Welcome

We are pleased to welcome you to American University and the Washington Semester Program. You will soon be immersed in the nation's capital-the informational capital of the world and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States.  This web page will guide you through your next steps as you prepare to join your Washington Semester Program cohort soon.

Steps

To enroll in the Washington Semester program, please submit your enrollment deposit of $400 online:

  1. Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
  2. Login to your myAU portal account and go directly to Eagle Finance. Pay your deposit by e-check or credit card.

Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable and will be held in your student account to be credited toward your tuition.

Class Registration

After your deposit has been processed, your advisor will contact you with information on how to register for classes. In the interim you can sign up for personalized Internship Advising.

Rules and Regulations

All students must adhere to the American University Academic Integrity Code and Undergraduate Student Regulations. Please make sure to review this information before courses begin.

Fall and Spring Students

Consent and Pre-Registration Form

Once you have confirmed your course selection, use your myAU username and password to access the WSP Consent & Pre-Registration Form.

After you have successfully submitted this form, our staff will register you for classes according to your responses.

Summer Students

Authorization and Pre-Registration Form

Once you have confirmed your course selection, use your myAU username and password to access the Authorization & Pre-Registration Form.

After you have successfully submitted this form, our staff will register you according to your responses.

Resume Preparation

Our office will provide tools to assist you in finding an internship. To begin your internship search, you will need to first prepare/update your resume. The average employer spends 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume, so it is important that yours is sharp, clean, with no typos, and represents your experience and skills.

Online Advising

When

  • 1st Friday in month 10 a.m. (EST)
  • 2nd Thursday in month 1 p.m. (EST)
  • 3rd Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EST)
  • 4th Tuesday at 9 p.m. (EST)
  • 5th Monday at 10 a.m. (EST)

How

Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance.

Join the weekly meeting and/or call +1 (626) 521-0013 use Access Code/Meeting ID: 876-264-165

What

Each weekly online internship advising session will start with a 5-10 minute presentation about career development and internships. Then, students can ask questions about internships. Topics will vary based on season, trends, interests, and programs.

Find an Internship that Suits You

Internship Web for Students (Login and look for internships)
Career Values Self Assessment


Career Center Resources

Resume Guidance
Cover Letter Tips

Interview Preparation

AU Career Center Calendar


Internship FAQ's

Why do an internship?
How does an internship build a career?
What steps can I take to make the most of my internship?

Why do an internship?

Now more than ever, employers are highly selective about whom they hire. Virtually all hiring managers prefer to hire graduates who bring real-world experience to their organization. In very real terms, a degree alone may just not be enough to land your dream job. Internships do more than just look good on your resume. You can test-drive the career path that interests you most. You can build a network of professional and personal contacts; develop the skills employers are seeking; and build confidence, motivation and professional work habits you need to excel. Ultimately, an internship can get your foot in the door with major companies or influential organizations. More employers each year hire their interns as full-time employees after graduation.

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How does an internship build a career?

In Washington, D.C., you have unparalleled access to internships. These opportunities enable you to enrich your education with high-impact experiences and to apply classroom lessons in professional settings. SPExS internships polish your job search skills and professional abilities.

Fifty percent of the time, interns report that their professional experiences affirm their career aspirations. However, learning what you dislike in a position, organization, or field is equally valuable. So too is developing new skills, expanding your list of achievements, and building relationships with professionals.

The more internship experience you have, the more qualified you will find yourself for future internships and jobs. Therefore, your SPExS internship will help you explore a wide variety of opportunities and launch you into your future career.

SPExS internship supervisors offer students challenging assignments as well as valuable industry and organizational insights. If you excel in your position, you can expect to walk away with tangible work samples, positive recommendations, and polished interpersonal skills. Perhaps you may even receive a job offer at the conclusion of your internship, as some our SPExS alumni have.

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What steps can I take to make the most of my internship?

From your interview to your exit, actively listen and reflect what you hear. Be inquisitive; ask questions for clarification. Keep your supervisor informed about your progress and activities. Seek feedback and receive it in a gracious, professional manner.

  1. Initiate: Don't wait for assignments during a lull. See what needs attention and offer to help.
  2. Respect: From the executives on down, show respect for all of your colleagues and value each person's contributions.
  3. Reflect: Take the time to think about what you're learning - not just about the organization, industry, or projects, but about yourself.
  4. Thank: Appreciate the opportunities and support that you receive throughout your internship and always send a farewell message to your colleagues, not just your supervisor, extending your gratitude for the experience. In turn, your supervisor may show thanks to you by offering a letter of recommendation for you to share with future employers.

At every stage, the internship experience presents an opportunity to teach you new skills and insights about yourself as well as the real world. You may spend the first few weeks getting acquainted with your co-workers and familiarizing yourself with office protocol. During the introductory phase, you may encounter limited opportunity for creative input. As time passes however, the nature of assignments may change and the level of responsibility may increase. Ask for more assignments and contribute your ideas. Find mentors and make sure your colleagues see you as the "go-to" intern. As you adjust to the office, realize that many interns (and many staff members) perform a certain amount of clerical work. Program standards require that clerical duties are limited to a maximum of 40% of your work. You internship is what you make it; SPExS will help you experience a high-impact educational outcome.

