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Washington Semester Program

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Established in 1947, the Washington Semester Program pairs academic and experiential learning with an internship at one of D.C.’s many influential institutions. Receive academic credit and:

  • Gain a competitive edge in the job market
  • Learn on-site at key organizations in D.C.
  • Engage with prominent experts and leaders in government, international affairs, non-profit and media organizations
  • Interact with professionals in your field
  • Participate in hands-on seminars
  • Experience the culture of Washington, D.C.
  • Build your professional and personal networks


Become career-ready by interning in Washington, D.C. You will gain practical and professional experience that will elevate you in a competitive job market. Our staff provides expert advice on acquiring an internship before your arrival. Focus on your long-term professional development and reflect on your experiences in the accompanying academic course.

Program Costs

Fall 2017 Estimated Costs
*Final costs will be available in early April 2017

Estimated Tuition (per semester)

$22,023 (12-17 credits) for full-time undergraduate students and students from non-partner schools.

Partner School Students – There are tiered rates for partner schools. Consult your home school representative for your tuition rate.

Housing costs range from $3,657 to $7,247. Please see our Tuition and Fees sheet for more details.

Scholarships are available. For priority consideration, complete your application by March 3rd.

Tiered Tuition Rates

  • Tier 1: $16,500 for schools with tuition rates below 75% of current AU tuition.
  • Tier 2: Home School rate for schools with home school tuition rates greater than $16,500, but less than AU’s rate.
  • Tier 3: AU prevailing undergraduate tuition rate for schools with home school tuition rates at or greater than AU’s rate.

Students may qualify for additional scholarships available based on merit and need.

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Washington Semester Highlights

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A Quick Look into the Washington Semester Program

Join four Spring 2017 WSP students from different schools and a WSP alum in a webinar with Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Heather Broberg.

  • Bonnette Ishimwe, Whitman College
  • Maxence Hamker, Boston College
  • Gregory Kulchyckyj, Tufts University
  • Rache'l Oatis, Spelman College
  • Corey Howard, WSP Alum
  • Heather Broberg, WSP Recruitment and Admissions