Semester in DC
Washington University’s Semester in DC program will introduce students to the workings of our nation’s capital through formal course work, an internship, speaker series, and group activities.
The Semester in DC academic program is designed to introduce students to major figures in national and international affairs, and to provide knowledge of national policy-making processes and familiarity with major policy domains.
Students will live in a secure facility with peers from other renowned universities and will benefit from the academic mentorship of a full-time Washington University onsite director. Tuition covers 15 academic units, and students are responsible for paying for their own housing, food, travel and other living expenses. The DC program is available fall, spring, and summer terms.
A core component of this program is an internship in Washington, DC, which places business students at the intersections of commerce and public policy. With the assistance of the director, students will secure a four-day-per-week internship that relates to their career goals. Internships are available in business, nonprofit, government, law and several other sectors. The internship supervisor, the program director, and Olin faculty will evaluate internship performance.
All students in the D.C. program will enroll in the Seminar on American Democracy and the Policy-Making Process (3 credits). This course will address the major issues and features of the domestic and foreign policy-making processes in the United States.
In addition to the seminar, students will attend a one-credit Washington University Colloquium, which features sessions led by important figures in the fields of government, business, science and the arts. Additionally, business students will design and complete an independent applied research project under the guidance of Olin Business School faculty. The research enables students to customize the Semester in D.C. studies to their chosen business major(s).
Business students enroll in a total of 15 graded academic credits (and, with permission, no fewer than 12 credits.)
The Washington University DC program’s headquarters is located in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace building on Massachusetts Avenue, next door to the Brookings Institution and just moments away from DuPont Circle. Students attend most program sessions here.
Housing is in the University of California facility located on Rhode Island Avenue, which is approximately a seven-minute walk from the DC program headquarters. This central location allows students convenient access to the city's metro system to travel to and from internships. Housing units are four-person, apartment-style and include kitchen facilities.
Outside the Classroom
Under the supervision of the director, students will have the opportunity to explore Washington, DC Planned excursions will range from historic landmarks to world-renowned museums.
The on-campus Washington University semester tuition covers the academic portion of the program; WU financial aid does apply toward the Semester in DC. Living expenses – such as student health insurance, housing, transportation and food – are the student’s responsibility. Housing in the DC program facility will cost approximately $4,120, and living expenses for a semester in D.C. will be approximately $1,900.
Business students who are interested in the Semester in D.C. program should contact Steve Malter, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs, in Simon Hall, Room 12.
If you are not in the Olin Business School, then these policies may not apply to you. If you have questions about how the program looks in other Washington University schools, please contact the following administrators: