International Students

The MAGES program actively recruits international students, who typically make up 20-30% of the incoming class each year. Most of our international students are from Europe, although we have welcomed students from Latin America, Africa, and Asia over the past twenty-five years. The resulting mix of perspectives and backgrounds in each MAGES cohort contributes to a vibrant intellectual community within the BMW Center. 



That's an excellent question, deserving of a convincing answer. There are many strong programs in European studies around the world, but what makes us unique is that we are a part of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and home to the world's top-ranked Master's programs in international relations. The BMW Center is a leader in providing a policy-relevant education in European Studies that is informed and framed by the broader transatlantic relationship.

Our students understand that examining contemporary Europe in the context of its critically important and continually evolving relationship with the United States is central to analyzing global challenges and developing effective solutions to address them. Whether they choose to continue working in the U.S. or return to their home countries, our international students find that their education at the BMW Center prepares them for meaningful transatlantic careers in government, NGOs, and the private sector.
Funding Opportunities

MAGES automatically reviews all applicants for merit scholarships as part of the application process. Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds, but scholarships that are awarded range from 1/4 tuition to full tuition scholarships. International students can also apply to work as Research Assistants on campus once they begin the MAGES Program. We encourage you to check out our list of external funding resources for non-U.S. citizens and our featured scholarships, as well as to get in touch with the Education USA Advisor in your region. If you have any questions about scholarship availability or the review process, please contact the Supervisor of Academic Programs.


EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States to further their career goals.

Career and Visa Support

International students, faculty, and researchers are an integral part of the Georgetown University community. Georgetown's international character is a point of pride for the university and a major element of its diversity. Over 2,500 individuals from more than 130 countries study, research, and teach at Georgetown. The Office of Global Services (OGS) provides a wealth of servies to this community, including immigration advising and cultural and educational programming.

In addition to OGS, the SFS Graduate Career Center is home to a career coach with specialized knowledge in international student advising. Whether international students hope to stay in the U.S. or secure work abroad, the Career Center is poised to guide them throughout the process.

International Student FAQ

What is different for international applicants?

International applicants must submit everything that U.S. citizens submit, plus TOEFL or IELTS scores if they have an undergraduate degree from a non-native English speaking institution. International students also have different financial aid considerations than U.S. citizens. Please see the section above on tuition/financial aid, and note that the BMW Center has resources for its international applicants and students.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

If you received your undergraduate degree from an institution where English was not the primary language, you must take one of these two tests in addition to the GRE.

What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores for admission?

The minimum TOEFL score for admission to the MAGES program is 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.5. For more information on the TOEFL, visit this site; and for more information about IELTS, visit this site.

If I am a native speaker of a European language other than English, how can I certify my language status?

If you are a native speaker of a European language, you may certify your status in one of two ways: (1) by providing a high school or college transcript that indicates you were instructed in a European language; (2) by taking an Oral Language Examination that attests to your ability as a native speaker. Your Written Language Exam must be taken in another European language other than English.

If I have grades from international institutions, how do I submit them?

You should submit grades from foreign institutions in their official form with notarized translations attached.

Is it acceptable to submit letters of recommendation from non-English speaking professors?

Yes, but the letters must be translated. The professor should attach the translation to the original letter before submitting it to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

How do I secure a student visa for study in the U.S.? What should I do if I have a visa already?

Information on applying for a visa will be sent to you upon admission to your desired program. You will receive a Visa Student Questionnaire Form to complete and return to the Graduate Admissions Office. This form will explain the types of documentation required to show proof of funding for your study at Georgetown. Once the Visa Questionnaire is received by the Graduate Admissions Office, the form and corresponding documentation is delivered to the Office of International Programs on campus. OIP will process your paperwork and will issue the appropriate I-20 or other government form needed to apply for your visa.