University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2022: Washington, D.C.

Program Dates February 07, 2022 - May 19, 2022
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.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The Biden School invites students to study public policy and administration and political science 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 the judicial branch and media outlets. Student will apply for internships on their own, with the support of staff at the Institute for Public Administration in the Biden School. Students will also experience the exciting history and culture that D.C. has to offer.

Students will enroll in a minimum of 12 credits, including 6 credits of lecture/discussion-based courses, over 15 weeks in Washington, D.C. These six credits are split between two courses. The first course is Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (UAPP433/POSC483) which will meet once a week for three hours and is taught by a faculty member of the Biden School. The topics will include the roles and operations of the branches of the United States Federal Government as well as the influence of national political organizations and the media. Students will learn about these topics by hearing directly from D.C. insiders and decisions makers. This course will cover material on political communication and civil discourse, and will also include site visits that complement the lectures. The second course is Policy, Inequality and Social Policy taught by a professor from the Powell School at the City College of New York. Throughout the semester, students will enrich their coursework with an internship in D.C. for six credits (UAPP300/POSC464). Students will work with staff at the Institute for Public Administration 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, bus, and bikeshare systems.

Whether you are interested in Congress, the administration, the justice system, think tanks, NGOs, media or politics, the 15 week Biden School Washington, D.C. program is your chance to experience public policy and administration 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.

The Center for Global Programs & Services cooperates with the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration and the Institute for Public Administration on the administration of this program.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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 467-070: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
POSC 483-070: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
POSC 498-070: Capstone Internship (6 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Capstone
UAPP 300-070: Public Policy Field Experience (6 credits)
UAPP 433-070: Washington D.C. Policy Practicum (3 credits)
UAPP 467-070: Power, Inequality and Social Policy (3 credits)
UNIV 371-018: 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$6,490.00$17,420.00
Final Program Fee$1,000.00$1,000.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account $7,490.00$18,420.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(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:
Philip Barnes
Faculty Director
Biden School of Public Policy and Administration

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

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:
04/30/2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Zoom Link:
05/04/2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Zoom Link:
05/25/2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Zoom Link:
05/26/2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Zoom Link:
05/27/2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Zoom Link:
09/08/2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Zoom Link:

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