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Washington Semester Program
Washington D.C., United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer I
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Restrictions: Gonzaga applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program upon review of the student's application and upon acceptance be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Studies: Business, Economics, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Journalism, Law, Political Science Featured Programs by Department: Political Science
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 Additional Features: Internship
Faculty Leader(s): Garvin, Blaine Program Type: Sponsored
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:
Established in 1947, the Washington Semester Program is an academic experiential learning program for students who, at the time they participate in the Program, will be at least in their second semester of their second year of college. It includes 8 credits of academic seminar in one of 12 topic areas, 4 credits of internship, and the option of taking an additional 3-4 credits of independent research or an elective course.Washington D.C.

The seminar will give students the chance to meet professionals who are chest-deep in the academic and professional fields in order to gain valuable expert insights first-hand.

At the internship, students get real-world work experience while making connections with leaders in Washington, D.C.
The research project or elective course takes the experience one step further and uses the valuable resources that AU and Washington, D.C. have to offer.

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Course and Schedules:

Seminar (8 Credits)
For three days of each week, participants have intellectual discussions with professionals and leading experts in the chosen concentration. Students have the opportunity to go "behind the scenes"; into the offices of most of the speakers  and  see a first-hand insider's view of the week's topics of discussion. Some of the speakers are big names and some are not, but one thing's certain, they are all major players at the local, national, and international levels who are passionate about their stance, present valid viewpoints and are invited to challenge and stretch students academically and professionally.

The Internship (4 Credits*)
American University and the Washington Semester Program provides students with an instant network of organizations to look through. Six to eight weeks before the semester begins, participants gain access to all of the internships in the AU database that are relevant to the concentration into which the student has chosen. American University assists students through the placement and interview process: learning about each organization, including descriptions of internship positions and contact information. Whether participants begin the internship search before the program begins or once in Washington DC, either way, there are nearly two weeks at the beginning of the semester to attend interviews. 

*Note that the Public Health track has a 6-credit internship component.

Optional Components

Research or Elective Course (3 or 4 Credits)
Students have the option of choosing to conduct an in-depth research project using Washington, D.C. as a laboratory of information or to take an elective class from AU's hundreds of offerings to fulfill an academic requirements.

Member school students should check with their member school representative to see if their school requires students to conduct a research project while on the program.

Washington MonumentHousing and Meals:
Most Washington Semester Program students will live with their roommate(s) in The Berkshire Apartments “The Berks” or WISH Woodley Park Apartments. Studio and one-bedroom, small and medium/large sized, apartments are available in university-leased spaces at the Berkshire Apartments. The WISH Woodley Park Apartments offer three bedroom/two bathroom apartments that occupy six students (two per bedroom). All apartments are two-person occupancy (there are no single occupancy apartments in the university’s leased apartments). Furniture, cable and internet are provided.

All residence halls are equipped with beds, dressers, desks, and chairs. Students are expected to bring linens (standard twin sheets, blankets/comforters, pillows, pillow cases) and a a wastepaper basket. Optional items to consider bringing are laundry basket, computer, alarm clock, iron, dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, hangers, mini refrigerator, laundry detergent, non-halogen desk lamp, mirror, radio, stereo, television and a small vacuum. The halls are air-conditioned for the months during and around the summer.

The Jacobs Fitness Center on the main campus is open early and has state of the art equipment. As the residence hall rooms are no longer equipped with land lines, AU suggests that students sign up for a cell phone plan before they get to campus. Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile provide service within the metro area. Students may also sign up for a plan once they arrive.

Like all students residing in American University residence halls, SPExS students are expected to follow the American University Code of Conduct. The regulations protect all students. They will be explained thoroughly in mandatory floor meetings with Resident Assistants and should not be taken lightly. 

Residence Staff

The Residence Hall staff and Resident Director are here to help if there are problems with  living arrangements.


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