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Our Programs

To learn more about the many educational opportunities SPExS has to offer, please explore our programs:

Undergraduate:

Washington Semester® Program- Established in 1947, the Washington Semester® Program is an experiential learning academic program that includes 8 credits of academic seminar in one of 12 topic areas, 4 credits of internship, and 3-4 credits of independent research or elective course.

Washington Internship for Native Students– offers American Indian/Alaska native/ Native Hawaiian students the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington DC.

Washington Semester® Summer Internship Program– Students gain hands-on skills interning for nine weeks in Washington DC with a professional organization and augment their hands-on experience by attending a seminar once a week in their field of study.

International Gateway Program– This program is composed of academic bridge courses along with course work designed to assist with the  American cultural transition for undergraduate international students.

Washington Mentorship Program– This 15-credit fall semester program gives students admitted for the spring semester at American University an insider’s perspective on Washington, DC. Based on the highly successful academic model of SPExS’ Washington Semester program, the Washington Mentorship Program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional academic learning.

Academic English Program- The Academic English Program (AEP) is a non-credit, semester-long residential program for freshman applicants with a strong academic record but require additional support with English language skills. AEP students are enrolled in an intensive English program with 20 hours of in-class instruction per week.

AU Gap Program - American University’s Gap Program will provide you with an enriching experience in Washington, D.C. You will build a foundation for academic and professional success, while focusing on skills that can be applied in college and later in a career. This program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are taking a year before starting college.

Graduate:

Graduate Gateway Program– The Graduate Gateway Program is a one-semester program that introduces students to graduate level course work and internships in Washington DC in their respective field.

Graduate International Gateway Program- The Graduate International Gateway Program (IGP) is a summer, academic bridge program designed specifically for students who have been admitted to one of American University’s graduate programs. IGP provides students with a full immersion into U.S. academic culture, sharpens their communication abilities, and builds the necessary confidence and skills to succeed in graduate-level study and research.

Washington Internship for Native Students- offers American Indian/ Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian students the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington D.C.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management and Evaluation - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of projects is fast becoming a critical management function in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as donor organizations seek more accountability in the funds they donate. Our program will equip you with the skills necessary to design and implement program-based M&E, enabling you to advance within your current nonprofit organization with skills that are in demand.

GRE Prep Courses– Preparatory course to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The course provides instruction on the Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytic Writing sections of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

GMAT Prep Courses- Preparatory course for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The course provides instruction on the Quantitative, Verbal, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning sessions of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

LSAT Prep Courses- Preparatory course for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The course provides instruction on the Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Essay sections of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Special Courses:

English Language Program- The English Language Program (ELP) at American University offers customized, short term programs for groups or evening courses for individuals for non-native English speakers.

LEAD ProgramAmerican University's Leadership, Empowerment And Development (LEAD) program provides women clarity and skills to guide them through significant transitions in their personal and professional lives. The holistic, multi-disciplinary curriculum in the four-course LEAD program addresses gender-based needs and experiences in both professional and personal development from one's thirties through midlife, retirement and beyond. LEAD courses are now available in Annapolis as well.

Washington Workshops for Faculty- Modeled after the Washington Semester Program, which has provided thousands of students from around the world with a formative and unforgettable educational experience in Washington, DC since 1947, these workshops allow faculty to explore afresh issues related to their discipline and meet, in-person, experts and decision makers, as well as obtain resources for your teaching and research.

Partnerships:

UM in DC- This 15-credit fall semester program gives students admitted for the spring semester at University of Miami an insider’s perspective on Washington DC.  Based on the highly successful academic model of SPExS’ Washington Semester program, the Washington Mentorship Program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional academic learning.

Brandeis Midyears in the Washington Mentorship Program- This 15-credit fall semester program gives students admitted for the spring semester at Brandeis University an insider’s perspective on Washington DC. Based on the highly successful academic model of SPExS’ Washington Semester program, the Washington Mentorship Program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional academic learning.