*International Students Already Studying in the U.S., should visit Admission Requirements for US Students
International Students from Colleges and Universities Abroad: Are you ready for the academic, professional, and cultural experience of a lifetime? Through the Washington Semester International Certificate Program, you can spend a semester or an academic year in the dynamic, cosmopolitan city of Washington, D.C., where you will have access to some of the most influential people and organizations in the world. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a certificate which may fit into your degree program at home.
Through an intense, experiential seminar, you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience through an internship at a local organization and meet the movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. An advanced-undergraduate program, the International Certificate Program attracts not only undergraduate students, but also the occasional recent graduate, graduate student, and young professional. Studying and living with students from across the United States and around the world, you will build lifelong friendships in a dynamic university community!
*Please note that students from Washington Semester partner institutions may be required to apply through their home university.*
International Certificate Applicants must submit the following application documents:
- Washington Semester Application
- Official University Transcripts
- Letter of Recommendation or Nomination from a member school
- Proof of English Fluency: As proof of English fluency, we accept the TOEFL, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), SAT's, or PTE (Pearson's Test of English). We require that students meet the following scores:
Paper Based TOEFL: 550
Computer Based TOEFL: 213
Internet Based TOEFL: 80 (Minimum of 18 on Speaking & Listening)
*We will also accept results of the Kansas Test offered at American University.*
*Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation Scholarship applicants, apply here.
Supporting Documents can be sent to the following address:
Washington Semester Program
Attn: International Student Exchange Program
School of Professional and Extended Studies
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
The School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) helps international students every step of the way in obtaining a J-1 or F-1 visa. Please click here for more information on immigration and international student life at American University.
Member School Rates: International applicants from member schools should email our office or check with their home institution representative regarding established tuition rates.
Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation (MSFF) Scholars: In partnership with the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation (MSFF) and the American University School of International Studies (SIS), funding is available for eligible applicants to participate in two consecutive semesters of the Washington Semester International Certificate Program. Interested candidates may apply here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT:
Ms. Stephanie Rucker Andrews
Assistant Director, International Enrollment & Student Services
Ms. Heather Broberg
Admissions & Recruitment Assistant