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Fall and Spring

Housing Options

Housing Rates

See housing rates for fall 2017 and spring 2018 Berkshire apartments and residence halls.

Deadlines

Registration for the Spring 2018 semester will be sent to deposited students in early November.

The deadline for submitting the application for university housing is Monday, November 27. After this date, housing is based on availability only. For questions about housing applications and to make changes to submitted forms, please contact the AU Housing Office directly.

Meal Plans

If you would like to enroll in a meal plan, please be sure to indicate your preference on the housing application. You may also apply online through the myAU Portal (under the "Life @ AU" heading) starting in early November for the Spring 2018 semester. If you would like a meal plan, you must sign up by January 16. Purchase of a meal plan is required for Washington Semester students housed on campus.

For students not required to purchase a meal plan, AU EagleBuck$ can be used at a number of off-campus eateries as well as on-campus. It is possible to purchase EagleBuck$ without purchasing a meal plan. Unused EagleBuck$ are refundable at the end of the semester; however, unused meal swipes and dining dollars are not refundable.

Visit the Dining Services homepage, for details about current plans and costs.

Cancellations

Contact Amy Pipher for cancellation information.

Summer 2017

Housing Options

  • Centennial Hall (on-campus)
  • Off-Campus Housing (private and independently arranged)
  • In Centennial Hall, each room shares a private bath with one adjoining room. Actual costs per student will be based on individual move-in/out dates as entered on the housing and meal plan application.

On-Campus Housing Costs

Single occupancy
(per person/per week):
$392.00 weekly / $56.00 daily
Double occupancy
(per person/per week):
$322.00 weekly / $46.00 daily

Meal Plans

Dining Rates estimated per person

These are the only meal plan options available to Summer Students.

50 Block Plan + $225 Eaglebucks:
$800.00
25 Block Plan + $225 Eaglebucks:
$525.00
25 Block Plan + $100 Eaglebucks:
$400.00

Unused meals and/or Eaglebucks can be refunded up to 10 days after student's move-in date as entered on the housing and meal plan application. No cancellation or refund will be granted after the tenth business day. Unused Eaglebucks may be refunded at the end of the semester.

AU Eaglebucks can be used at a number of off-campus eateries as well as on campus, listed here.

If you are interested in a meal plan, please indicate your preference on the housing and meal plan application.

A La Carte Rates

Breakfast:
$8.80
Lunch/Brunch:
$12.95
Dinner:
$14.00

3-Meal Package (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all consumed within 24 hours): $32.50

Deadlines

The housing and meal plan application will be sent to deposited students in late April. The priority deadline for housing and meal plan application submission is Monday, May 8. All housing and meal plan applications must be submitted by Monday, May 15.

After May 15, housing applications may be accepted based on availability. For questions about housing applications and to make changes to submitted forms, please contact the AU Housing & Dining Services office directly.

Cancellations

Cancellations of on-campus housing received prior to receiving a room assignment and no less than 14 days prior to the check-in date requested on the housing application will receive the $200 cancellation fee assessed to your student account.

Cancellations received after receiving a room assignment but before checking in will cause your application and room assignment to be cancelled and the charges for the room to be replaced with the $200 cancellation fee on your student account.

If you request to cancel your university housing after having checked in, your will be responsible for full payment of the requested length of stay as indicated on your housing application and/or any approved extension exceptions.

Health Insurance Requirements

Washington Semester students must purchase American University Health Insurance or verify that their own alternative insurance meets the coverage requirements listed below.

Purchase AU Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled into the American University Health Insurance program after their course registration has been processed by the WSP staff.

If you would like to waive the AU Health Insurance because you already have comparable insurance, see instructions below.

AU Health Insurance Premiums

Fall 2017
$780
Spring 2018
$1,035
Summer 2018
$460

AU Health Insurance Benefit Details

Below is American University health insurance information you can use to compare your current insurance with the insurance plan offered by American University:

Overall Plan Maximum
There is no overall maximum dollar limits on the policy
Deductible
$200 In Network; $500 Out of Network
Co-Insurance
80% In Network; 60% Out of Network
Out-of-Pocket Maximum
$6,350 per insured person, per policy year
Pharmacy Benefits
$10 generic, $35 brand, $50 for non-formulary, mail order option
Emergency Coverage Overseas
Included
Medical Evacuation
Included
Coverage while in Washington, DC
Included
Emergency Coverage Overseas
Students can look online at www.uhcsr.com/american to find US providers

If you have been assessed the premium for the student health insurance plan and want to accept the coverage, you can go to https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/american and click on the link that says "Enrollment Form." By completing this enrollment form, your coverage will become active on January 1 and you will not receive any additional weekly waiver reminder emails.

