host university
English and Comparative Literature
Government, Politics and Policy
Mathematics and Computer Science
Language and Linguistics
Philosophy, Ethics and Theology
Regional and Ethnic Studies
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
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.
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
Classes at the host university are taught in English.
See language requirement for non-native speakers of English.
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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.
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
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
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.
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.
It's expensive, but I managed within my budget and didn't end up needing to work to supplement my savings.
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.
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.