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Delaware in D.C.: Frequently Asked Questions

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I noticed that the Fall program at American University was not to be covered by any financial aid. Can you tell me the cost of this semester?

The estimated cost for this one program will be $23,227: $15,065 for tuition and $8,162 for fees, residence hall, meal plan, and student health insurance fee. (Not included in the estimate are books, transportation to Washington, D.C., transportation to seminars and mentorship office, social and cultural activities, and transportation for trips during vacation periods.)


Will financial aid and scholarship be offered after the first semester in D.C. when I return to UD?

Institutional grants or scholarships will not be available to students accepted for the Spring semester.


Is the deposit refundable if I decide not to attend?

The $500 admissions deposit is non-refundable.

How soon should I respond to this offer to secure a spot in the Delaware in D.C. program?

If you are interested in participating, we suggest you pay the non-refundable $500 deposit no later than May 1. Please be aware that capacity in this program is limited. If it fills prior to May 1, participants will be accepted in the order that deposits are received.

What is the Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) and where is it located?

The Mentored Field Practicum is a three-credit internship experience that all students participating in the Delaware in D.C. Program are required to complete. Students will have two days built into their schedule specifically for interning at one of the many organizations in Washington, D.C. Every other week, students will meet with an MFP Professor for a course component to accompany their internship experience.

How are internship sites determined? Will the student have help in securing an internship?

Students will need to apply for internship experiences they are interested in; Students are given the tools to secure an internship on their own with guidance from their MFP professor and AU program advisor. Over the course of the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with AU program staff to fine-tune their resumes in June and early July. Students are then given access to American University's SPExS Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the D.C. area.

Students are encouraged to start applying to internships posted in the database over the summer. While most students will arrive at AU without an internship, students who actively search for an internship should have a position by the middle of September. While students are not required to arrive in Washington, D.C. with an internship, we strongly encourage students to begin their internship search over the summer. During orientation week, students will meet with their MFP professor who will assist them further with their internship search. There will also be an internship fair the first week of class to assist in securing an internship if there is still a need at that time.

What if the student does not like the internship they have secured after a couple of weeks?

We strongly encourage students to continue with their internship experience. Finding an internship in D.C. is very competitive and time consuming. Any concerns or questions students have can be addressed with their MFP professor directly.

Will the courses I complete fulfill the requirements for a University of Delaware bachelor’s degree?

Yes, all courses completed in the Delaware in DC Program will fulfill requirements towards your degree.

Will my records show AU or UD credits for the Fall semester?

The Delaware in D.C. Program is a joint program between the University of Delaware and American University. Your AU transcript will display credits you earn through AU and appear on your UD transcript as transfer credits. Once transferred, the AU credits will count towards your overall UD earned credits but will NOT factor into your UD cumulative GPA. The 4 credits earned directly through the University of Delaware in the fall semester will appear as regular coursework on your UD transcript and will calculate into your UD cumulative GPA.

Will I be able to rush a sorority/fraternity when I move to Delaware in the Spring?

Yes, Delaware in D.C. students will be eligible to participate in sorority/fraternity recruitment in the Spring semester as long as they maintain at least 2.5 GPA in the two University of Delaware courses.

In the classes listed for the Delaware in D.C. program, what percentage of these students will be from the University of Delaware?

The Delaware in D.C. students will be attending most of the same classes together with the exception of the elective course, which will vary according to major and personal choice.

Will American University students be offered the option of enrolling in the four-credits of UD-taught coursework?

No, these 4 credits are only open to University of Delaware students participating in the Delaware in D.C. Program.


What is the housing situation at American during the fall semester?

The Delaware in D.C. students will room with other Delaware in D.C. students and be housed among students in similar programs in a residence hall on AU’s main campus. Delaware in D.C. students will also attend many of the same classes as the other partner institutions.

Will the Delaware in D.C. students be rooming together or integrated with the American University students?

The Delaware in D.C. students will room with other Delaware in D.C. students and be housed among students in similar programs in a residence hall on AU’s main campus. Delaware in D.C. students will also attend many of the same classes as the other partner institutions.

Is there a lottery for rooms and roommates?

There is no lottery for rooms. All students are guaranteed housing during their semester at American University. Roommate assignments will be made based on the result of a questionnaire that will be sent out during the summer.

How safe are AU residence halls? Is there secure access?

Yes, AU residence halls are safe and the front desk of the building is staffed 24/7. Students and guests must show their AU Student ID upon entering the residence hall, and must claim any guest accompanying them to the building.

How many students live in each residence hall room?

Delaware in D.C. students will likely be placed in triple rooms, although they may be also placed in a double room.

If the student has a problem or issue with their assigned roommate, is it possible to change rooms?

If a Delaware in D.C. student does not like their roommate or has trouble with their assignment, they can contact the AU Housing & Dining Staff for assistance. If a student wishes to change rooms, AU Housing & Dining Program Staff will do their best to work with the student to resolve the issue, but room changes are not guaranteed.


Are there any intramural sports I can participate in while in D.C.?

Yes, Delaware in D.C. students have full access to all AU facilities and activities while participating in the Delaware in D.C. Program. These include intramural sports, computer labs, library, fitness center, swimming pool, clubs, etc.

What is the housing situation at the University of Delaware during the spring semester?

Students will live in on-campus housing at UD with other first year roommates. Students have the option to request roommates but vacancy restrictions will most likely result in roommate requests not being honored. In that event, attempts are made to place roommate pairs as close to each other as possible. Students will be guaranteed housing on UD’s campus but we CANNOT guarantee which residence halls Delaware in D.C. students will be placed in. Residence Life & Housing does their best to keep Delaware in D.C. students together in the same area of campus.

How many students live in each residence hall room at UD?

First year students at the University of Delaware live in traditional double rooms accommodating two students or triple rooms for three students. There are also 2-bedroom suites accommodating a total of six students, three on each side of the suite. Due to availability at the start of the spring semester, Delaware in D.C. students will most likely be placed in a triple room or suite.

Will there be an orientation for Delaware in D.C. students?

Yes! Delaware in D.C. students will have a move-in weekend and orientation program facilitated by both American University and UD. Students will have another orientation at the University of Delaware prior to the start of spring semester.

When will orientation be held?

Orientation will be held the week of August 22, 2016 after Move-In Weekend. Additional details regarding orientation will be available in the summer.

How can I learn more about my Delaware in D.C. fall semester at American University?

The School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University, which partners with the University of Delaware to offer Delaware in D.C., will have a representative at the University of Delaware Decision Day on April 16. You will have the opportunity to meet with program staff (from UD and AU) to learn more about how the program will align with your University of Delaware degree program. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact the Delaware in D.C. staff at the University of Delaware by email at DelawareinDC@udel.edu or by phone at (302) 831- 3313, or the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University at (202) 895-4936.