COVID-19 Vaccine Information for International Students

May 03, 2021


Dear GW International Student, 

I hope that you saw the announcement that GW will require students, faculty and staff who are in person this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus.  

At present, fully vaccinated means receiving a vaccine authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). This information may change as the FDA and WHO authorize (or approve) additional vaccines. 

For students currently residing in the U.S., we are requiring the final dose to be completed two weeks prior to being on campus. In the United States this should be possible because vaccines are now widely available for all over the age of 16, but we understand that this is not possible everywhere. 

This communication describes how we are addressing the needs of our international student community while supporting the health and safety of our community. We also address questions you may have about what the vaccination requirement means for your ability to be in person this fall. 

For answers to the most commonly asked questions, I encourage you to visit and bookmark GW’s Vaccine FAQ. We will update this page regularly with information specific to our international students

As university leadership has shared, this fall we will be back in person to the fullest extent possible, and we will provide flexibility for those students who need remote options. If you are interested in coming back to campus for in-person learning—and, for some undergraduates, on-campus living as well—we want to make sure that you feel comfortable, safe and fully informed. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns so we can work together to help you plan for fall. We are committed to do all we can to make your experience a positive one including providing assistance with your ability to comply with GW’s vaccine mandate.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide more guidance. 

We hope to see you in person soon. In the meantime, best wishes for a successful end to the spring semester!


Jennifer Donaghue
Executive Director, International Education - The International Services Office and The Office for Study Abroad