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UM in DC: Frequently Asked Questions

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HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM?

UM in DC will have approximately 50-60 students.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE AND ENROLLMENT?

Space in this program is limited and deposits will be accepted by the University of Miami Office of Admission on a first come, first served basis until the program is full. Although the deadline to respond is May 1, 2015, the program may reach capacity prior to the deadline.

CAN UM IN DC PROGRAM STUDENTS STILL DOUBLE MAJOR?

Yes, however this is something that you will have to discuss with your academic advisor at the University of Miami.

WILL THESE CREDITS APPLY TO MY UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEGREE?

This is a UM program and, as such, you are enrolled at the University of Miami. In the spring, you will register for courses in your intended major. All credits completed during the fall semester will count toward your University of Miami degree. The Mentored Field Practicum credits will serve as an elective. College Writing is equivalent to English 106-English Composition II and the UM taught courses will count towards your individual course of study, depending on your major. The 3-credit selected elective might apply toward the intended major, general education requirements, a university math requirement, or simply serve as elective credits.

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES THAT MUST BE MET FOR THE MENTORED FIELD PRACTICUM COURSE?

There are no prerequisites for the mentored field practicum.

HOW ARE STUDENTS PLACED IN THEIR FIELD PRACTICUM?

The program does not place students in internships;students are given the tools to place themselves in an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through the practicum course.

Over the course of the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes during the month of July. Students are then given access to the SPExS Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. Students are highly encouraged to start applying to internships posted on the database over the summer.

On the first day of class, students attend the school's Internship Bazaar, where they can meet with over 100 internships sites. Finally, students also work with the WMP office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.

HOW DOES THE FIELD PRACTICUM HELP FIRST YEAR STUDENTS?

You will start to make contacts, build credentials, and gain real-world experience through the mentored field practicum (internship). Internships are available in areas of interest ranging from politics and justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, and arts & sciences.

CAN THE UM IN DC PROGRAM STUDENTS USE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FACILITIES?

You will have full access to all AU facilities and activities while you are a student in the UM in DC Program. These include computer labs, library, fitness centers, resource centers, clubs, etc.

WHAT ARE THE CAMPUS DINING OPTIONS?

You will probably eat most of your meals at the main campus dining facility (the Terrace Dining Room). Your EagleBucks (which are provided with your meal plan and can be added to by cash or credit card, online or at machines on campus) can be used at various on and off-campus locations including Whole Foods, Chipotle, CVS and more. For more information, visit EagleBucks or Dining Services.

IS IT MANDATORY TO HAVE A MEAL PLAN FRESHMAN YEAR?

All first-year students, including UM in DC Program students, are required to have the 175-block meal plan. However, you may opt to have a larger 200-block, 225-block, or 250-block meal plan. All plans come with EagleBucks and dining dollars.

CAN UM IN DC PROGRAM STUDENTS BRING CARS?

UM in DC Program students are not permitted to bring cars. If special circumstances exist, freshmen students can make arrangements with campus transportation services.

WHAT ARE THE STUDENT HEALTH CARE OPTIONS?

DC law states that all students must have health insurance – you may secure it through your parents or through American University. Students can waive AU Health Insurance through their MyAU portal.

HOW WILL FALL SEMESTER HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS BE MADE?

UM in DC Program and Housing and Dining Program staff will collaborate and determine housing assignments. Students will receive their roommates' names and information over the summer – it will be posted on the MyAU Portal account.

WILL FRESHMEN BE ROOMING WITH UPPERCLASSMEN?

UM in DC Program students will room with other freshman students participating in a similar program at AU.

 

For additional information and resources regarding the UM in DC program, you can also visit the UM site.