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International Applicants

Welcome, international students!

IWP has been pleased to welcome students from approximately 60 countries to study national security and international affairs in Washington, D.C. We value the experience that you bring to our classrooms, and we look forward to working with you as you pursue professional education and prepare to advance in your career.

For general guidance on graduate studies in the United States, international students can contact an EducationUSA advising center. EducationUSA is the U.S. State Department’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries around the world. These centers are designed to assist international students as they prepare to apply to and attend colleges and universities in the United States.

Application procedures

International applicants follow the same application procedures and deadlines as U.S. citizens. For more information, see Admissions Process.

International transcripts must be official copies. Transcripts that are not in English must be translated into English using a professional service. Also, international transcripts must be certified by a transcript evaluation service approved by NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). View the full list of approved members.

Scholarships

IWP offers a number of merit-based scholarships for selected students (U.S. and international). More information about these and other scholarships can be found on our Scholarships Page.

Loans for International Students

Student Visas & Social Security Cards

The Institute provides information and assistance to admitted international students in need of F-1 student visas (provided that they meet eligibility requirements). International students should contact the Registrar’s Office (202-462-2101) or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (www.ice.gov) for information on the various requirements for a student visa. All international students must complete the I-20 Request Form and mail this form to the Registrar.

Additional information about how to apply for a student visa can be found here EducationUSA – Apply_For_Your_Student_Visa.

International students in need of a social security card may apply online (www.ssa.gov) but will need to visit a local Social Security Administration office to complete the process. The Washington, D.C. office is located at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 800-772-1213.

IWP Alumni from Around the Globe

FAQs

Is IWP accredited?
Yes, on June 22, 2006, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, or MSCHE (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606), granted accreditation to the school. IWP is accredited through the 2029-2030 academic year. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution, and is licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. In addition, IWP is certified to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). IWP has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Can I change between programs?
Certificate-enrolled and current or prior continuing education students are not guaranteed admission into the degree program. Students wishing to apply to the M.A. program must follow the M.A. application instructions, which require the submission of additional and updated materials by certain deadlines. No more than five courses taken prior to the granting of degree status may be credited toward the degree, and only if the grades received are B or higher. An exception will be made for students who have taken courses prior to January 2001: all of their courses — with a B or better grade — may be credited toward the degree.
How long will it take me to earn my Master’s degree?
The IWP Master’s degree consists of 52 credit hours (12 four-credit courses plus 2 two-credit courses), which can be easily completed in two academic years for full-time students (3-4 courses per semester).  Many of our students prefer to study part-time or alternate between full-time and part-time status; the Institute’s registration and tuition procedures make this an extremely easy transition.
What are IWP’s TOEFL requirements?
The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language are required from students whose native language is not English, except for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited English language institution of higher learning or are serving as foreign diplomat in an embassy. For those taking the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 95 for the Internet-based exam is required; scores can be no more than two years old.
Does IWP accept international students?
The Institute provides information and assistance to admitted international students in need of student visas (provided they meet eligibility requirements). International students should contact the Registrar’s Office at 202-462-2101 for information on visa requirements. You may also want to peruse the website for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  “International students in need of a Social Security card may apply online, but will need to visit a local Social Security Administration office to complete the process. The Washington, D.C. office is located at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 800-772-1213.
Does IWP offer health insurance to students?
There is no student health center at the Institute, so any emergency cases are referred to the George Washington University Hospital’s Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, located approximately one mile away. The District of Columbia requires that all full-time students under the age of 26 be immunized against Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, and Tetanus. Students may not register for classes until compliance is documented. Proof of Immunization forms will be mailed to each new student upon acceptance. The forms must be filled out by the student’s physician or local Health Department.