Welcome

We are pleased to welcome you to American University and the Washington Semester Program. This web page will guide you through your next steps as you prepare to join your Washington Semester Program cohort.

Please check your AU email inbox regularly for important updates!

Spring 2020

  1. Accept your offer and enroll

    Available Now
    To enroll in the Washington Semester program, please submit your enrollment deposit of $400 online:

    Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable and will be held in your student account to be credited toward your tuition.

    Rules and Regulations

    All students must adhere to the American University Academic Integrity Code and Undergraduate Student Regulations. Please make sure to review this information before courses begin.

     
    Deadline:
    Friday, November 15
  2. Begin your internship search

    Available upon receiving email invitation
    Log into the Internship Web and upload your resume.
    Pick an advising session from this schedule and email Amy Morrill-Bijeau to sign up.
    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu(202) 895-4967

     
    Deadline:
    ASAP
  3. Complete the Registration Checklist

    Available Early November
    View Registration Checklist
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

     
    Priority Deadline:
    Sunday, November 10
    Final Deadline:
    Tuesday, December 3
  4. Complete the online application for university housing

    Available Mid-November

    If you will find your own housing, complete the off-campus housing form sent to your AU email.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983

    Deadline
    Tuesday, December 3

    More Infoabout housing

  5. Submit a headshot for your AU ID card

    Available Late November
    View photo requirements and then submit your headshot.

    Deadline
    Wednesday, December 4
  6. Submit the Immunization Form

    Available Now
    Email your Immunization Form to immunizations@american.edu.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983
     


    Deadline

    Monday, January 6, 2020
     

    More Infoabout immunization requirements

  7. Activate or waive the AU health insurance

    Available one week after receiving confirmation email from WSP staff

    Decide whether you will active or waive AU health insurance.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983

    Deadline
    Monday, January 6, 2020
     

    More Infoabout health insurance options

  8. Move into university housing

    Move-in Date: Wednesday, January 8

    Check your AU email for your housing assignment in mid-late December.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983
     

  9. Attend the mandatory WSP Orientation

    Event Date: Thursday & Friday, January 9-10

    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983

  10. Attend the Internship Fair & first day of classes

    Date: Monday, January 13
    Internship Fair: 10:00am-12:00pm (noon), Constitution Hall Rooms 1-3
    Fair Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu(202) 895-4967
    Class Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

  11. Request necessary changes to courses

    Available after submission of pre-registration form

    Courses dropped after January 27 will be recorded with a "W" on your AU transcript.
    This is the last day to add or drop an elective course or research project.
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

    Deadline:
    Monday, January 27
  12. Decide on your meal plan

    Available after receiving housing assignment
    If you are living in an on-campus residence hall, decide whether to keep the 100-block meal plan (minimum allowed, automatically enrolled) or to increase it.
    If you are living in the Frequency Apartments or off-campus housing, decide whether to purchase a meal plan.

    To purchase or increase a meal plan, log into the myAU portal, hover over Life@AU, select One Card & Dining Services, click on Meal Plan Portal, and follow the prompts.

    Questions? One Card & Dining Services mealplans@american.edu(202) 885-2273


    Deadline:

    Tuesday, January 28
     

    More Infoabout meal plans

  13. Complete the Experiential Learning Form (ELF)

    Available after being offered an internship
    Begin your internship and complete the ELF in the Internship Web within the first 2.5 weeks of the semester.
    Students who have not completed this step by January 29 will be required to speak with their internship professor about the Internship Alternative.
    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu(202) 895-4967

     
    Deadline:
    Wednesday, January 29
     

    ELF

  14. Submit transcript request form

    Available Thursday, January 9
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

     
    Deadline:
    Tuesday, May 5
     
  1. Accept your offer and enroll

    Available Now
    To enroll in the Washington Semester program, please submit your enrollment deposit of $400 online:

    Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable and will be held in your student account to be credited toward your tuition.

    Rules and Regulations

    All students must adhere to the American University Academic Integrity Code and Undergraduate Student Regulations. Please make sure to review this information before courses begin.

     
    Deadline:
    ASAP
  2. Proceed with the immigration process

    Available Now

    International Students (For-Credit) 
    Submit the following via the application portal:

    • Copy of your passport's biological page
    • Official bank letter stating you have at least $27,058 USD to finance your semester
    • CFIS Form demonstrating funding for $33,192 USD including your WSP tuition adjustment and the information stated in your bank letter. Please note: You have been admitted to a non-degree academic program and are requesting a J-1 visa, which you will apply for with a DS-2019 immigration document. Please list your sponsor as your home institution and your current job title as "student" and indicate your correct non-U.S. mailing address.


