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Washington Semester Program - Registration and Forms

As you prepare for the upcoming semester, there are required forms you must submit for your registration and enrollment to be processed.

Registration and Required Forms

All program registration forms must be completed online. After you place your deposit, you will have access to the following required registration forms through your ApplySpexs portal at applyspexs.american.edu:

• MyAU Portal Account Creation Instructions

• Course Registration Authorization

• Consent and Release

• Parking Policy Agreement

• Health Insurance Waiver/Enrollment Instructions and Mandatory Immunization Information

• Emergency Contact Information

Please note registration starts on May 1, 2014, for the Fall 2014 semester. The sooner you submit your course authorization form, the more likely you will be able to enroll in your desired elective as undergraduate courses do fill up quickly.

If you are eligible to enroll in an elective course as part of the Washington Semester Program, your elective should take place after 5:00pm and be an undergraduate course (100-400 level). You can view course offerings here.

All forms are due prior to the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

Fall 2014 Housing 

As a Washington Semester student you have three housing options. You may apply to live in our off-campus university leased housing - The Berkshires Apartments, affectionately known as “The Berks”, or on campus in Leonard Hall (meal plan required for all on campus housing options). You also may decide to pursue your own off-campus arrangements. Note that you will need to complete the application appropriate for your preference. Registration for housing is on a first come first serve basis.
If you want to be considered for university housing, please be sure to submit your housing application no later than Thursday, May 29, 2014. Please see Floor Plans and Room Rates. To request university housing in The Berkshire Apartments or Leonard Hall, please log into the application portal to fill out the Fall 2014 online Housing Application.  
If you have or wish to seek your own off-campus housing accommodations please complete the Off-Campus Housing Form.  


The Berkshire Apartments, located on Massachusetts Avenue between Nebraska Ave and Macomb St, NW are only a block away (about a 5 minute walk) from main campus and a mile from the Tenleytown-AU Metro stop on the Red Line. The University Shuttle provides transportation between main campus and the Metro. The Berkshire features double occupancy (two students sharing a room) studio, small one bedroom, and medium/large one bedroom apartment options. Each apartment unit contains kitchen facilities and bathroom. You can view images of the Berkshire Apartments floor plans here.

Berkshire Apartments Room Rental Fee (per person)

Studio (double occupancy) Apartment: $5,217/semester

Small One Bedroom (double occupancy) Apartment: $5,796/semester

Medium/Large One Bedroom (double occupancy) Apartment: $6,666/semester


Leonard Hall is home to approximately 400 first year students and is known for its diverse residential population and range of communities both domestic & international. The building has a traditional residence hall design with corridor-style rooms and shared hall bathrooms. Each floor community has a central lounge space containing a kitchen, lounge furniture and a TV where students are often found studying and /or participating in events and programs. In addition to the floor lounges, Leonard Hall is home to one of the most updated student lounge social spaces, known as The Hatch. It is a student-run lounge that often hosts programs and also serves as a relaxing area with modern decor. It also has two separated spaces, one of which is used as a live performance space.
There are 7 Resident Assistants (RAs) in Leonard Hall. The RAs serve as peer educators on the floor, helping residents transition to the university and get connected to the community through a variety of initiatives. Leonard Hall is also noticed for its substantial views, one being the overlooking view of the Amphitheater and American Universities arboretum. Leonard Hall residents also have access to a student computer lab that supports internet and printing needs. You can view images of Leonard Hall at here.
Please Note: housing assignments for Leonard Hall are completed in the order in which received. Students who complete their housing application by Thursday, May 15th, will have priority of assignment to a double room. Once the double rooms are exhausted, students will be assigned to a temporary triple room. Students can also opt into a triple room for the year by selecting this option on the enrollment application. There is a cost differential of approximately $1,219 per semester.

Please note that being assigned to a temporary triple room does not guarantee that a student will remain in a temporary triple room for the entire academic year. It is possible for a room to be de-tripled at any point throughout the year. Students in temporary triple rooms will be offered the chance to de-triple as space becomes available. The room can be de-tripled if one or more students in the room vacate the space for any reason. Room cost will be pro-rated at the time of de-tripling to reflect the amount of time spent in a temporary triple room and the amount of time spent in a double room in that particular semester. We make every effort to de-triple students as quickly as possible, and we do expect to offer every student in a temporary triple the opportunity to de-triple by the start of the spring term if applicable

Leonard Hall Room Rental Fee (per person)
Double Occupancy: $4,804/semester
Triple Occupancy: $3,585/semester


WSP students are not required to live in university housing.  Should students wish to find their own accommodations off-campus, they may do so. AU’s office of Housing and Dining Programs maintains off-campus resources that may aid students in their search. If you have or wish to seek your own off-campus housing accommodations please complete the Off-Campus Housing Form.


If you need to request specific housing accommodation for a medical or disability-related need, please contact AU's Academic Support and Access Center at asac@american.edu.