University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2018: Washington, D.C.

Program Dates February 06, 2018 - May 25, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

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 for congressional offices, executive agencies, and political or nonprofit organizations with the help of Democracy Project 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 one night a week. The second course is Washington, D.C. Policy Practicum (POSC483/UAPP433/UAPP733) which will be taught every Friday for three hours. 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. Monday through Thursday of each week, students will enrich their coursework with an internship in D.C. for six credits (POSC464/UAPP300). Students will work with Democracy Project 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 double 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 the congress, the presidency, the courts, 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.

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)
POSC 467-070: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
POSC 483: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
UAPP 300: Public Policy Field Experience (6 credits)
UAPP 433: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
UAPP 467: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
UNIV 371-017: Study Abroad - Washington, D.C. (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$5,935.00$15,930.00
Final Program Fee$3,300.00$3,300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account $9,235.00$19,230.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Leann Moore
Assistant Faculty Director
Public Policy and Administration
177D Graham Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 27, 2017

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
09/07/2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 185 Graham Hall

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