Please note that the information on this page is accurate for Summer 2015. Updates for Summer 2016 are coming soon.


To apply to the program, please complete an application [pdf]. Applications must be received by April 1, 2015.

The completed application form must be accompanied by:

  • A brief statement of approximately 250 words explaining why you want to participate in the program and what you can offer to it.
  • A statement of good standing or a certificate of completion from your law school or graduate school, with your social security number clearly indicated.
  • A copy of your current resume.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English who have not taken a university degree in which English is the language of instruction, proof of a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 computer-based.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25 in the form of a check payable to The George Washington University.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Completed applications and all administrative inquiries from applicants within North America should be sent to:

Silena Davis, Executive Aide

International Programs

The George Washington University Law School

2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA

Tel: 202.994.6588

Fax: 202.994.2831


For inquiries about the academic program only, please contact:

Susan L. Karamanian

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies

2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA

Tel: 202.994.1210

Fax: 202.994.2831


Applicants from Outside North America

Applicants from outside North America should request application materials from, and apply to the program through, the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education at the following address:

Laura Thomlinson

Programme Administrator

International Human Rights Law

University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education

1, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK

Tel: +44 1865 270281 Fax: +44 1865 270314



Program fees are $11,676, which includes tuition, Bodleian Library fees, and accommodation with full board at New College. Travel is not included. Meals are taken in the college dining room and are included in the program fee.

Students are accommodated in single study bedrooms at New College. Many of the bedrooms have private bathrooms but such a room can only be guaranteed if a supplementary private bathroom fee of $345 is paid. Please indicate on the application form if you wish to have private bathroom (ensuite) accommodation. Upon acceptance, a nonrefundable $500 deposit must be received by May 1, 2015 to secure a place in the program. The deposit will be credited toward program fees.

Financial Aid

Santander Scholarships

Santander is providing partial Scholarships, the equivalent of£5000, for participants attending the 2014 Summer School in International HumanRights Law. To be eligible for the awards, students must be ordinarily residentin one of Santander's 'Network Countries' (see list below) and be able todemonstrate an intention to return home after the program. Applicants will beselected on the basis of their academic record and evidence of commitment tothe furtherance of human rights.

Applicants who areordinarily resident in one of the Santander Network countries willautomatically be considered for an award. It is not necessary to submit anyadditional documents specifically for the Scholarships and there is no separateScholarship application form. However, applicants may wish to address theselection criteria in their personal statement and CV/resumé.

Santander Networkcountries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru,Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, UK, USA. 

Other Financial Aid

Applicants to the program who are not students at the George Washington University should apply through their home universities for financial support. The George Washington University Office of Student Financial Assistance cannot process financial aid applications for students who are not enrolled in a degree program at The George Washington University.

Student Withdrawal

A student who withdraws within two weeks of the start of the program due to reasons unrelated to the program's cancellation is not entitled to a refund of tuition or of the $500 deposit; a student who withdraws outside of this two week period is entitled to a refund of tuition but not the $500 deposit.

Program Changes, Refunds, and Cancellations

Any changes in course offerings or other significant aspects of the program will be communicated promptly to all persons who have paid a deposit or registered. In the unlikely event of under-enrollment or due to a security risk or other major unexpected circumstances, the program may be canceled. If cancellation occurs, applicants will be notified immediately by e-mail and will receive a full refund. Further, the program director will use best efforts to make arrangements for each enrolled student to attend a similar program if the student so desires. The program has not been previously cancelled.


GW Law Students: Course names and grades from the Summer Program will be listed on your GWU transcript.

Non-GW Students: A Request for Transcript Form is included in your admissions package. Click here for a copy of the form. Please submit this Form with your registration. After all grades are submitted, you will receive one official transcript to the address you designate on the Form. Future or additional requests should be sent directly directly to GW's Office of the Registrar (202.994.4900) and are subject to their fees and delivery schedule.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. This policy covers all programs, services, policies and procedures of the University, including admission to educational programs and employment. The University is subject to the District of Columbia Human Rights Law. Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and the federal laws and regulations regarding discriminations in education or employment programs and activities may be addressed to Susan B. Kaplan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, 202.994.4433, or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education.

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