Education & English Resources

Dependents in F-2 or J-2 Visa Status are permitted to study and take courses part-time during their time in the U.S.. Part-time status consists of different amounts of credits according to different programs - please check with whatever school you plan to apply to in order to determine how many credits you are permitted to take. To learn more about K-12 education for children, please review the Family Resources page.

Local Universities 

Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS)

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies offers a wide range of degree programs and applied learning experiences to a broad and inclusive community of students and professionals. Dependents of international students and scholars can enroll in the SCS as part-time students in a certificate or degree program, or take single classes as a visiting non-degree student.

George Washington University

George Washington University offers over 200 graduate degree and certificate programs, within their D.C. and Virginia campuses, as well as online. 

American University

American University offers a range of graduate and certificate programs within their 8 schools in D.C..

Local Community Colleges 

Community colleges can be a great cost-effective alternative to local universities. Depending on your residency (DC, VA or MD), courses at these schools can be very low cost compared to bigger universities. All of the community colleges below offer a variety of programs, including workforce development, certificate programs, associate’s degrees, and continuing education, some of which are free to the local community.

University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC)
Multiple campuses throughout Washington, D.C.

Northern Virginia Community College
Multiple campuses throughout Northern Virginia

Montgomery College
Multiple campuses throughout Maryland.

Language Schools & Programs

Language Exchange Program

The Georgetown Office of Global Services runs a FREE language exchange program open to spouses of current international students and scholars. Register to find a language partner!

Local Language Schools

For a downloadable pdf of local language schools, click here

Georgetown University Center for Language & Development 

Georgetown's Continuing Studies English program welcomes the spouses and family members of incoming international scholars and researchers to consider enrolling in one of our 11 intermediate and advanced courses. Topics include Business Writing, Business Communications, Communicative Grammar, Integrated Communication Skills and iBT-TOEFL Prep.

Georgetown's Continuing Studies English program helps dedicated adult students achieve career and educational goals through increased English fluency. Each course section is held on our historic main campus, is limited to 18 students and is taught by a Georgetown faculty member with a master’s degree. 
Course Information and Registration Link:

For more information contact Regan Carver at or  202-687-4592.

Local Free English Conversation Practice Groups

Georgetown Neighborhood Library English Conversation Group, 3260 R St. NW, Washington, DC

Arlington Central Library English Conversation Class, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201

Aurora Hills Branch Library English Conversation Group, 735 18th Street South, Arlington, VA

Mount Pleasant Library English Conversation Group. 3160 16th st NW, Washington, DC

Unitarian Church of Arlington English Conversation Group, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA (map)


In addition to offering great books, public libraries also offer programming and classes for children, adults, and families. Take advantage of one of the many free libraries in the D.C. area!

Lauinger Library at Georgetown University
3700 O Street N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20057

Visitors must show a current, government-issued photo I.D. in order to gain entry to the library. A schedule of library hours for visitors is available online. Visitors may use any of the computers on the 3rd floor opposite the Circulation Desk for a maximum of 3 hours per day. If you are interested in obtaining information about acquiring visitor borrowing privileges, you can find more information here.

DC Public Library System

How do I get a library card? 
Anyone who resides, works, pays property taxes or attends school in the District of Columbia can get a library card. You are also eligible to apply for a card if you live in certain counties in the greater DC area. You can apply for a card by filling out the following online form.

Which DC libraries are closest to Georgetown? 
The DC Library System has a branch in Georgetown, but you can find a list of all of their locations here

Georgetown Neighborhood Library 
3260 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20007
Phone: 202.727.0232
Closest Metro Stop: Dupont Circle

Arlington Library System

How do I get a library card?
You can get a free library card if you live, work, or attend school in Arlington. Arlington residents may apply for library cards in any of these jurisdictions, and residents there may apply for an Arlington Public Library card. You are also eligible to apply for a card if you live in certain counties in the greater DC area. You can apply for a library card by filling out the following online form. A complete list of participating library branches can be found here. 

Montgomery County Library System

The Montgomery County Library System has a wide array of libraries in Montgomery County, Maryland, available to residents of Maryland, VA, and DC. To learn more about eligibility, locations, and how to get a card, click here.