Program Information
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Spring 2025: Washington, D.C.
February 03, 2025 - May 16, 2025 (dates are tentative)

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
03/18/2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMGraham Hall Room 176
03/19/2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMGraham Hall Room 185
03/20/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMZoom Link: https://udel.zoom.us/j/92032770962
03/21/2024 9:00 AM - 10:00 AMZoom Link: https://udel.zoom.us/j/93725143412
04/29/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMZoom Link: https://udel.zoom.us/j/91046168812
04/30/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PMZoom Link: https://udel.zoom.us/j/99868830975
Program Notes
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.
Important Program Info:
Minimum GPA 2.5
Internship Yes
Start Date TBD
End Date TBD


COVID:
Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad..

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.
Program Description
The Biden School and three of its programs - the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Ithaca Initiative, the Biden Institute, and the Institute for Public Administration – 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. Students will apply for internships on their own, with support from 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 twelve credits are split between three 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 Biden School faculty. 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 (UAPP481/POSC481) taught by a professor from the Colin 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/POSC498). Students will work with staff at the Biden School to secure internships based on their specific interests.

The program will offer unique opportunities for alumni engagement, allowing students to meet UD alumni who live and work in the city.

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.

Housing:
Students will live in fully furnished rooms in an apartment building located in Washington, D.C., with easy access to Capitol Hill, the Metro, bus, and bikeshare systems. All students are required to stay in program sponsored housing, independent housing arrangements are not allowed by UD or the program partners.

The Program Fee includes housing, METRO travel, and excursions in DC.

The Program Fee does not include meals, transportation to DC. Students will need to budget for meals, laundry, and other personal expenses.

The Center for Global Programs & Services cooperates with the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Ithaca Initiative, the Biden Institute, 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.
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 481-070: Topics in Social Policy: 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 your understanding of the history of social welfare policies in the United States and the challenges associated with changing these policies, particularly focusing on the complexities of legislative progress within Congress. Cross-listed with UAPP 481.
POSC 483-070: 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.The course will examine 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. Cross-listed with UAPP 433.
Restrictions: Requires permission of instructor.
POSC 498-070: Capstone Internship (6 credits)
Capstone internship is an indepdent capstone experience defined by the enrolling student in consultation with a POSC department advisor. The 1-6 credit internship will meet the requirements of a capstone course.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Capstone
Restrictions: By permission of the POSC department only.
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.The course will examine 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. Cross-listed with POSC 483.
UAPP 481-070: Topics in Social Policy: 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 your understanding of the history of social welfare policies in the United States and the challenges associated with changing these policies, particularly focusing on the complexities of legislative progress within Congress. Cross-listed with POSC 481.
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
Requirements
The Semester in Washington, D.C. is designed for undergraduate students regardless of major with a minimum 2.5 grade point average at the time of application. Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits) during the program is required.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or virtually.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Faculty Director.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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.
Costs
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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$7,020.00$18,840.00
Estimated Program Fee$300.00$300.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,320.00$19,140.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(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 http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html 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.
Scholarships
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.
Deadlines
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onJune 01, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedOctober 02, 2024
$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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Contacts
Philip Barnes
Faculty Director
Biden School of Public Policy and Administration
pbarnes@udel.edu

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