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Washington Semester, Washington, D.C.
Independent Research, International Relations, Internship, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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NOTE: Applicants will be required to do a secondary application after acceptance by St. Olaf. Please contact IOS.
Program Overview St. Olaf College participates in the Washington Semester program in cooperation with American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies. Selected students spend a semester in Washington, D.C., studying government in action. Note: Students participating in the spring semester program cannot take an Interim course because of schedule conflicts.
Academics Students register for a two-credit seminar, a one-credit internship and a one-credit individual research project. Four St. Olaf course credits are awarded for the 16 semester hours. Course levels are determined individually. Students choose an academic track from a number of options including American politics, foreign policy, law, international business, international environmental policy, journalism, and Islam. Some of the tracks include a required or optional international component. Program fees listed in this catalogue do not include the cost of that international component. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
Student Life Students can take advantage of life in the bustling and historic city of Washington, visiting monuments, museums, restaurants, and more. Students can also enjoy the American University campus, its facilities such as the library and gym, and many clubs and organizations. To learn more about student life at American University, click here.
Accommodations/Housing Students live in apartments while studying in Washington.
Pre-Approved GE Credits This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Daniel Hofrenning.