Registration Procedures

To request enrollment through this status, please complete the following steps. Please note that in order to take courses during the Spring 2019 term, all of the steps below must have been completed and the documents received by the December 1, 2018 deadline.

Please note that most summer courses offered by the University are enrolled through Georgetown Summer School, not the visiting non-degree program. Please see the Summer School website for additional information.

  1. Review the courses numbered 350 or higher in the Schedule of Classes maintained by the Registrar's Office (click on "Spring 2019 Class Schedule - Main Campus"). Not all graduate academic departments allow visiting, non-degree students to take courses within their discipline, so please contact Petia Popova via email to inquire whether the department you are interested in taking courses with accepts visiting non-degree students.
  2. Complete your Registration Request Form. Only one course should appear on each request form. If you would like to request an additional course, please fill out an additional request form. This is important, as separate faculty and departmental approvals are required for each course.
  3. Obtain the required departmental signatures for the requested course(s). For example, to request a Government course, you would contact the Government department. To request a Chemistry course, you would contact the Chemistry department. Contact information for each department can be found online through the Online Directory. Electronic signatures will be accepted. Faculty members and Department Chairs can also send a note indicating their approval via email directly to
  4. Request copies of official transcripts from any school where you have previously taken courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Only official copies of transcripts will be accepted for review.
  5. Return your completed form(s) and official transcripts to the address below by the deadline stated for each semester to allow adequate time for review. You may also return your form electronically via email and have your institution(s) send official transcripts electronically if they are available; electronic documents should be sent to

Petia Popova
Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Important Notes

  1. Even upon receiving all departmental approvals, we cannot guarantee placement in any course due to space limitations. Degree-seeking students get priority status to enroll in courses; therefore, official enrollment of visiting students can only take place following the add/drop period and on a first-come, space-available basis. If there is not space in the class or if the School enrollment limit has been reached for the semester, you be notified and encouraged to seek a spot in the coming semester.
  2. All U.S. Institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  3. Students cannot be registered in two Georgetown University programs in the same semester.
  4. Students approved to take courses in the visiting non-degree status must take them for credit and cannot audit or take classes pass/fail.

Transcripts from International Schools

All transcripts from schools outside of the United Statues must be evaluated officially and sent from World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. Foreign transcripts without this evaluation will not be reviewed or accepted. This process can take a fair amount of time to complete; therefore, we encourage all international students to begin this process well in advance of the deadline.

English Language Proficiency Exams

In order to succeed academically at Georgetown, students must be able to excel in courses that are both reading and writing intensive and which require excellent command of written and spoken English. Therefore, all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency to meet the admission requirements of our programs. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be decisive in the review for admission. English can only be considered your native language if it is the only official language of your home country and the primary language spoken in your home.

The School of Continuing Studies requires any applicant whose native language is not English, or who is an international student, to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These scores are required of applicants regardless of whether they have attended another U.S. institution or participated in an English Language Testing System program.

Test of English as a Foreign Language is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The School's policy is to admit only students who have a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 90 (iBT). These minimum criteria cannot be waived.