Delaware in D.C.

About the Program

The Delaware in D.C. program is a special pathway to the University of Delaware. It is a semester-long program in which first-year, non-degree seeking students study at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., for their fall semester before enrolling full-time at the University of Delaware.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy classes taught by both AU and UD faculty, taking advantage of the high-quality academics that both institutions offer. You will take part in experiential learning through an internship at one of the many participating organizations in fields ranging from arts and humanities, to foreign policy, environmental, journalism and more.

This exceptional opportunity will provide real-world skills at the start of college, boosting your resumé and giving you a head-start in gaining valuable field experience.

Delaware In D.C. Students Share Their Experiences

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Enrollment Process

Enroll in the Delaware in D.C. program by paying the nonrefundable $500 deposit and completing the Admissions Decision Reply Form on your student portal, My Blue Hen Home no later than May 1. Capacity is limited in this program. Students will be enrolled in the order in which deposits are received.

 

The Internship Experience

Included in your experience is the opportunity to develop professional skills and make connections through a mentored internship. You will work closely with a faculty advisor who will provide support throughout the internship experience. No matter what your intended major, there’s an internship to fit your interest. Below is a list of some organizations where students can gain hands-on work experience:

  • American Bar Association
  • Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • City Wildlife
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Genau Group Real Estate
  • Horton’s Kids
  • Interfaith Alliance
  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Republican National Committee
  • Restaurant Association of Metro Washington
  • Spanish Education Development (SED) Center
  • Sunrise Senior Living
  • World Affairs Council
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • United States Congress
  • U.S. Council on Competitiveness
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 1776 (an entrepreneurship incubator)
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The Delaware in D.C. Curriculum

The D.C. program will consist of five courses of three credits each and a one-credit UD seminar course, for a total of 16 credits. All credits will be part of your academic transcripts at the University of Delaware, ensuring graduation on time. Courses may include:

  • Intercultural Understanding – 3 credits
  • College Writing – 3 credits
  • One freshman level elective course to be selected from American University’s course offerings, subject to prerequisites and availability – 3 credits
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship* – 3 credits
  • Mentored Field Practicum (Internship class) – 3 credits
  • First Year Experience – 1 credit
    *Subject to change

The D.C. Experience

You will live on AU’s campus in a traditional residence hall with one or two other UD students and have access to AU’s amenities, mentors and advisers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the campus’s club and intramural sports, activities and events. UD’s program coordinator will support you during your fall semester at AU and facilitate your connection to UD including visits to campus and networking with prominent alumni.

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TUITION

Flat fee for 12 to 17 credits $16,440

Required Full-Time Student Fees (paid to American University) $315.00

Costs are estimated and subject to change
 

Residence Room Rate

Rates are per person, paid to American University

Single Room

$6,388

Double Room

$4,998

Triple Room

$3,730

 

Meal Plans  

Students are required to purchase a 175 Block (or higher) meal plan for the semester. Each plan includes $200 in Eagle Bucks and $200 in dining dollars.

250 block plan

$3,052

225 block plan

$2,806

200 block plan

$2,711

175 block plan

$2,442

Other Estimated Expenses to be Considered

Books

approximately $200-$300

Transportation to seminars and internships

approximately $25-$35

Transportation to and from Washington DC

 

Social and cultural activities 

 

Learn More

Email delawareindc@udel.edu for more information.