If you do not complete this enrollment form and do not submit a waiver, your coverage will not become effective until you complete this form or the waiver database closes on February 16 and the charge will remain on your student account. You will not be able to print out an insurance card or access pharmacy benefits until approximately February 21.

Alternate Health Insurance

  • Alternate insurance plans must be provided by a company licensed to do business in the United States, with a U.S. claims payment office and a U. S. Phone number.
  • Company must have a process to remit claim costs to providers within the US.
  • Alternate insurance plans must provide coverage for both in-patient and out-patient medical care in the Washington, DC area, including but not limited to routine care, specialist office visits, diagnostic testing and imaging.
  • Alternate insurance plans must provide for both in-patient and out-patient mental health care in the Washington, DC area.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not limit coverage to Emergency or Urgent medical or mental health care in the Washington, DC area.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not have a maximum dollar limit that the insurance will pay for medical claims.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not exclude coverage for the following:
    • Pre-existing conditions (or the plan must have been in effect long enough that any waiting period has passed).
    • Conditions related to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts or counseling, and drug or alcohol counseling/treatment.
    • Congenital and non-congenital mental health conditions.
    • Sports injuries, alcohol-related injuries or conditions, pregnancies, eating disorders.

Waive AU Health Insurance

If your plan meets the above requirements, you can waive the AU student health insurance.

  1. Visit https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/american
  2. Click on the 2017-2018 American University Waiver Form
  3. Enter your AUID number and date of birth
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts and answer the required questions.
  5. Enter the required insurance information and submit your waiver.

The student health insurance premium will be removed from your student account. Once the insurance waiver has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email. It is imperative that you save and print a copy of this email.

Frequently Asked Question

I tried to enter my AU ID and Date of Birth, but was unable to login to the Waiver System. Why is that?

The American University health insurance waiver will open on December 1. You will be able to access it after you have received a registration confirmation email. If you are still unable to enter the waiver system, check your account activity under Eagle Finances in the myAU portal to ensure that you have been assessed the health insurance charge. if you have recently been assessed this charge, you may need to wait up to 48 hours to gain access to the waiver. If you continue to experience log in issues, please contact the WSP Student Services team at spexsstudentservices@american.edu.

Immunization Requirements

All students under age 26 (except for students who meet statutory requirements for exemption based upon religious or medical reason) must provide proof of the below listed immunizations prior to registration.

Students from overseas should note that all required vaccinations will need to be up-to-date before enrolling in American University, even if the stated vaccinations are not required in your home country.

Documenting Your Immunizations

Mandatory Immunization Form

The Mandatory Immunization Form is the only form that will be accepted as proof of vaccination and must be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Incomplete information or invalid dates on this form will prevent you from being allowed to attend classes.

Form Submission

  1. Please first obtain any needed immunizations.
  2. Then download, print and complete the form below with your medical provider.
  3. Upload your form at american.studenthealthportal.com via Document Uploads, and remember to keep a copy for your records.

Required Immunizations

  1. One Tetanus and Diphtheria booster given within the past ten years. (Tdap is recommended)
  2. Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after age one and at least 30 days apart.
  3. Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chickenpox) given at least 30 days apart, or a history of Chickenpox verified by titer results. DC requires two doses of the Varicella vaccine regardless of the age the student was first vaccinated.
  4. Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B, dose 2 given thirty days after dose 1, dose 3 given four months after dose 2.
  5. Any first year student living in university sponsored housing must be immunized against Meningitis or sign a waiver stating they have read and understand the risks of the disease and do not wish to be immunized.
  6. Any student under the age of 18 must show proof of being vaccinated against Polio.
  7. If you have received immunizations that do not fall into the immunization schedule above (for instance receiving an immunization a week early or a month late) you will need to provide proof results showing immunity.

Religious or Medical Exemption

  • Religious exemption is allowed if a religious leader provides a detailed letter indicating that the immunizations violate his or her parishioner's religious beliefs.
  • Medical exemption is allowed if a medical professional provides a detailed letter indicating that immunizations are medically inadvisable.
  • Both kinds of letters should be addressed to the President of American University, as head of the institution and emailed to immunizations@american.edu.

The Washington Semester Program offers partial scholarship funding to qualified students to facilitate their participation in our programs. Visit the Scholarships page to fill out the scholarship application and view details about current scholarships and work awards.

  1. Please log into EagleService using your myAU username and password.
  2. For additional instructions, you may view a video tutorial.

Home School Billing

Students who pay all or part of their charges to their home school will be sent separate billing instructions and information from Washington Semester Program staff.

Questions about your Bill?

Donna Chapman Williams
Assistant Dean of Student Services
Tel: (202) 895-4912
Email: dchapma@american.edu

Amy Pipher
Student Services Assistant
Tel: (202) 895-4983
Email: spexsstudentservices@american.edu