Washington D.C.

Program in Brief
This fall or spring semester program offers students in any major the chance to complete an internship in the heart of our nation's capital while earning academic credits. The Washington Center provides opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development, and personal growth. Their accredited program features a field placement, forum, and an elective class.

Orientation
There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an on-site orientation in Washington D.C.

Housing and Meals
Washington Center students live in apartments managed by the Center. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals. The apartments, classrooms, and the Metro are all centrally located.

Academics
Students spend four days a week at an internship site, one day a week in a city forum, and one evening a week in an elective course. The internship and the Washington forum are worth 12 credits combined. The elective course is worth four credits, for a total of 16 credits earned during the semester.

Forums
The forum is a half or full day of activities each week that provides interns special programming within their areas of interest. Students are introduced to public policy through guest lectures, embassy visits, city tours, and workshops.

Elective Courses
Students enroll in one elective course which meets one evening a week. There are about thirty courses offered each semester, most of which can fulfill general education, major, or minor requirements at LVC.

Cost

  • LVC tuition and fees
  • LVC room fees

Travel, board, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change.

Presidential Award and Vickroy Scholarships will be limited to a maximum of 33 percent of tuition. International and tuition exchange students are not eligible for LVC scholarships or tuition benefits for these programs. Domestic students may apply LVC financial aid for one semester program.

Dates
Fall or spring semester

  • Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15 for Fall; October 15 for Spring.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due April 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring.
  • Fall semester in Washington D.C. (approx. 16 credits): Late August to mid-December.
  • Spring semester in Washington D.C. (approx. 16 credits): mid-January to mid-May.

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Eligibility Requirements
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.75 GPA) may apply.

Weekends
Not only do students have the nation's capital city at their fingertips, they are also within easy traveling distance of New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Many students take advantage of this and spend a day or weekend visiting museums and other places of interest.