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Washington Semester

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Campus advisor: Dr. Joseph Cammarano

American University Washington Semester Program web site  

The Washington Semester program is a distinct division of American University with its own separate campus, faculty, and curriculum. There are ten programs offered by the Washington Semester program from which to choose: American Politics; Islam & World Affairs; Global Economics and Business; Foreign Policy; International Environment and Development; International Law and Organization; Journalism; Justice and Law; Peace and Conflict Resolution; Transforming Communities.

The Washington Semester Program offered by American University is available on a competitive basis to four Providence College juniors or first semester seniors each academic year. PC juniors may attend the program for either the fall or spring semesters. Seniors are restricted to the fall semester. A Providence College faculty committee selects the participants from PC. Those wishing to apply need to submit the following material to the PC campus advisor. PC students do NOT apply directly to American University. The deadline for submission of application materials for either the Fall or Spring semesters is generally February 1 of the sophomore year. 

  • A cover letter addressed to the PC campus advisor expressing your interest in and preparation for the program. You should indicate how the semester in Washington would contribute to your academic goals in ways not available on the PC campus, why you have selected a specific program of study, and any other information about yourself that you think will help the committee make its decision. You may submit additional material with your letter if you believe it will help the committee in its decision making.  For example, a student applying for the Journalism Program might submit copies of his or her articles published in a newspaper.
  • A description of the proposed independent study project to be undertaken in Washington. (All Providence College students are required to complete the independent study project option of the Washington Semester curriculum.)  The description needs to be at least three pages in length, include a bibliography of scholarly references, and explicitly state how resources available in Washington, but not in Providence, will be utilized for the project.
  • A current Providence College transcript. (Students must have at least 2.5 GPA to apply).
  • A completed “Projected Studies Plan” form available from the Dean’s Office.  The completed form must be approved and signed by the Chair of your major department, the Chair of your minor department (if applicable), and a Dean.

In addition, applicants may be required to attend an interview session with the committee that chooses the participants.  

Students should talk with the financial aid office at Providence College about portability of aid and with the office of Residence Life at Providence College about single semester on-campus living arrangements.

More information regarding the Washington Semester Program ​​