Welcome

We are pleased to welcome you to American University and the Washington Semester Program. This web page will guide you through your next steps as you prepare to join your Washington Semester Program cohort.

Please check your AU email inbox regularly for important updates!

Summer 2021

  1. Accept your offer and enroll

    Available Now

    To secure your spot in the WSP Summer Program, please submit your nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $400 online:

    • Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
    • Log into Eagle Finance with your myAU username and password to pay your non-refundable 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.

    Questions? Game Persse

    Deadline:
    Thursday, April 15
  2. Begin your internship search

    • Access the Internship Web – which contains hundreds of internship openings and thousands of leads (Password available after submitting deposit)
    • Polish your resume and cover letter
    • Review the internship guide “Intern & Learn” (to be sent by email)
    • Join an advising session on a Thursday or Friday at 4 PM ET and/or arrange another time by emailing Amy Morrill-Bijeau
       

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967
     

    Deadline:
    ASAP
  3. Submit survey for optional off-campus housing

    Take this housing survey to indicate your interest in Turnkey Housing


    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912

     
    Deadline:
    Thursday, April 15
  4. Submit Registration Forms

    Available Early April
    Before enrolling in courses at AU, all students must review:


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910
     

    Deadline:
    Monday, May 3
  5. Register for disability accomodations (if needed) 

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Students who are new to American University must register with the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) by submitting documentation and completing the three-step process outlined on their website.


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910
     

    Deadline:
    Priority Deadline: Thursday, April 1
    Final Deadline: Monday, June 7
  6. Submit a headshot for your AU ID card

    Available Late April
    View photo requirements and then submit your headshot.
     

    Deadline:
    Wednesday, May 16 (tentative)
  7. Submit the Immunization Form

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Email your Immunization Form to immunizations@american.edu.
     

    Deadline:
    Monday, June 7
  8. Attend the mandatory WSP Summer Orientation

    Event Date: Monday, June 7

    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

  9. Pay your American University bill

    Available Late May
    Pay your AU bill by the first day of classes.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

  10. Attend your first day of classes

    First Day of Classes: Wednesday, June 9
    Additional information will be provided by your professor.

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910
     

  11. Submit the Experiential Learning Form (ELF)

    Begin your position and complete the ELF in the Internship Web within the first week of the program, June 7-11. Students who have not completed this step by Monday, June 14th will be required to speak with their experiential learning professor.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967

     
    Deadline:
    Monday, June 14
     
  12. Attend Mandatory Professional Development Day

    Event Date: Wednesday, June 30
    Wear professional attire to this event where you will sharpen your professional skills.

    Questions? Amy Morrill Bijeau(202) 895-4967
     

  13. Complete the Midterm Internship Evaluation

    Available Monday, June 28
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

     
    Deadline:
    Friday, July 2
     
  14. Complete the Final Internship Evaluation

    Available Tuesday, July 20
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

     
    Deadline:
    Friday, July 30
  15. Submit transcript request form

    Available Monday, June 7

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910

     
    Deadline:
    Friday, July 30
     
February 1
Priority Application Deadline for early internship placement
Deposit deadline for applicants admitted in this round: March 1.
March 15
Priority Housing Deadline
Turnkey Housing is guaranteed if you submit your deposit and deposit/request housing before this date.
April 1
Final Application and Housing Deadline
Deposit deadline for students admitted in this round: April 15.
May 3
Authorization & Pre-Registration Form Deadline
June 7
Orientation
Mandatory for all students
June 8
First Day of Internships
June 9
First Day of Classes
Last day to withdraw from program for 100% tuition refund
June 11
Last day to withdraw from program for 50% refund
No refund after this date
June 14
Deadline to begin internship
Experiential Learning Form (ELF) submission deadline
June 30
Professional Development Day
Mandatory for all students
July 5
Independence Day (observed)
No classes or internship; AU offices closed
July 28
Last Day of Classes
July 30
Last Day of Internships
All students must intern until this date

Note: Dates are subject to change and all deposits are non-refundable.

Fall 2021

  1. Accept your offer and enroll

    Available Now

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

    • Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
    • Log into Eagle Finance with your myAU username and password to pay your non-refundable 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.

