International Students

A diverse student body is integral to developing the university’s global mindset, and Georgetown encourages students from around the world to join the community of scholars and professionals at the McDonough School of Business. Our MBA students hail from 46 countries across the globe. In addition, many of our students speak more than one language and have lived, studied, or worked abroad.

International students also are encouraged to share the cultures of their home countries with classmates both informally and through organized events. Many of these activities are planned by student organizations such as the Middle East Graduate Alliance, the Asia Business Consortium, the European Business Association, the Japan Club, the Latin American Business Association, and the South Asian Business Alliance. These organizations host cultural events and activities, organize trips and outings, and lead initiatives to explore global career opportunities in international markets.

At the annual International Festival, students gather to share the cuisine, dress, culture, and customs from their home countries with the rest of the MBA community. This family-friendly event often includes dance and cultural demonstrations and boasts attendance of more than 300 MBA students and family members each year.

As part of our commitment to your academic success, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business provides a variety of resources to assist international students throughout their time in the MBA program. These resources and workshops include:

  • An optional three-week, pre-term course, English Skills for Graduate Students, that teaches practical techniques and effective strategies for reading, writing, and presenting business concepts both in the classroom and in professional settings.
  • An International Student Orientation designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of international students when starting the MBA program.
  • A course in cross-cultural business practices designed to enhance internship experiences that take place in a location outside one’s home country.
  • Workshops with immigration attorneys and employment authorization experts to help students understand the regulations and paperwork around MBA visa and immigration issues, including student visas and F-1 visas.
  • A dedicated representative on the Student Government Association, the vice president for international, whose responsibilities include advocating for the international student population.
  • Dedicated advisors in the Office of Global Services (new window) to guide international students in both academic and cultural scenarios.

As part of its mission to incorporate a global mindset into the classroom experience, Georgetown McDonough also attracts international business leaders to speak to students on campus. Recent speakers at the McDonough School of Business include:

  • Jose Maria Aznar, former president, Spain
  • Richard Branson, founder, Virgin Group
  • Juan Jose Daboub, The World Bank
  • Mariano de Beer, CEO, Telefonica Brazil
  • Vicente Fox, former president, Mexico
  • Abdul Kalam, former president, India
  • Sanjay Khosla, president, developing markets, Kraft Foods
  • Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president, Poland
  • Anne-Marie Palsson, Parliament of Sweden
  • Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank

McDonough Communities in the News

Photo of Bayley Wivell, Undergraduate Class of 2022 at Georgetown McDonough

‘It Was All Very Worth It’: A Snapshot of a Senior’s Four Years at Georgetown

April 13th, 2022

Bayley Wivell (B’22) is graduating from the McDonough School of Business this spring. Throughout her four years at Georgetown, she’s interned in the Philippines, performed in Georgetown’s all-female a capella group and presented to Uber Spain in Madrid. This fall, she’ll teach English in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar.