Program Information
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Spring 2020: Washington, D.C.
February 02, 2020 - May 19, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
11/20/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMBiden Institute
Program Notes
Program Description
Study political science and public policy while enjoying a unique opportunity to live and work right in Washington, D.C. for an entire semester! Students will intern at the placement of their choosing. Past internships have been for various congressional offices, executive agencies, political and nonprofit organizations, as well as within the judicial branch and media outlets. Student will apply for internships on their own, with the support of staff in the Institute for Public Administration. Students will also experience the exciting history and culture that D.C. has to offer.

Students will participate in a minimum of 12 credits, including 6 credits of lecture/discussion-based classes, over 15 weeks in Washington, D.C. The first course is Policy, Inequality and Social Policy taught by a professor from CCNY Wednesday nights. The second course is Washington, D.C. Policy Practicum (POSC483/UAPP433/UAPP733) which will meet once a week for three hours is facilitated by the Biden Institute. The topics will include the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the United States Federal Government as well as the national political organizations and the media. This course will also include site visits that complement the lectures.

Over the course of the semester, students will enrich their coursework with an internship in D.C. for six credits (POSC464/UAPP300). Students will work with the Institute for Public Administration staff to secure internships based on their specific interests. Students will also have the option to arrange an additional 3-credit special research problem with a UD professor.

The program will offer unique opportunities for alumni engagement, allowing students to meet UD alumni who live and work in the city. Students will live in fully furnished rooms in an apartment building located in Washington, D.C., with easy access to the Metro and D.C. bus systems.

Whether you are interested in Congress, the presidency, the justice system, think tanks, NGOs, media or politics, the 15 week University of Delaware Washington, D.C. program is your chance to experience power and leadership up close in the nation's capital.

The Program Fee includes lodging. Students will need to budget for meals, laundry, cellphone, and other personal expenses.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 12 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
POSC 464-070: Internship in Political Science and International Relations (6 credits)
Internship in a political science or international relations-related field. Includes preparation of a journal of activities and a final project.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Capstone
Restrictions: Requires permission of instructor.
POSC 467-070: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
This course examines the development of the American welfare state and current conflicts and debates about its performance and future.  The course aims to improve student’s understanding of the history of social welfare policies in the United States and the challenges associated with changing these policies. Cross-listed with UAPP 467.
POSC 483-070: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
Cross-listed with UAPP 433.
Restrictions: Requires permission of instructor.
UAPP 300-070: Public Policy Field Experience (6 credits)
Policy-oriented, experiential learning. Faculty and public service and research centers will provide a mentoring experience in a range of forms including internships, research projects, study abroad, and supervised community-based initiatives in the world of practice with public agencies and nonprofit organizations in Delaware, the region, nationally and internationally.
Restrictions: For public policy majors only. Not intended for freshmen.
UAPP 433-070: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
Students will live in Washington D.C. and be placed in intern positions. Class will include lectures and site visits and discussions with practitioners and instructors. Cross-listed with POSC 483.
UAPP 467-070: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
This course examines the development of the American welfare state and current conflicts and debates about its performance and future. The course aims to improve student’s understanding of the history of social welfare policies in the United States and the challenges associated with changing these policies. Cross-listed with POSC 467.
UNIV 371-018: Study Abroad - Washington, D.C. (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience and are required to complete a brief post-program assessment of these changes.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
The Semester in Washington, D.C. is designed for undergraduate students regardless of major. Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits) during the program is also required. A minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) is preferred.

To set up a one on one meeting with the faculty director of the program please go to:
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Spring Semester
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$6,365.00$17,080.00
Final Program Fee$300.00$300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,665.00$17,380.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 26, 2019
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Leann Moore
Faculty Director
Biden School of Public Policy and Administration
177D Graham Hall
To set up one-on-one meeting please go to

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.