    Questions? Game Persse

    Deadline: May 31

  2. Begin your internship search

    WSP resources available 1 week after submitting your deposit

    • Access the Internship Web – which contains hundreds of internship openings and thousands of leads (Login and password available after submitting deposit)
    • Upload your resume and cover letter in the Internship Web following AU’s template
    • Review the internship guide “Intern & Learn”
    • See emails regarding internship advising sessions, generally held on Thursdays and Fridays at 4 PM ET


    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967

    Priority Deadline for Resume and Cover Letter: June 30
    Final Deadline for Resume and Cover Letter: August 27
     

  3. Submit survey for optional off-campus housing

    Available after submitting deposit

    Take this housing survey to indicate your interest in Turnkey Housing

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912

    Deadline: June 30

  4. Submit Registration Forms

    Available Early April
    Before enrolling in courses at AU, all students must review:


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910

    Deadline: June 15
     

  5. Register for disability accomodations (if needed)

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Students who are new to American University must register with the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) by submitting documentation and completing the three-step process outlined on their website.


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910

    Priority Deadline: July 15
    Final Deadline: August 30
     

  6. Submit the Immunization Form

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Email your Immunization Form to immunizations@american.edu.

    Questions? Student Health Center

    Deadline: July 15

    More Infoabout immunization requirements

  7. Submit a headshot for your AU ID card

    Available Late April
    View photo requirements and then submit your headshot.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912


    Deadline: July 15

    Submit Photo

  8. Enroll in or waive the AU health insurance

    You can only waive the insurance after you are registered in courses totaling 12 or more credits and the $1,139 Health Insurance charge appears on your student account.

    Available one week after receiving email confirming completion of course registration in 12+ credits from WSP staff.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 2

    Health Insurance Options

  9. Review and/or settle your AU student account

    Available Mid-August
    Confirm your financial aid, billing, and payment arrangements with AU and your home school.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 16

  10. Attend the mandatory orientation

    Event Date: Wed, Aug 25 - Fri, Aug 27
    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.

    Questions? WSP Team(202) 895-4900
     

  11. Attend the first day of classes

    First Day of Classes: Monday, August 30

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910
     

  12. Attend the Virtual Internship Fair

    Fair Date: Mon, Aug 30, 9 AM – Noon (tentative)
    Dress professionally and network with Washington, DC, employers. Check your AU email for updates.

    Questions? Amy Morrill Bijeau(202) 895-4967
     

  13. Pay your American University bill

    Available late August
    Your AU bill can be found via Eagle Service. View this page for more information about payment options.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 30

    Pay Bill

  14. Request necessary changes to courses

    Available after submission of pre-registration form
    Email Marissa Whitaker to request any necessary changes to your registration. Monday, Sept 13 is the last day to add or drop an elective course or research project. Courses dropped after Sept 13 will be recorded with a “W” on your AU transcript.

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910

    Deadline: September 13
     

  15. Submit the Experiential Learning Form (ELF) & begin your internship

    Complete this after you confirm an internship
    Begin your internship and complete the ELF in the Internship Web within the first 2.5 weeks of the semester.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967

    Deadline: September 15

    Submit ELF

  16. Complete the Midterm Internship Evaluation

    Available October 12
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

    Deadline: October 15
     

  17. Complete the Final Internship Evaluation

    Available November 30
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

    Deadline: December 10 (last day of internships and classes)
     

  18. Submit transcript request form

    Available August 30
    You must complete this form to have a free copy of your official WSP transcript sent electronically or by mail to the Registrar of your home school. 

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910

    Deadline: December 10

    Grading System

  1. Accept your offer and enroll

    Available Now

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

    • Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
    • Log into Eagle Finance with your myAU username and password to pay your non-refundable 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.

    Questions? Game Persse

    Deadline: May 15

  2. Initiate the process of requesting your J-1 visa

    Available Now

    To proceed with the immigration process, submit the following via the application portal:

    • A copy of your passport’s biological page
    • An official bank letter stating you have the finances needed for your semester
    • A completed, signed, and dated CFIS form


    Questions? Game Persse

  3. Begin your internship search

    Available 1 week after submitting your deposit

    • Access the Internship Web – which contains hundreds of internship openings and thousands of leads (Login and password available after submitting deposit)
    • Upload your resume and cover letter in the Internship Web following AU’s template
    • Review the internship guide “Intern & Learn”
    • See emails regarding internship advising sessions, generally held on Thursdays and Fridays at 4 PM ET


    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967

    Priority Deadline for Resume and Cover Letter: June 30
    Final Deadline for Resume and Cover Letter: August 27
     

  4. Submit Registration Forms

    Available Early April
    Before enrolling in courses at AU, all students must review:


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910

    Deadline: June 15
     

  5. Submit survey for optional off-campus housing

    Available after submitting deposit

    Take this housing survey to indicate your interest in Turnkey Housing

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912

    Deadline: June 30

  6. Register for disability accomodations (if needed)

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Students who are new to American University must register with the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) by submitting documentation and completing the three-step process outlined on their website.


