Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is also known as GU according to It is one of the most selective universities in the United States on whose campus, located in the historic district of Georgetown, Washington DC, around 12,000 students from 110 countries of the world study annually. Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in the United States. In their classrooms they study and have studied personalities from the economic and political world such as Prince Felipe or President Clinton.

History and Characteristics

Georgetown University was founded in 1789 by Father John Carroll, SJ, America’s first Catholic bishop and Archbishop of Baltimore. What began as Georgetown College, a small gathering of 12 students and a few professors, has grown into a international university that includes four colleges, graduate programs, a law school and a medical school.

Georgetown University is located in a residential area of ​​Washington DC from which it takes its name; a pleasant neighborhood with 19th century houses and pleasant streets, on the bank of the Potomac River. Georgetown with its shops, restaurants, pubs and riverside terraces is an ideal place to relax after the academic activity of the course.

Georgetown’s 104-acre Main Campus includes 58 buildings at the Main Campus and the Medical Center, and student residences that can accommodate more than 5,000 students. Athletic facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, athletic facility, gymnasium, etc.

It is part of the Association of Jesuit Universities (AJCU), which includes the 28 institutions that the Society of Jesus directs in the United States, and is one of the three Catholic universities in the District of Columbia, along with Trinity Washington University and the Catholic University of America.

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Georgetown University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in fields of study ranging from philosophy through Arabic studies to biochemistry. In addition to Georgetown College, there are four undergraduate colleges and three graduate schools:

Undergraduate faculties

  • School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • Law School (Law Center)
  • Faculty of Continuing Education (School for Summer and Continuing Education)

Graduate Schools

  • Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business Administration
  • Edmund Walsh School of International Studies (Walsh School of Foreign Service)
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Currently, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (international relations) is considered one of the best in the world in this area. His Master in Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) currently occupies the first place in the international ranking (set annually by the magazine ” Foreign Policy ”) for master’s degrees in international relations.

Prince of Asturias Chair

The Prince of Asturias Chair is created in the “Center for European Studies” of the Edmund H. Walsh Foreign Service School of said University, where Political Sciences, Administration Sciences and History, Economics, Sociology and Humanities of Spain are some of the disciplines that are taught.

It is the result of the Endowment Agreement signed between ENDESA, the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of Spain in the United States and Georgetown University on March 23, 1999 (and revised in July 2005).

Over the last few years, the chair has contributed to the dissemination of Spanish culture. The presence of prominent specialists of recognized prestige, such as the professors Portillo Valdés, Llera Ramo, Prados de Escosura, Jerez Mir and Carreras, in each of the subjects and the participation of students from more than a hundred countries, with a large presence of Ibero-Americans, undoubtedly contribute to the success of the programs.

In the 2007-2008 academic year, Georgetown University extended the tenure of the chair to Professor Xavier Coller, sociologist and journalist. Doctor from Yale University and UAB, he has taught career and doctorate courses at various universities. His research has been awarded grants by European, American and Spanish institutions. He is the author of more than thirty publications on collective identities, political elites and complex organizations.


Georgetown University belongs to the Big East sports conference. In the 1980s, he had one of the best college basketball programs under the direction of John Thompson Jr and won a title in 1984. The University produced several NBA stars including Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson. Georgetown’s current coach is John Thompson III, the son of the former coach.

Famous alumni

  • Felipe de Borbón, heir to the Crown of Spain.
  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda, President of Costa Rica, 2010-present.
  • Bill Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001.
  • Abdullah II of Jordan, current King of Jordan.
  • Ricardo Arias Espinosa, President of Panama, 1955-1956.
  • Gloria Macapagal, President of the Philippines, 2001-present.
  • Alfredo Cristiani, President of El Salvador, 1989-1994.
  • William Peter Blatty, writer of The Exorcist, Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay of 1973.
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