    International Certificate Program Students (Non-Credit) 
    Submit the following via the application portal:

    • Copy of your passport's biological page
    • Official bank letter stating you have at least $17,157 USD to finance your semester
    • CFIS Form (signed and dated). Please note: You have been admitted to a non-degree academic program and are requesting a J-1 visa, which you will apply for with a DS-2019 immigration document. Please list your sponsor as your home institution and your current job title as "student" and indicate your correct non-U.S. mailing address.


    You will receive your letter of admission, DS-2019, and other pre-arrival information via FedEx International Priority mail.

    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4987

    Deadline
    ASAP
  3. Begin your search

    Available upon receiving email invitation
    Log into the Internship Web and upload your resume.
    Pick an advising session from this schedule and email Amy Morrill-Bijeau to sign up.
    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4967

    Deadline:
    ASAP
  4. Complete the Registration Checklist

    Available Mid-November
    View For-Credit Registration Checklist
    View Non-Credit International Registration Checklist
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4987

     
    Priority Deadline:
    Sunday, November 10
    Final Deadline:
    Tuesday, December 3
  5. Complete the online application for university housing

    Available Mid-November

    If you will find your own housing, complete the off-campus housing form sent to your AU email.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4983

    Deadline
    Tuesday, December 3

    More Infoabout housing

  6. Submit a headshot for your AU ID card

    Available Late November
    View photo requirements and then submit your headshot.

    Deadline
    Wednesday, December 4
  7. Submit the Immunization Report

    Available Now
    Email your Immunization Form to immunizations@american.edu.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4983

     
    Deadline
    Monday, January 6, 2020

    More Infoabout immunization requirements

  8. Activate or waive the AU health insurance

    Available one week after receiving registration confirmation email from WSP staff

    Decide whether you will enroll or waive AU health insurance.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4983

    Deadline
    Monday, January 6, 2020

    More Infoabout health insurance options

  9. Attend the mandatory WSP International Student Orientation

    Event Date: Wednesday, January 8

    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu+1 (202) 895-4987

  10. Attend the mandatory WSP Orientation

    Event Date: Thursday & Friday, January 9-10

    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.
    Questions? Fred DiLorenzospexsstudentservices@american.edu(202) 895-4983

  11. Attend the Internship Fair & first day of classes

    Date: Monday, January 13
    Internship Fair: 10:00am-12:00pm (noon), Constitution Hall Rooms 1-3
    Fair Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu(202) 895-4967
    Class Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

  12. Pay your American University bill

    Available Early January
    Pay your AU bill by the first day of classes. View Payment Options.
    Tuition Refund Insurance (optional and separate)
    Questions? Donna Chapman Williamsdchapma@american.edu(202) 895-4912

     
    Deadline
    Monday, January 13
  13. Request necessary changes to courses

    Available after submission of pre-registration form

    Courses dropped after January 27 will be recorded with a "W" on your AU transcript.
    This is the last day to add or drop an elective course or research project.
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

    Deadline:
    Monday, January 27
  14. Decide on your meal plan

    Available after receiving housing assignment
    If you are living in an on-campus residence hall, decide whether to keep the 100-block meal plan (minimum allowed, automatically enrolled) or to increase it.
    If you are living in the Frequency Apartments or off-campus housing, decide whether to purchase a meal plan.

    To purchase or increase a meal plan, log into the myAU portal, hover over Life@AU, select One Card & Dining Services, click on Meal Plan Portal, and follow the prompts.

    Questions? One Card & Dining Services • mealplans@american.edu(202) 885-2273

     
    Deadline:
    Tuesday, January 28

    More Infoabout meal plans

  15. Complete the Experiential Learning Form (ELF)

    Available after being offered a position
    Complete within the first 2.5 weeks of the semester in order to get authorized to begin your academic training.
    Students who have not completed this step by Jan. 29 must speak with their professor about an alternative experiential learning plan.
    Important: You are not allowed to begin your academic training until you have received an amended DS-2019 from AU's Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeaumorrill@american.edu(202) 895-4967


    Deadline:

    Wednesday, January 29

    ELF

  16. Submit transcript request form

    Available Tuesday, January 9
    Questions? Anna Saavedrasaavedra@american.edu(202) 895-4987

     
    Deadline:
    Tuesday, May 5