Gateway to Georgetown Programs

Through its Gateway to Georgetown Program, CIED creates tailored academic training and exchanges for people from around the world. These programs bring groups of business executives, government officials, and students to Georgetown University for intensive academic instruction, professional networking, and cultural exposure to the United States.

Program Details

Gateway programs can be crafted around Georgetown’s many academic strengths, including business, public administration, international relations, and American studies. An interactive curriculum of classroom sessions led by renowned faculty and professional site visits led by leaders in business and government allow students and executives from around the world to gain an insider view on how business and government function in the United States.

CIED partners with universities, businesses, government, and organizations to design these tailor-made, short-term programs. Gateway programs approach a variety of subjects highlighting the American viewpoint, allowing students and professionals to deepen their global understanding of their field and gain new perspectives about American society.

Academic sessions led by Georgetown University faculty and experts enhance participants’ academic knowledge, specialized skills, and understanding of global issues. Professional site visits with businesses, organizations, associations, and government entities provide unique opportunities to network internationally.

In addition to core training program activities, CIED can manage exchange logistics (housing, meals, transportation) and cultural programming in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond.

Gateway to Georgetown Programs are privately funded by our partners. CIED has administered this initiative since 2002.

Case Studies

Elise Landier

For Elise, her experience at Georgetown was an instrumental piece of her studies. Because her focus was on international business, the opportunity to not only travel to a new country but to see first-hand how global businesses operate was a valuable experience.

“This program has given me an overall view of how international relations really work. It has been an eye opener for me and has provided me with necessary professional tools to really follow through on my own professional expectations.”

-Carmen Mateo Ribera

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For the last fifteen years, CIED has been in partnership with Universidad Pontificia Comillas to conduct programs each summer. During the second week of June, Gateway to Georgetown hosted a program on International Affairs for graduate students from Madrid, Spain. The two week program included site visits to the Department of State and the Inter-American Development Bank and classes led by Georgetown’s Department of Government, the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the McDonough School of Business.


Gateway to Georgetown held the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2.0 in collaboration with SNAC International, the leading international trade association for the snack industry. Built upon the widely-attended ELP 1.0, Gateway created a 'next-level' program to continue the professional development journey for the snack industry's rising leaders.
The two-and-a-half daylong seminar was conducted at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center from June 27-29, 2018. Forty-one of the snack industry’s emerging leaders participated in the seminar that was led by two professors from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) and the Director of Learning Development for Marriott International. This particular initiative was designed to help SNAC members learn key leadership skills to immediately take their professional development to the next level. The course also fostered networking between industry peers, suppliers and snack producers.