How many credits does the Washington Semester Program offer?
The core of the Washington Semester Program is comprised of your seminar and internship experience. The seminar classes meet three days each week and are worth 8 American University (AU) credits as you will be registered for two 4-credit seminar courses. Your internship is worth 4 AU credits.
Students from US-based institutions are eligible to enroll in an independent research project course for the equivalent of AU 4 credits or any evening elective class at American University for the equivalent of 3-4 AU credits. Most students will complete the equivalent of 12-16 AU credits during their semester in DC, but you may have the option of completing up to the equivalent of 17 AU credits in the 12-17 flat fee tuition rate.
Students from international universities are automatically enrolled in the core of the Washington Semester Program and will receive an AU transcript with 12 credits. We recognize that some institutions require additional credits and do everything we can to provide additional research or elective courses within the School of Professional & Extended Studies to meet your academic requirements. Overseas students wishing to enroll in an elective course on main campus will incur an additional per credit fee.
Elective class options vary based on the program that you choose and the courses offered by AU during a given semester.
You will receive more information about elective options once you have been admitted into the Washington Semester Program.
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If I have a documented learning disability and need assistance, who should I contact?
The Academic Support and Access Center provides extensive services to support you academically and will be able to work with all students with disabilities. You should be prepared to submit documentation from your home school regarding accommodations you currently receive. Be sure to mention you are a Washington Semester Program student.
Academic Support & Access Center can be reached by email or phone +1-202-885-3360