    Questions? Marissa Whitaker • (202) 895-4910

    Priority Deadline: July 15
    Final Deadline: August 30
     

  7. Submit the Immunization Form

    Available After Submitting Deposit
    Email your Immunization Form to immunizations@american.edu.

    Questions? Student Health Center

    Deadline: July 15

    More Infoabout immunization requirements

  8. Submit a headshot for your AU ID card

    Available Late April
    View photo requirements and then submit your headshot.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912


    Deadline: July 15

    Submit Photo

  9. Enroll in or waive the AU health insurance

    You can only waive the insurance after you are registered in courses totaling 12 or more credits and the $1,139 Health Insurance charge appears on your student account.

    Available one week after receiving email confirming completion of course registration in 12+ credits from WSP staff.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams • (202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 2

    Health Insurance Options

  10. Review and/or settle your AU student account

    Available Mid-August
    Confirm your financial aid, billing, and payment arrangements with AU and your home school.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 16
     

  11. Attend the mandatory WSP International Student Orientation

    Event Date: Mon, August 23 – Tues, August 24 (tentative)
    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.

    Questions? WSP Team(202) 895-4900
     

  12. Attend the mandatory WSP Orientation

    Event Date: Wed, August 25 - Fri, August 27
    Check your AU email for updates about times and locations.

    Questions? WSP Team(202) 895-4900
     

  13. Attend the first day of classes

    First Day of Classes: Monday, August 30

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910
     

  14. Attend the Virtual Internship Fair

    Fair Date: Mon, Aug 30, 9 AM – Noon (tentative)
    Dress professionally and network with Washington, DC, employers. Check your AU email for updates.

    Questions? Amy Morrill Bijeau(202) 895-4967
     

  15. Pay your American University bill

    Available late August
    Your AU bill can be found via Eagle Service. View payment options.

    Questions? Donna Chapman Williams(202) 895-4912

    Deadline: August 30

    Pay Bill

  16. Request necessary changes to courses

    Available after submission of pre-registration form
    Email Marissa Whitaker to request any necessary changes to your registration. Monday, Sept 13 is the last day to add or drop an elective course or research project. Courses dropped after Sept 13 will be recorded with a “W” on your AU transcript.

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910

    Deadline: September 13
     

  17. Submit the Experiential Learning Form (ELF) & begin your practicum

    Complete this after you confirm an internship
    Begin your internship and complete the ELF in the Internship Web within the first 2.5 weeks of the semester. 

    You are not allowed to begin your academic training until you have received an amended DS-2019 from AU’s Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau • (202) 895-4967

    Deadline: September 15

    Submit ELF

  18. Complete the Midterm Internship Evaluation

    Available October 12
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

    Deadline: October 15
     

  19. Complete the Final Internship Evaluation

    Available November 30
    Check your AU email inbox for evaluation instructions.

    Questions? Amy Morrill-Bijeau(202) 895-4967

    Deadline: December 10 (last day of internships and classes)

  20. Submit transcript request form

    Available August 30
    You must complete this form to have a free copy of your official WSP transcript sent electronically or by mail to the Registrar of your home school. 

    Questions? Marissa Whitaker(202) 895-4910

    Deadline: December 10

    Grading System

May 15
Final deposit deadline for students from international home schools
May 31
Final deposit deadline for students from US home schools
June 15
Final deadline to complete the Registration Checklist
Deadline to Apply for TurnKey Housing
August 19
TurnKey Housing Lease Begins
Students can begin moving into TurnKey Apartments
August 23
International Student Orientation
Mandatory for all students from international home schools
August 25-27
WSP Orientation
Mandatory for all WSP students
August 30
Fall classes begin
Internship Fair
September 6
Labor Day
No classes; university offices closed
September 13
Last Day to Add/Drop/Change an Elective or Research Project Course
Courses dropped after this day will be recorded with a W on the AU transcript and will not receive a 100% refund if applicable
September 15
Last Day to Add/Drop/Change an Elective or Research Project Course
Courses dropped after this day will be recorded with a W on the AU transcript and will not receive a 100% refund if applicable
September 20
Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund if applicable
September 27
Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund if applicable
No refunds after this date
October 12-15
Midterm Internship Evaluation Period
October 15
Fall Break Day
No classes; university offices open
November 23
Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet
November 24-28
Thanksgiving Break
No classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
November 30-December 10
Final Internship Evaluation Period
December 9
End-of-Semester Celebration
Tentative
December 10
Last Day of Classes and Internship
December 13-28
Final examinations
Professors will provide exam schedule information
December 18
TurnKey Housing Lease Ends
Last day to move out of TurnKey Housing