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Foreign Service - Regional and Comparative Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #120 (WUR) Washington, D. C., DC, United States
Students, through the study of the Foreign Service - Regional and Comparative Studies program from Georgetown University, become informed world citizens able to interpret the actions and policies of the areas they study.
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Students majoring in Foreign Service - Regional and Comparative Studies program from Georgetown University report that the major allows you to:

  • Specialize on a region(s) of the world
  • Develop a specific topic of interest to study
  • Design your own course of study with relevant classes across multiple disciplines
  • Learn and use a language(s) in your chosen region(s)
  • Study abroad as an integral part of your studies and receive major credit for courses
  • Complement your regional interests with a topical certificate program
  • Join a small community of like-minded students and participate in workshops and alumni events

Goals of the Major

Regional and Comparative Studies students develop the insight, knowledge and skills needed to deal effectively with far-reaching challenges of the contemporary world. Given the largely self-defined nature of the major, students become responsible for their own education through grounding in core theory and methods courses and region-specific courses selected to explore a topic in greater depth. The theoretical component and rigorous curriculum provide students with tools that serve virtually any profession, whether in the region(s) studied, or elsewhere. The literacy in language(s) and the understanding of political, economic, social and cultural realities permits them to do specialized work. Graduates are prepared to enter careers in law, education, government, non-governmental organizations and business to meet the needs of a broadening global vision.

The Regional and Comparative Studies major is designed to provide students with deep knowledge of one or two regions of the world so that they understand issues that occur on the world stage. In Regional Studies students pursue a study of one region: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Western Europe or the region comprising Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. For Comparative Studies students pursue any two of these regions with the addition of the United States and the region comprising Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Students receive training in methods and theories, typically from two different disciplines, to gain analytical tools for a detailed study of the region(s). Drawing from the disciplines of anthropology, economics, government, history, international affairs, linguistics, sociology and theology, students build a comprehensive grounding in a self-identified theme within a region(s). Students also acquire necessary language skills appropriate to the region(s) by taking a minimum of four semesters of language or by passing proficiency.

In the Regional and Comparative Studies major students design their own curriculum with the support of the curricular dean and a faculty mentor. RCST students identify and explain a major theme in a region or regions and justify the value of its study. Students construct an intellectual argument and propose a course list to enable a comprehensive multi-disciplinary study of the selected theme. Through the mentoring of the curricular dean, the Faculty Field Chair and faculty, students receive guidance to undertake a meaningful study within a region(s).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Two courses from the RCST Theories and Methods list
  • Eight region-specific courses from one of the following regions: 1) Africa, 2) Asia, 3) Western Europe, 4) Latin America, 5) the Middle East, 6) the region comprising Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. (Please note that the United States and Australia/NZ/Pacific may not constitute a free-standing region for the major.)
  • At least four semesters of study or a passing rating on the SFS proficiency examination in a modern language appropriate to the region.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $35, non-refundable fee. 
  • Submit an up-to-date version of your resume or CV.
  • Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this degree. Your essay should be two to three pages in length, typed, and double-spaced.
  • Your writing sample should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official High School transcripts of GED Certification
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57928 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57928 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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