Opportunities for Student Growth

WSP continues to provide opportunities for student growth.

With our new flexible approach, students can choose which academic and program components they like (with your approval).

Academic Seminars: We will offer these seminar courses in an online format for the Spring semester.

  • Our seminar faculty can tailor the courses with individual assignments to accommodate students’ academic focus and to align with our traditional seminar offerings.
  • Students may choose to enroll in an AU elective or online course from your institution during their WSP semester.

Credits: Our flexible approach to WSP allows students to curate their WSP experience with a flexible number of credits, ranging from 8 to 15.

Internships: Whether your students are in-person in DC, tele-interning from home, or a hybrid of both, we have internships with renowned DC institutions. Students will make connections with employers, classmates, and colleagues to build their professional work experience and network, helping them launch their future careers.

Housing and Student Services: TurnKey Housing Solutions is providing state-of-the-art housing options for students wishing to experience living in DC for a semester, either in the heart of the District or near our campus – at double occupancy rates comparable to AU housing rates. No matter what their housing choice, all University student and academic support continues to be available for WSP students.

Study Away...in DC

We know many of your students are looking forward to studying abroad in 2021, but these options may be limited or nonexistent. The Washington Semester Program can provide your upper division students an outstanding global perspective and experience in DC.

WSP is offering several seminars with an international focus and a professional internship experience to advance your students’ international language, culture, or policy studies. Spring seminar topics include perspectives on international peace and security, global politics, global communications, international law, and economic policy. Just a few examples of internships for students looking for an international experience include: the Wilson Center, the UN Foundation, the Spanish Embassy, the French American Chamber of Commerce, American Foreign Service Association, and USAID.

Gap Semester for Spring Admitted Students

Many colleges and universities offer international programs to spring admitted students the fall term. For the past six years, American University has offered first year students AU Gap Program centered around an internship and seminar modelled on the WSP program.

The program features a WSP-style seminar designed to engage students with the people and places that define DC, plus a 3-day-a-week internship supervised by an AU faculty member. Students can choose to add an elective course to enhance their readiness to matriculate at your school for the spring term. Students have access to high quality off-campus housing and all university support services.

If you have spring admitted students who may no longer be going abroad, we invite them to apply individually for our Gap Program. If you are committed to send a cohort of 5 or more students, we can customize the program to meet your institutional needs and offer additional credits. Consistent with our WSP commitment, we will not allow your student to apply for admission to American University for 18 months after enrollment in Gap.

Digital Resources

As a partner school, our aim is to support your efforts to inform students about a Washington Semester opportunity through their home institution. Below, you’ll find some digital collateral created to assist you.

Partner Program Video

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Learn more about the Washington Semester Program from Director of Partner Relations, Terrell Austin.

Contact Info
Terrell Austin
Director of Partner Relations
taustin@american.edu
(202) 895-4869

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