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AU Washington Semester
Washington, DC, United States; (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: F&M applicants only
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Halls
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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American University
Program Advisor: Dean Ali Janicek Program Type: Direct Enrollment at Local University, Internship Opportunities
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American University: Washington Semester Program

An Unsurpassed Experience

When you join the Washington Semester Program at American University, you will be connected with an accredited top-ranked university with 70 years of experience providing college students from around the U.S. and the world with internships and seminars that align professional development with academic coursework.

Program Highlights

  • Site visits to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, NGOs, and international nonprofit organizations.
  • Career guidance: comprehensive career guidance, individual feedback on your resume and LinkedIn profile, and guided training on communication and navigating professional events
  • Networking, events, and services: international and DC connections by way of your internship and networking events, opportunities to make personalized connections with professional mentors, access to AU events (i.e. orientation, an internship fair, and Professional Development Day), and AU student services/resources
You can earn 12-17 American University credits that you transfer back to your home university...

Academic Seminars (2 seminars, each 4 credits): Professors who are experts in their fields will introduce you to local, national, and global experts as you explore key issues in the topic. You will learn about the inner workings of non-profits, businesses, government agencies and international organizations and have innovative assignments (applied learning activities, business plan development, service-learning, and use of media and simulations).
Internship (4 credit): Professional internships, in which you gain knowledge of an organization or industry, as well as practical knowledge of a career field.
Optional Courses (3-4 credits): These include research or an elective course.

Top majors:
  • political science
  • economics
  • business
  • international relations
  • journalism

Intern at a diverse range of organizations, government agencies, businesses, or Fortune 500 companies in the DC-area.

More information about Washington Semester Admission requirements can be found here.

Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive.

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA. 

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.

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