Study in the heart of our nation's capital

You will combine classroom work with practical experience to gain a better understanding of American government or a specific public policy area. Each program consists of an 8-credit seminar that meets 3 days a week, a 4-credit internship that you will participate in two days a week, and either a 4-credit research project or a 3-credit elective course taken at American University.  The Washington Semester Program includes several concentrations for which Washington, DC provides a unique perspective. Students from across the country and around the world come to American University for programs that feature seminars with key figures in the fields of American Politics; Foreign Policy; Global Economics and Business; International Law and Organizations; Journalism and New Media; Justice and Law; Peace and Conflict Resolution; Religion, Politics, Peace, and Security; Sustainable Development; and Transforming Communities.

  • You will learn from professors who are experts in their fields and who know Washington, DC

  • You also will visit international organizations and be a part of history as it unfolds
  • With an internship, you will expand your network and acquire valuable experience that distinguishes you from other students - at your home college - and in future internships and jobs
Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2023 1/16/2024 4/29/2024 $Exchange Program - Arcadia tuition 11/15/2023
Fall 2024 12/31/1969 12/31/1969 $Exchange Program - Arcadia tuition 5/15/2024

Program Details


United States

Language of Instruction



Washington, DC

Location Type

Capital City


Residence Hall or Apartment Style

Program Dates:

Fall: Late-August- Mid-December

Spring: Mid-January - Mid-May