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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Traditional
Housing Type: Residence Hall Direct/Exchange/SNC: Direct
Program Description:
Location IconThe School of Professional and Extended Studies of American University offers students the opportunity to live, study and complete an internship in Washington D.C. Students from all over the country, and all over the world, participate in Washington Semester.

American University is a private, liberal arts institution with an enrollment of about 13,000 students. Located in D.C., AU is steps away from Embassy Row, a few miles from the Mall, and in the heart of the Spring Valley neighborhood. 


WSP hosts a 4-5 day orientation for all students about a week prior to the program start. Students quickly learn more about their cohort and the staff/professors they'll be working with. In addition, AU has numerous organizations, events, and opportunities for students to get involved on campus and meet students outside of the Washington program. Students will find a strong support system at AU and within their WSP cohort, with professors who have their interests and goals in mind. 

Students are expected to have a GPA of 2.5 or above, and cannot be on credit, academic, or disciplinary probation at the time of application, departure, or duration of the Washington Semester program. Note: There is a $25 non-refundable application fee which will be charged to the student's account once they have created an online application. 


Academics IconParticipants first choose a track they are interested in. This determines their seminar theme. The following tracks are offered: American Politics, Foreign Policy, Global Economics & Business, International Law & Organizations, Journalism & New Media, Justice & Law, Public Health Policy, Sports Management & Media, or Sustainable Development. Students have two classes two days a week, which are taught by highly qualified professors in the chosen field of study. Usually, students take both courses within their theme, but there is always the option to take a course from two different themes, if it fits the student's schedule. The seminar counts as 8 credits. 

Additionally, students complete a 4-credit semester internship with local, national, and global experts. Students are not expected to have their internship lined up prior to arriving in D.C. WSP is there to provide students assistance with finding, applying, preparing, and landing an internship.

Students have the option to enroll in an additional 4 credit elective or research course. The elective course is taken on the AU campus during the evening hours, so as not to interfere with a student's busy internship/seminar week. The research course usually meets once a week, also in the evening. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor-mentor and have access to the incredibly rich resources offered by AU and D.C. 

Students work with the Registrar's Office to have courses pre-approved for transfer, so they know how courses taken in Washington will fulfill degree requirements. 

View a sample week in the Washington Semester Program. 



Housing IconStudents have the option to stay in The Berkshire apartments ("the Berks") in a one or two-bedroom apartment, a traditional residence hall (usually Leonard Hall) with one or two roommates, or are free to choose their own housing off-campus. Furniture, cable, and internet are provided with AU housing. 

All accommodations provided by AU are a 3-5 minute walk from campus. A shuttle runs regularly between the Berks and the Spring Valley building (where classes are held). Public buses run regularly, and AU is 1 mile from the nearest metro stop. As a WSP student, a UPass card is provided to you, with unlimited rail, metro, and bus rides. 

Students are billed for housing and their meal plan by American University. SNC only charges the student for SNC tuition. 



Contact IconFor more information, please contact Ms. Alaina Morales, Advisor for Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs.

Nominate a student, friend, peer, or yourself for this program, and we'll take care of the rest. 
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change


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Cultural Experience:
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/31/2017
10/31/2017 01/10/2018 05/09/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/07/2018 TBA TBA

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