Washington Semester Program
The Washington Semester Program at American University School of Professional & Extended Studies in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON LIVE, LEARN, KNOW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SEMESTER PROGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU YOUR LIFE e Washington Semester Program is anything but a typical college experience. It’s an active and engaging immersion into the subject area of your choice, leveraging the exceptional resources of American University and Washington, D.C. Guided by a dedicated faculty member, students from colleges and universities around the world work alongside each other in a premier program of study featuring internships, classroom seminars, and lectures and presentations given by global experts and decision makers. e contacts, skills, knowledge, and experiences you take from this program will help bolster your ability to create meaningful change throughout your career. Established in 1947, the Washington Semester Program attracts more than 700 students each year and boasts more than 40,000 domestic and international alumni. As a participant, you’ll not only gain professional experience and build networks for a lifetime through this fully immersive program, you’ll also be exposed to a truly global perspective on your eld of interest—rolling up your sleeves to acquire the problem-solving and teamwork skills employers want to see in new graduates. It could end up being the most in uential semester of your life! SEMESTER OF THIS COULD BE THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Coming to WSP was the best decision of my life! It has been a remarkably rewarding learning experience that changed my view of the world and opened up many other doors. Tobias Baude, University of Muenster, Germany FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU WORK, STUDY IN A PROMINENT WORLD CAPITAL Washington is a truly world-class city in which to work, learn, and explore. Influential organizations, such as the U.S. Congress, Supreme Court, and Federal Reserve, and global institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), call this city home. Resources, including the Smithsonian museums and Library of Congress, are readily available. Culture, nightlife, events, fine dining, and ethnic markets abound. Washington is a truly world-class city in which to work, learn, and play. As a student in the Washington Semester Program, you are part of American University, a private doctoral institution chartered by an act of Congress in 1893. With a student body of more than 13,000 students and its own library, sports arena, performing arts complex, dining options, farmerâ€™s market, and other amenities, American Universityâ€™s campus is often described as an oasis in a bustling capital city. Yet all the iconic energy and attractions you expect from Washington, D.C., are just a short Metro ride away. Your experience on campus, working closely with your professor, interacting with students from around the world, and leveraging the opportunities of Washington, D.C., simply cannot be understated when it comes to the role they play in the Washington Semester Program. They turn our rigorous academic program into a holistic experience that will continue to pay unexpected dividends throughout your life. AND LEARN FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU SEMESTER IN WASHINGTON The Washington Semester Program is specifically designed to be unlike any other semester in your college career. Professors with extensive experience in their fields use both their contacts and the resources of Washington, D.C., to deliver a 360-degree, global perspective of your chosen area of study. You will spend two days each week as an intern at a notable organization. The other three days of the week, you’ll be learning from your professor in a seminar. And, over the course of the semester, you’ll have access to more than 50 guest speakers, organizational visits, and public events relevant to your area of study. You also have the option of conducting a research project supervised by your professor. It is a challenging semester, to be sure, but one that delivers rewards in the experiences you walk away with—from the knowledge you glean from practical work experience and your coursework, to the finesses you acquire from collaborating with others in your cohort and leveraging the opportunities of this capital city. CAREER-BUILDING SPEND A RIGOROUS The Washington Semester Program was simply amazing. The internships that are available to a WSP student are phenomenal. The class is even better. Speakers come often and are excellent. Lauren Farden, University of Minnesota Duluth FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LEARN ABOUT YOUR FIELD THROUGH EXTENSIVE In the Washington Semester Program, you’ll spend three days per week in a seminar. But “seminar” can be a misleading word. These are engaging, interactive sessions that explore key issues in your field. Led by your professor, you’ll learn from local, national, and global experts. You’ll visit area nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses. And you’ll gain skills relevant to your future career. In addition, half of our seminars incorporate approximately 18 days of travel to diverse global locations that inform your area of study. SEMINARS As part of the Washington Semester Program, you’ll also hear from congressional, judicial, and executive branch representatives; international policy experts; entrepreneurs; news executives; prominent lawyers; and business leaders from NGOs, embassies, multilateral financial institutions, and government institutions. As a prominent, well-established educational institution in a leading city, the types of contacts we’re able to leverage reaches to all levels of government and business. Here are just a few of the speakers who participate in the Washington Semester Program. Bob Schieffer, CBS News Michael Isikoff, Newsweek Andrew Card, former White House Chief-of-Staff President George W. Bush Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attorney General John Ashcroft Yasser El-Naggar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Egypt in Washington Juergen Voegele, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Services, World Bank FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU GAIN EXPERIENCE CONTACTS THROUGH INTERNSHIPS The Washington Semester Program offers a unique synergy between theory and practice. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in class to your professional development, and bring practical experiences into the classroom each week. Your internship search process begins before you arrive on campus. Explore our database of over 2,000 available internship opportunities at diverse national and international organizations and submit your resume to the positions that interest you. Our staff will help you fine-tune your resume, perfect your interviewing skills, and support your internship search. One of the opportunities that sets the Washington Semester Program apart is the option to perform a research study on the topic of your choice supervised by your professor. Or you might prefer to take an elective course from AU’s curriculum. Either way, exercising one of these options not only increases the college credits you’ll receive from the program, but also helps you make the most of your Washington, D.C., experience. AND VALUABLE Here are just a few of the organizations where our students routinely receive internships: AARP American Bar Association American Cancer Society Amnesty International B’nai B’rith International CNN Corcoran Gallery of Art Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ESPN Humane Society of the United States J.P. Morgan Metropolitan Police Department National Coalition for Homeless Veterans National Environmental Trust National Geographic National Press Club National Wildlife Federation PBS Planned Parenthood Save the Children SmithBarney Various Embassies Voice of America Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU STUDY AT A SCHOOL DEDICATED TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The Washington Semester program is offered through American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS). Created in 2012, SPExS builds on the Washington Semester Program’s legacy of bringing students from across the US and around the world to Washington, D.C., for rigorous academic study. The innovative thought that created the Washington Semester’s groundbreaking live and learn opportunities in 1947 is still alive today in SPExS’s other offerings and partnerships, including: Summer Internship Program Washington Mentorship Program Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Graduate Gateway International Gateway Program Washington Access Internships (WAI) FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU EXPLORE YOUR FIELD IN THE CITY THAT DEFINES IT. Journalism. Law. Global a airs. Politics. Careers in these arenas are shaped by the in uence of Washington, D.C., and American University delivers some of the most prestigious degrees in those elds. e Washington Semesterâ€™s programs are focused on these areas, opening doors, creating valuable networks, and delivering de ning moments in the careers of many program graduates. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU FOREIGN POLICY DETAILS GLOBAL ECONOMICS & BUSINESS* Place yourself at the crossroads of global economics and business. In this program you’ll attend seminars and briefings at the Federal Reserve Board, U.S. Congress, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Treasury, World Bank, and IMF. PROGRAM TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES Interact with diplomats, government officials, public opinion shapers, lobbyists, and academic experts as you examine the processes involved in international policy making and tackle specific issues like national security and the Middle East crisis. AMERICAN POLITICS & POLICY Study the impact of the two-party system, the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, the role of the courts in decision making, the management of campaigns and elections, and the power of interest groups in the democratic process—up close and in person with top decision makers in those areas. Learn from policy makers, grassroots change agents, and others who work to strengthen communities as you explore challenges to communities and innovative solutions at the federal, local, and grassroots levels. JOURNALISM & NEW MEDIA Develop stories that make headlines and interact with some of the most noted print, broadcast, and new-media professionals. Examine every aspect of journalism, including local to global communications and how new media is transforming the field of journalism. JUSTICE OR PUBLIC LAW What are law and justice in the United States? The Justice and Law seminars are a close-up examination of how our public lawmaking process creates public policy and how the legal system works to try to attain “equal justice for all.” THE MIDDLE EAST & WORLD AFFAIRS* Explore contemporary Middle Eastern social movements, politics, and international relations, particularly in relation to their implications for the US and Europe. Gain effective cross-cultural communication skills and a better understanding of how western and Middle Eastern leaders and policy makers conceptualize current issues. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT* Explore global environmental and developmental challenges and solutions through site visits ranging from a local homeless advocacy organization to the World Bank and USAID. Examine the roles of local, national, and international organizations through meetings with diverse experts in D.C. PEACE & CONFLICT RESOLUTION* Investigate the complex dynamics of deeprooted international and identity conflicts. Gain multiple lenses to understand and analyze the decision making process involved in various prevention, peacemaking, and peacekeeping efforts. INTERNATIONAL LAW & ORGANIZATIONS* Meet international law practitioners and policy makers in national and international organizations, government bodies, embassies, diverse non-governmental organizations, and consulates to gain broad professional experience and insight into the complexity of modern international law. * Some study tracks include travel - within the United States or internationally. Please check with Washington Semester Program staff or our web site regarding travel affiliated with the program to which you are applying. APPLY TO THE WASHINGTON SEMESTER PROGRAM The Washington Semester Program is open to students who have the equivalent of a U.S. grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a scale of 4.0) and have completed a minimum of three semesters of university study. Apply early, as space for each program is limited. Students are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. You’ll find application deadlines at applyspexs.american.edu/applications. The application process is completed online and includes the following steps: Create an account following the online instructions. Check your email and verify your account. Submit a completed application online. The application requires an official university transcript and approval from your campus representative (if you attend one of our affiliated member schools). If you are currently studying in the US, click “Admission requirements for domestic students for full instructions.” If you are a student attending an international institution, click on “Admission requirements for international students for full instructions.” Visa Requirements: International students from overseas institutions (excluding US citizens and permanent residents) admitted to the Washington Semester Program need to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa in order to study in the United States. American University will issue a Form DS-2019, the Certificate for J1 visa eligibility to support visa applications to American embassies or consulates overseas. Additional information for required documents to obtain the form and the J1 visa to study at American University can be found online: american.edu/ocl/isss/immigrationsdocs.cfm. Fluency: You must also provide proof of English fluency if your native language is not English. Minimum requirements are TOEFL (minimum of 80, including 18 on speaking and listening), IELTS (6.5), SAT-1 Verbal (530), or PTE (59). Financial Aid Washington Semester administrators understand that some students receive financial assistance at their home campus/school. You may be able to use your financial aid packages from your home school for the Washington Semester experience. If you have with additional financial need, you may apply for a Dean’s Scholarship, which can offer partial support for tuition, travel, and housing. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/SPEXS/WASHINGTONSEMESTER OR EMAIL WASHSEM@AMERICAN.EDU ACCESS THE BENEFITS OF A PREMIER ACADEMIC PROGRAM It’s hard to imagine how a single semester can change the trajectory of a person’s life and career, but it’s something we hear all the time at the Washington Semester Program. For most, it fills in the gaps that may exist in their current education, whether those gaps are cultural, educational, professional, social, or otherwise. But what makes the Washington Semester Program truly unique is its Washington, D.C., location with close proximity and access to the city’s power centers, resources, and cultural opportunities Intensive program design that marries class work with internships, research, field trips, guest speakers, and events Global perspective reinforced by both the curriculum and the diversity of students in your cohort Network of more than 40,000 alumni and a program built around making connections that will serve you in the future American University pedigree—a leading academic institution with world-class faculty and facilities Are you ready for the semester of a lifetime? Apply today! 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