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Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Language Prerequisite:
None
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
None
Housing Options:
Apartment
Internship Option:
Yes
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Yes
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
16
Disciplines of Classes Available:
American Studies, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Science
Program Advisor/Manager:
Cindy Sweeney
Merit Scholarship:
Yes
Need-Based Scholarship:
Yes ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsProgram ActivitiesDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsInformation / Links
 

About the Location

Elon works in partnership with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. providing students with the opportunity to spend a semester or summer taking courses and interning in our nation's capital.

"For over 35 years, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has helped more than 50,000 students from around the world gain valuable experience, and set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. In a recent survey, 98% of TWC interns said our program significantly strengthened their career prospects. Now, TWC alumni are leaders in virtually every field -- public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more."


Academics

Semester: Students earn 12 to 16 semester hours over 15 weeks.

Students take one evening class per week, intern full time on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, and participate in The Washington Center LEAD Program activities on Friday.

Study USA works with The Washington Center to ensure internship placement is both appropriate and mutually beneficial. Previous internships have included The Department of Interior, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, No Labels, Double R Productions, Peace Corps, Voice of America, The Attorney General for the District of Columbia, The White House, and many others. The Civic Engagement Project is a required service component. Students will choose from a wide variety of course disciplines and volunteer opportunities, to ensure they earn credit where needed. Additionally, an in-depth portfolio is required of all students at the end of the semester and can serve as an addition to their resume.

Topic Areas for frequently offered courses include:

  • American Politics and Public Policy
  • Business, Management and Public Administration
  • Communications
  • International Affairs and Foreign Policy
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Leadership
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Washington, D.C.-based course

View the list of available academic courses.

Students are required to attend weekly programs hosted by The Washington Center. These programs primarily consist of lectures and seminars held by top executive officials. Some programs will be broad and apply to all students, while some will be specific to your major. The specialized programs provide the unique opportunity to interact with highly qualified individuals in your area of interest.

Additional Resources: The Washington Center

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Program Activities

Students are required to attend weekly programs hosted by The Washington Center. These programs primarily consist of lectures and seminars held by top executive officials. Some programs will be broad and apply to all students, while some will be specific to your major. The specialized programs provide the unique opportunity to interact with highly qualified individuals in your area of interest.


General Program Dates

For the Spring 2017 semester, students will check-in to their apartments and have orientation on January 25, 2017. Internships begin on January 30, 2017 and conclude on May 11, 2017. Students will move out on or by May 13, 2017.

For the Fall 2016 semester, students will check-in to their apartments on August 24, 2016.  Internships begin on August 29, 2016 and conclude on December 8, 2016.  Students will move out on or by December 10, 2016.


Cost

The cost for this program includes Elon tuition, housing with The Washington Center $5,820 and TWC program fees $8,178.  Please apply by The Washington Center priority deadline to be eligible for scholarship aid from TWC.

Transportation and food costs are NOT included.


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for Study USA, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your Study USA program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Housing

Students are assigned housing in apartment style units in the NoMa area of metropolitan Washington, D.C.


Applications

Apply here first and when approved by Elon, you will apply directly to The Washington Center. Please note that the TWC application has a $60 fee. TWC has a priority application period and a regular application period, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so you will have more selection with internships and courses.


Orientations

One meeting held in late spring for fall students and late fall for spring students.


Additional Information and Links

Questions?  Contact Cindy Sweeney, csweeney8@elon.edu, 336-278-6700



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 04/14/2016
**
Rolling Admission 08/24/2016 12/10/2016
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 01/25/2017 05/13/2017
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Open Period: Apr. 5 to 11:59 PM on Apr. 28. All applications completed in the Open Period will be reviewed by May. 10. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Open Period will be notified in June.

Rolling Period: May. 10 to 11:59 PM on Sept. 15. All applications completed in the Rolling Period will be reviewed within two weeks of submission. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Rolling Period will be notified in October.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Fall 2017 02/16/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/23/2017 12/09/2017
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program. All completed applications are reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Open Period: Sept. 13 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 17.

Rolling Period: Nov. 18 to 11:59 p.m., Feb. 16.

Please view the Payment and Cancellation Policies page for important deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed