Terms & Credits

Upcoming Terms

Program already full? You can still apply! We often accept students from the waiting list.

term dates deadlines
Fall 2016 Aug 28- Dec 16 application review is closed.
Spring 2017 Jan 8- Apr 28 application review has passed. You can apply for the waitlist or a later term.
Summer 2017 late May- early Aug application review will begin May 15, 2016
Fall 2017 late Aug- mid Dec application review will begin Feb 15, 2017

(last updated 5/2/2016)

Important to Know:

  • Tuition at WCSC is the same as on campus. Financial aid applies during the academic year, and a tuition discount is offered during the summer since financial aid does not apply.
  • Non-profit internships count as a students workstudy job during the academic year.
  • This is a good option for people who are concerned about fitting a cross-cultural and internship experience into their rigorous academic schedule.
  • Many students participate in both WCSC and an overseas cross-cultural, but be sure to tell your adviser so he/she can help you plan.
  • Applications may be waitlisted if received after the review deadline. Apply as early as possible to ensure priority consideration

Program components

1. Internship 20 hours per week, aligns with your interests or major (6 SH, 4 SH for summer)
2. Group Life Share a house with up to 14 other students, an easy walk from Metro
3. Class at a DC University Up to 6 SH in courses of interest to you or required for graduation
4. Seminar Course See below for details (6 SH)

Terms: (Students may consider staying for 2 terms)
Fall or Spring Semester 12-18 credits (Up to 6 credits from a local university class)
10-Week Summer Program 10 credits (Outside university classes not available)

Semester vs. Summer

semester summer
weeks 15 10
internship hrs/wk 20 30
total credits 15-18 10
credits for internship 6 6
credits for WCSC classes 9 4
credits for optional local class up to 3, if needed n/a
financial aid same as on campus n/a
workstudy for some internships n/a
cost (tuition + room and board) same as on campus currently $6,603

Seminar Class: (Taught in-house by EMU faculty, both classes are covered during the 1:30-4:30pm combined seminar class on Thursdays, and consist of field trips, discussions, projects, and lectures). Kimberly Schmidt teaches the 2-course seminar in Fall/Spring terms. Kelsey Kauffman teaches the 4 SH seminar in the summer.

Taught by Kimberly Schmidt in Spring, Fall
HIST 385 A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C. 3 SH
SSC/HUM 385 Exploring Washington, D.C.s Public Art 3 SH

Taught by Kelsey Kauffman in Summer
CCSSC 386/385 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3 SH

Course descriptions

CCSSC 386: A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C., 1930-2000
The Washington, D.C. setting offers students an opportunity to examine the history of race and ethnicity in a specific urban context. The history of African-Americans and their ongoing influence on D.C. neighborhoods and political movements will be explored in this course, as will the more modern influences of a number of immigrant communities including Latinos and Asians.

HIST 385: From Monuments to Murals: Exploring Social Issues Through D.C.’s Public Art
Students attend and review museum exhibits, plays and concerts. Guest lecturers provide guided tours of public art in Washington, D.C. Reading and writing assignments focus on the relationship between art, Washington, D.C.’s social history, and contemporary issues.

WCSC 485: Servant Leadership
How are leaders made? In these critical times, what kinds of leaders does our society need? How is leadership best practiced? College students, at the cusp of adulthood in American society stand at many crossroads. Life-altering decisions, vocational choices, questions about how and whom to serve can stimulate or, conversely, inhibit creativity, a willingness to engage in the serious issues of our day, and a commitment to serve others. This course will be taught in tandem with

WCSC 285: Internship Theory and Practice
Through readings, analytical reflection, journals, and guest speakers, students will explore multiple dimensions of service internships in Washington, D.C.

Local university class
Students who need to take an extra class to stay on track for graduation are able to do so. Our preferred colleges are listed on our Accepted Students page. We can explore course offerings at a few other colleges if those listed do not meet your course substitution needs.

EMU Core Requirements Satisfied

GVC for EMU students:

  • Cross Cultural (completely satisfied by summer or semester term)
  • Writing Intensive (satisfied by CCSSC 386/385 and HIST 385)
  • Community Learning (satisfied by WCSC 285)
  • The WCSC seminar satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences course requirement for the Critical Thinking category of the GVC. In addition, students who come during a term when HIST 385 is offered will have their History and Literature requirement satisfied for Critical Thinking.
  • Senior seminar, for students with 90 SH who come in the fall or spring (satisfied by WCSC 485)