Resources for EAP Students

GW Resources for EAP/ International Students

Academic Resources
Non-Academic Resources
Engaging with the GW Community
Preparing for My Career

Non-GW Resources for EAP/ International Students


Academic Resources

Resource Guide for International Students

A guide of all GW campus resources for international students including academic support, language support, international services, and getting involved on campus.

The University Writing Center

Free tutoring for writing and research projects. Writing Center tutors help students brainstorm ideas and structure arguments and they teach students how to edit and proofread their own essays.

10 Tips for Online International Students

A list of tips for incoming international students who will be studying online at GW.

Everyday English Program

Once a week, international students and native English speakers get together to speak and practice English. Everyday English is held every Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the Marvin Center 5th floor sofa area.

Language Exchange

This program connects one international student studying English with one American student studying the international student's language. The two students can meet to practice both languages at their convenience. This program is run by the Language Center.

Language Center

The Language Center supports language teaching, learning, and research by providing resources to the students and professors.

STEMworks (formerly known as GW Tutoring Initiative)

Free tutoring for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses. They also hold workshops and consultations. Subjects include: data, coding, math, accounting, statistics, economics, chemistry, and more.

GW Library Events

GW Libraries hold a lot of free events and workshops for students throughout the semester.

Global Resources Center

The GRC has research resources based on regions of the world. They have print and digital resources like English- and foreign-language newspapers, journals, magazines, statistical publications, maps, atlases, U.S. and foreign government documents, and other materials.

Center for Undergraduate Fellowship and Research

The Center helps students and alumni apply for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions.

Library Guide for International Students

This guide is an introduction to GW Libraries for international students.


Non-academic Resources

International Services Office

The International Services Office helps GW international community with administrative challenges when studying in the US. ISO Advisors hold a variety of special events about visas, careers, and local culture.

Multicultural Student Services Center

The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) is dedicated to building a welcoming, enriching, and inclusive environment at GW. Visit their office or attend one of their events to find resources on promoting diversity and being involved in the GW community.

Colonial Health Center: Medical Services

Students visit the Colonial Health Center when they are sick. Make an appointment or walk in for urgent medical needs.

Mental Health Services

This office supports mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success.

Health Promotion and Education Services

This office offers prevention and education resources for overall health and wellness, including alcohol and other drug education. They foster a campus community that supports and empowers students to make healthy lifestyles choices.

Disability and Support Services

This offices works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence, while also promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Colonial Central

This office helps students stay in good financial and administrative standing every semester at GW. Come to this office to get a GWorld card, speak with the registrar, and get information about financial aid.

IT Support Center

Visit the IT Support Center with questions about technology.

GW Housing

GW Housing will answer questions about living in GW’s on-campus housing. 

Office of Off Campus Student Affairs

This office helps students with the process of moving from on-campus housing to independent living in the surrounding community. 

Resource Guide for International Students

A guide of all GW campus resources for international students including academic support, language support, international services, and getting involved on campus.


Engaging with the GW Community

Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

This office helps with community needs beyond the campus, promotes active citizenship in a diverse democracy, and enhances teaching, learning, and scholarship at GW.

Alternative Breaks

Students in this program travel domestically and international, learning through community service.

Academic Service-Learning

There are over 70 courses taught each year for undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies students with group projects, community service placements, research, and other assignments that benefit community members.

Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement connects students to student organizations, skills workshops, and information about everything from leadership to residence life.


TRAiLS stands for "Teaching Recreation and Adventure incorporating Leadership and Service." This group of students plans and leads outdoor adventure trips throughout the year.

Student Organizations

There are more than 475 registered student organizations. Find a group of students who have similar interests and hobbies.

International Student Ambassadors

ISCA helps students review resumes and cover letters, advises students on general immigration and visa related issues, organizes career, social, and cultural events, and hosts workshops for international student organizations.

Graduate Ambassador Program

Ambassadors hold events to connect graduate students with the university community. They are available to answer questions for current and prospective students about the university, housing, various curriculum, clubs, activities and to share their own personal experience as a graduate student at GW.

GW International Students Association

GW International Students Association (GWISA) is a student-led organization with a focus on the holistic international students’ experience including academic/English language support, career support, adjustment and school engagement.

GW Global

GW Global connects students to more than a dozen internationally-focused research institutes. They also have institutional relationships with major national and international organizations to facilitate the direct application of faculty research to real-world challenges.


Preparing for My Career

Center for Career Services - International Student Assistance

Through the Center’s programs and services, international students can identify their career interests and build career and employment skills to succeed in the U.S. marketplace or in their home country. The Center assists international students seeking part-time opportunities, internships, Curricular or Optional Practical Training, or employment, within the limitations of U.S. immigration and labor regulations.

