Washington, D.C., USA


There is no better way to learn about domestic and international politics then to experience it. Through American University's Washington Semester program students get a first hand look at Washington D.C., gain knowledge, and experience and make contacts that are useful for their career tracks.


Study in the USA's capital city! The following programs are available: American Politics; Foreign Policy; International Law and Organizations; Journalism and New Media; Religion, Politics, Peace and Security; Sustainable Development. Students interested in the Global Economics and Business should contact an OIE advisor to discuss availability.  Find program information on the Washington Semester website. 

Program participants take seminar classes given by American University faculty, which include guest speakers from related professions. All students serve as interns in companies and government agencies in their field of interest. Students also have the option to take an additional elective class at American University or conduct a research project during the semester.


Students can choose to live in dormitories at American University or in apartments in D.C. More information on living in D.C.


The Washington D.C. program is available during either Fall or Spring semesters. The Fall semester starts in early September and ends mid December; Spring semester starts early January and ends early May.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program.  Estimated living expenses can be found on the American University website.

Other Information

These are examples of possible locations for internships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Amnesty International
  • Brookings Institution
  • Earthjustice
  • EPA
  • Foreign embassies
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Senate Committee for National Security
  • U.S. Congressional offices
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • CBS News
  • NBC (WRC-TV)

Pre-departure Resources