Admission steps and requirements depend on whether you attend a partner school. Please confirm your partner school status and follow the steps below.

Fall and Spring Requirements

Admission is on a rolling basis. Apply early for better access to competitive internships and housing.

Fall 2021

March 15
Priority Deadline for US Applicants
May 15
Final Deadline for US Applicants
May 31
Deposit Deadline
August 25
Program Start Date
December 18
Program End Date

Spring 2022

September 15
Priority Deadline for US Applicants
November 15
Final Application Deadline US Applicants

Undergraduate students can enroll in the Washington Semester Program Fall and/or Spring semesters. Students need to have:

  • A college GPA of 2.5/4.0 or higher
  • At least 36 earned university credits (or the home school equivalent). Dual enrollment credits do count, but AP/IB credits do not count, towards earned university credits for WSP enrollment eligibility.

Students can apply for admission to the Washington Semester Program with at least 24 earned undergraduate credits (or the home school equivalent).

Students with at least 24 earned undergraduate credits (or the home school equivalent) can apply for conditional admission to the Washington Semester Program, contingent on:

  1.  Proof of enrollment in 12 or more credits during the semester in which you apply (confirmed with an unofficial transcript submitted with your application)
  2. Upon completion of the semester in which you apply, you must submit an official transcript to washsem@american.edu at least 30 days before the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.

If you attend a partner institution:

  1. Contact your home school's Washington Semester Program partner representative to learn about your home school's policies on credit transfer, financial aid, and any home school requirements/deadlines to study off campus.
  2. Your home school Washington Semester Program representative will explain the internal application requirements to apply to the program. Complete your home school's requirements.
  3. Proceed to How to Apply.
  4. If you are unsure of who to contact, email washsem@american.edu or call (202) 895-4900.

If you do not attend a partner institution:

  1. Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on Washington Semester Program credit transfer, financial aid, and any home school requirements to study off-campus.
  2. Proceed to How to Apply
  3. If you're unsure whether you attend a partner institution, email washsem@american.edu or call 202-895-4900 to find out.
  1. Once you have completed your home school requirements, create an account.
  2. After you have created an account, complete the application.
  3. After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).

    Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.

If you attend a partner institution:

  • Official transcript from your home institution
  • Approval from your home institution's representative.
    If you are unable to identify your home institution's representative, please contact us at washsem@american.edu

If you do NOT attend a partner institution:

  • Official transcript from your home institution
  • Academic letter of recommendation

Please submit all supplemental items electronically. Your certified electronic transcript should be sent to spexsdocuments@american.edu through your home institution. If your institution cannot issue an electronic copy, please let us know at washsem@american.edu.

Summer Requirements

Summer 2021

Selective Washington, DC organizations require applications as early as November 15. To be eligible for competitive internships that may mandate security clearances and follow-up, apply early. Note the priority and early deadlines:

February 1
Priority Application deadline
Admission is on a rolling basis.
Apply early for better access to competitive internships.
March 15
Priority Housing Deadline
Housing is guaranteed if you submit your deposit and request housing before this deadline. After this date, housing is provided on a rolling basis as space is available.
April 1
Final Application Deadline
April 15
Final Deposit* & Housing Deadline

*All deposits are non-refundable

 

"Program Eligibility"
Undergraduate Graduate
Candidate must be an actively enrolled student in good standing at an accredited 2- or 4- year institution of higher education Candidate must be an actively enrolled student in good standing at an accredited graduate-level program
OR
Candidate must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the past academic year
Candidate must have completed at least two semesters (or 24 credits) of undergraduate courses by the program start date, not including AP or IB credits Candidate must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from both undergrad and graduate (if applicable) program
Candidate must possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from their home institution Candidate must not require visa support from American University to study in the US
Candidate must not require visa support from American University to study in the US  

To Apply:

  1. Create an account.
  2. Check with your home school advisor or study off-campus office on credit transfer.
  3. After you have created an account, complete the application.
  4. After you have submitted the first portion of your application, you must return to your account and complete supplemental items (once you refresh the page, supplemental items should be an option).

    Note: Your application will not be considered until you have submitted the required supplemental items.
  • Official transcript from your home institution
  • Resume

Please submit all supplemental items electronically. Your certified electronic transcript should be sent to spexsdocuments@american.edu through your home institution. If your institution cannot issue an electronic copy, please let us know at washsem@american.edu.