Summer Programs

In the summer, experience the art world firsthand by experiencing one of GW's many global opportunities.
With travel restrictions around COVID, summer 2022 opportunities may be limited. We have listed past opportunities below.


Study Abroad

Opportunities from Summer 2022


This studio is focused on hospitality design in Lisbon, Portugal. It will offer students an exciting, in-depth study of a global site, its user group and overall experience, resulting in a boutique hotel design project. The hybrid course model (on campus and abroad), in which this course will be structured, is novel for a course of its type, but is valuable and essential in connecting off-site research with on-site research and reinforcing design decisions. Students will be guided through the process by GW faculty, as well as designers, architects and design faculty in Lisbon, culminating with a design critique and reflection on the relevance of site and user group to all design decisions.

Please email Nadia Volchansky for details.



Opportunities from Summer 2019

Commedia Dell'arte in Genoa, Italy

Ideal for theatre students, this four-week Study Abroad Program will focus on Commedia dell'Arte but also look at the history of theatre on the Italian peninsula (including opportunities to visit extant Roman theatres, Renaissance theatres, and contemporary theatres).

Students will be based in Genoa at one of the facilities of the Genoa National Theatre.  

The program will run from May 20 to June 14, 2019.

Course credit is not included, but could be worked out for additional GW fees.

For more information, contact Professor Wilson.  

Modernism in Paris

This program, taking place from June 3 -16, 2019, is connected to the class TRDA 4595 - Paris Modernism & the Arts.  

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” –Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

There is no language requirement, and the trip will fulfill a 3 credit WID course or Elliot School and Cultural Studies course.

For more information, contact Mary Buckley.


Students studying art in Paris.
video of study abroad opportunities

Interior Architecture in Barcelona

Seize the opportunity to participate in a GW Study Abroad program in Barcelona, Summer 2019!  Study Modern Architecture or Sustainability and Human Well-Being, or both!

Hans Christian Andersen, he visited Barcelona in 1862 and commented “ We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life…I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia.”

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe, they sung “Barcelona” the Olympic Hymn song of Barcelon in 1992. “Such a beautiful horizon, like a jewel in the sun, for you there will be a seagull of your beautiful ocean. The bells are ringing, open up your doors to the world.”

Ed Sheeran, singer, songwriter, record producer, “Just close your eyes and lets’ pretend we’re dancing in the street in Barcelona.”

What will you say/write after a cultural immersion into ALL that Barcelona is?

Courses: Barcelona: Modern and Contemporary Architecture and/or Barcelona: Sustainability and Human Well-Being

Dates: 1st-11th July classes will be held in Washington, DC, and 14th -26th July classes will be held in Barcelona

To learn more, visit the website, or contact Scott Jones.