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Washington Semester Information
For many years, Santa Clara students have participated in the Washington Semester Program through American University. The program offers students the opportunity to live, study, and work in our nation's capital for one semester along with other students from throughout the country, as well as from abroad. Numerous programs of study are available, including American Politics, Foreign Policy, Global Economics & Business, International Environment & Development, International Law & Organizations, Journalism & New Media, Justice & Law, The Middle East & World Affairs, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Public Health, Transforming Communities & Public Policy.
In the Washington Semester Program, students combine coursework taken at American University with hands-on experience via internships. In the past, SCU students have interned at the White House, the Justice Department, the FBI, interest groups, Fox News, various non-profit organizations, and offices of Members of the House of Representatives.
Students participating in the Washington Semester Program earn 18 - 24 quarter credits for one semester of study. Grades and units received at American University will count toward the student's SCU GPA and course requirements for the department and the university.