Preparation for the study in Washington D.C.

You should start to deal with your application early on. You can get information at the Department for International Relations or at the IMWF. The application deadline usually ends mid-November for the Fall Semester of the following year. You find dates and more information concerning the application documents on the IMWF’s homepage.

Department for International Relations

To apply at the GMU or GWU, you need a certificate of your passed TOEFL-test. To apply at the IMWF however, you only need a registration confirmation for the foreseeable future to begin with. The registration happens online on the TOEFL-Homepage and costs about 250 US-$. For admission at the GMU, you need at least 88 points (internet based TOEFL, at least 20 points per section). At the GWU, you need at least 80 points and if you have more than 100 points, you do not need to take an extra language course.
The nearest places to absolve the test are in Stuttgart, Tübingen or Mannheim. A list of dates and venues can be found on the TOEFL-homepage.
It is recommended to take a language course and train with exercise software (available at the university’s library), because the testing procedure at computers needs adjusting time.


For an application at the GMU as well as at the GWU you also need a certificate of your participation at the GRE-test. To apply at the IMWF you only need a registration confirmation in the foreseeable future. The application happens online on the GRE-Homepage and costs approximately 175 US-$. There is – contrary to the TOEFL-test – no minimum score to get an admission for a university in the USA. Primarily, the test needs to be done. However, if there are only few places in the program available, the test result may decide over acceptance or rejection, so it should not be taken lightly.
The test can only be taken in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich. A list of dates and venues can be found on the GRE-homepage.


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