Admission steps and requirements depend on whether you attend a partner school. Please confirm your partner school status and follow the steps below.

Fall and Spring Requirements

Admission is on a rolling basis. Apply early for better access to competitive internships.

Spring 2021

November 15
Priority Deadline for US Applicants
December 1
Final Deadline for US Applicants

Fall 2021

March 15
Priority Deadline for US and International Applicants
May 15
Final Deadline for International Applicants
July 15
Final Deadline for US Applicants

The Washington Semester Program Fall and Spring semester options are open to college students who have:

  • a college GPA 2.5/4.0 or higher
  • a minimum of 3 semesters of university coursework completed

You can apply to join the program as early as your spring semester of your sophomore year in college.

If you attend a partner institution

  1. Contact your home school's Washington Semester Program partner representative to learn about your home school's policies on credit transfer, financial aid, and any home school requirements/deadlines to study off campus.
  2. Your home school Washington Semester Program representative will explain the internal application requirements to apply to the program. Complete your home school's requirements.
  3. Proceed to How to Apply.
  4. If you are unsure of who to contact, email washsem@american.edu or call (202) 895-4900.

If you do not attend a partner institution

  1. Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on Washington Semester Program credit transfer, financial aid, and any home school requirements to study off-campus.
  2. Proceed to How to Apply
  3. If you're unsure whether you attend a partner institution, email washsem@american.edu or call 202-895-4900 to find out.
  1. Once you have completed your home school requirements, create an account.
  2. After you have created an account, complete the application.
  3. After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).

    Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.

If you attend a partner institution:

  • Unofficial transcript from your home institution
  • Approval from your home institution's representative.
    If you are unable to identify your home institution's representative, please contact us at washsem@american.edu

If you do NOT attend a partner institution:

  • Unofficial transcript from your home institution
  • Academic letter of recommendation

Please submit all supplemental items either electronically (upload with your application) or via mail:

Mail Via United States Postal Service (USPS):

School of Professional & Extended Studies
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-8124

Mail Via Courier Service (UPS, FedEx, DHL):

Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20016-8001

Summer Requirements

Summer 2021

Selective Washington, DC organizations require applications as early as November 15. To be eligible for competitive internships that may mandate security clearances and follow-up, apply early. Note the priority and early deadlines:

February 1
Priority Application deadline
Admission is on a rolling basis.
Apply early for better access to competitive internships.
March 15
Priority Housing Deadline
Housing is guaranteed if you submit your deposit and request housing before this deadline. After this date, housing is provided on a rolling basis as space is available.
April 1
Final Application Deadline
April 15
Final Deposit* & Housing Deadline

*All deposits are non-refundable

 

"Program Eligibility"
Undergraduate Graduate
Candidate must be an actively enrolled student in good standing at an accredited 2- or 4- year institution of higher education Candidate must be an actively enrolled student in good standing at an accredited graduate-level program
OR
Candidate must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the past academic year
Candidate must have completed at least two semesters (or 24 credits) of undergraduate courses by the program start date, not including AP or IB credits Candidate must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from both undergrad and graduate (if applicable) program
Candidate must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from their home institution Candidate must not require visa support from American University to study in the US
Candidate must not require visa support from American University to study in the US  

To Apply:

  1. Create an account.
  2. Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on credit transfer.
  3. After you have created an account, complete the application.
  4. After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).

    Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.
  • Unofficial transcript from your home institution
  • Resume

Please submit all supplemental items either electronically (upload with your application) or via mail:

Mail Via United States Postal Service (USPS):

School of Professional & Extended Studies
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-8124

Mail Via Courier Service (UPS, FedEx, DHL):

Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20016-8001