International Student Community Ambassadors

ISCAs provide the following services to all GW international students: Review resumes and cover letters, advise students on general immigration and visa related issues, organize career, social, and cultural events, and host workshops for international student organizations.

Tax Department - International Students

The Tax Department provides guidance and responds to questions concerning federal tax withholding and reporting of payments made to individuals who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. permanent residents.


Non-GW Online Resources for EAP / International Students


Academic Writing

Harvard Strategies for Essay Writing

Advice on fundamental elements of academic writing such as essay structure, developing a thesis, outlining, transitioning, and revising. 

UNC Handouts on Academic Writing

This website has resources for writing papers, making citations, specific writing assignments, and how to write for specific academic fields. 

Writing an Effective Thesis Statement

This handout defines “thesis statement,” how thesis statements work in your writing, and how you can craft or refine one for your draft.

Reorganizing a Draft

This handout gives strategies to help you rethink your draft’s organization.



English for Uni

The site makes difficult grammar and academic writing concepts easier to understand.

Common ESL Errors Penguin Workbook

This resource has explanations and examples of singular vs. plural verbs, verb tenses and forms, passive voice, conditional forms, gerunds, prepositions, and articles. 

Guide to Grammar and Writing

This website provides grammar resources and practice grammar quizzes at the word and sentence level, the paragraph level, and essay level. 

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (OWL)

OWL offers writing resources and instructional material.

Online Grammar Practice

Take practice quizzes on points of English grammar. 


Research and Source Use

Harvard Guide to Using Sources

This website covers the topics: Why Use Sources, Locating Sources, Evaluating Sources, Integrating Sources, Citing Sources, and Avoiding Plagiarism.

Research and Citation

Links to resources regarding Conducting Research, Using Research, APA Style, MLA Style, Chicago Manual of Style, and American Medical Association Style.

Citing Information

This site is designed to introduce you to citing information in a variety of citation styles.

Annotated Bibliographies

This handout explains why annotated bibliographies are useful for researchers, provides an explanation of what constitutes an annotation, describes various types of annotations and styles for writing them, and offers multiple examples of annotated bibliographies in the MLA, APA, and CBE/CSE styles of citation.

Citation Chasing

This is a help video from the GW Libraries website that will teach you how to find books and articles through sources you already have.

Finding an Article with the Citation

This shows the step by step process of how to find an article in the GW Libraries database. 

How to Choose a Subject Specific Database

This is a tutorial from GW Libraries showing you how to find the appropriate library databases for your research needs.

Research: From Selecting a Topic to Writing the Bibliography

Use this GW Libraries guide for assistance with all aspects of the research process.

Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It

This guide defines plagiarism, shows how avoid it and how to demonstrate academic integrity.



University of Manchester's Academic Phrasebank

The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It provides examples of some of the most commonly used phrases in writing, organized according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation.


The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is America's most trusted online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.

Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

The most popular dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English. It has definitions and meanings of words with pronunciations and translations.

The Academic Word List

This list contains 570 advanced word families which will help take your academic English writing to the university level.

UEfAP Academic Word List

This is a list of about 3000 academic English vocabulary words grouped into families based on the most frequently used headword in the family.

English Vocabulary Exercises

These are vocabulary exercises for the Academic Word List.

Corpus of Contemporary American English

The corpus contains more than 560 million words of text and it is equally divided among spoken, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic texts.


Pronunciation and Speaking

The Sound of English

Sounds of English helps ESL students improve their English pronunciation. It is also has great information to help with spelling and reading.

English Pronunciation /Listening

This site has links to resources for speaking, listening, and pronunciation. 

Phonetics: The Sounds of American English

Sounds of Speech provides a comprehensive understanding of how each of the speech sounds of American English is formed. It includes animations, videos, and audio samples that describe the essential features of each of the consonants and vowels of American English.



Voice of America (VOA) Learning English

News and information for English learners worldwide.

LibriVox (Audio & Text of Literature)

Find free audiobooks in English to improve listening comprehension.

American Rhetoric- Online Speech Bank

Database of text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events.

TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Improve listening and comprehension skills by listening to videos on a range of topics in every field.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

This website provides listening activities based around everyday conversations at easy, medium, and difficult levels.



American English

This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.

BBC Learning

Free audio, video and text materials for English learners around the world.

Using English for Academic Purposes

This is guide for students in higher education learning English for Academic Purposes, covering grammar, listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary, and writing.

Dave’s ESL Café

This website is the Internet’s meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world.