Current status

IWP resumed in-person instruction at both the DC and Reston campuses during the Fall 2021 semester. Policies from the IWP Fall 2021 Reopening Plan will remain in effect during Spring 2022. 

Please be advised that, to maximize the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff, IWP will be requiring proof of vaccination from the COVID-19 virus. This is a requirement for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus (including the library). If you have not yet received your vaccination, you should schedule a visit with a health care provider to get any one of the available vaccines (click here for more information). Exceptions for proof of vaccination may be made on a case-by-case basis for religious and/or health reasons.

Information on safety and sanitizing protocols will be available soon.

IWP mission and goal

IWP is committed to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, regardless of the method used to deliver instruction.

Whether classes are held in person or online, the Institute is dedicated to providing the best education possible for its students. To that end, IWP faculty and staff have worked to ensure a smooth transition from physical classrooms to virtual platforms where students can still pursue their learning objectives.

The Institute is open to all feedback regarding online learning and is constantly trying to tailor its virtual services to the needs of its community.

Student experiences with virtual learning

After surveying students who took virtual classes in 2020, IWP found:

  • 95% said IWP staff and administrators were sufficiently available to answer student questions or concerns.
  • 95% of students believed professors were sufficiently available to communicate outside of class, via email or Zoom.
  • Over 80% reported being satisfied or somewhat satisfied with Zoom learning.
  • Over 75% of students were not concerned about falling behind because of online learning.
  • Over 50% of students at IWP believed online learning could generally be as effective as in-person learning.

Students have commented:

  • “The faculty members have been great with the virtual environment.”
  • “I feel that I’m still getting the same great quality of education as I did when in class. It really has to do with the student motivation and their comfort with technology.”
  • “Overall, I think IWP has done a great job. Online learning is a big adjustment for most of us in one way or another. I’ve appreciated the transparency and communication from staff, and the willingness of professors to experiment with different teaching methods so we can get the best experience possible.”

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