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Over sixty full-time faculty teach or carry out research on Asia at The George Washington University. This is the largest Asian Studies faculty in the Washington area and compares very favorably with other leading centers on Asia in the United States and abroad. Their efforts are strengthened by key part-time faculty, who work outside of academia and bring their expertise into the classroom. These faculty members are concentrated in the Elliott School of International Affairs, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business and Law.

Students can draw on the expertise of faculty in the departments of Political Science, History, East Asian Languages and Literature, Economics, Anthropology, Education, and Religion, and Law. Areas of expertise include international relations, security policy, development studies, contemporary Asia, media, international business, and international education. While students are expected to focus their studies into a coherent program, they have an extremely broad array of courses and topics to choose from.

The University regularly offers classes in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Many students supplement their studies in Washington, D.C., with study abroad at the University's elite partner institutions in Asia. These include Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea; Fudan University in Shanghai, China; The University of Hong Kong; Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India; the National University of Singapore; the University of Sydney; and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Students can also study at other prestigious partner institutions such as Sciences-Po in Paris.

In addition to formal study abroad programs, there are opportunities to apply for summer funding for language study abroad. To supplement academic offerings, students often intern with governmental organizations, business groups, or NGOs in Washington.


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"The Sigur Center provided me with a merit-based language scholarship to study Chinese in Taiwan during the summer of 2013. Taiwan is a fantastic place to study Chinese language. Taiwan is for lovers of the outdoors. Hikes, riverside bike rides, gorges, and beaches are never all that far away from Taipei. My choice of studying Mandarin Chinese at the National Taiwan University's Intensive Chinese Language Program worked out beyond my original expectations."


Mathew Hubbard (MA Asian Studies, 2014)

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"The Elliott School's Asian Studies Program is a true treat which combines top-notch faculty, commitment to students, and abundant funding for student research and study abroad."

Ivan Lidarev (MA International Affairs, 2012)