Delaware in D.C.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the fall semester, we have decided not to offer the Delaware in D.C. program for the fall 2020 semester.

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.

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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.

This program is available to qualifying majors. See below for a full list of qualifying majors.

  • Accounting
  • Africana Studies
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Ancient Greek & Roman Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology Education
  • Art Conservation
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Business Undeclared
  • Chinese Studies
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Economics Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning & Wealth Management
  • French Education Interest
  • French Studies 
  • French/Political Science
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences (BA only)
  • German Education Interest
  • German Studies
  • German/Political Science
  • Global Enterprise Management
  • History
  • History Education
  • History - Foreign Languages
  • Human Relations Administration
  • Human Services
  • Insect Ecology & Conservation
  • International Relations
  • Italian Education Interest
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American & Iberian Studies
  • Latin Education Interest
  • Linguistics 
  • Linguistics & French
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational & Community Leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science Education
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology Education
  • Spanish Education Interest
  • Spanish Studies
  • Spanish/Political Science
  • Sport Management
  • Three Languages
  • University Studies - Undeclared
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Women's Studies

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)

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
  • Math (business/economics) OR College Writing (all other majors) – 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.



Costs are estimated and subject to change


Flat fee for 12 to 17 credits .............................................................................................. $17,140

Required Full-Time Student Fees (paid to American University) ...................... $409.50


Residence Room Rate

Rates are per person, paid to American University

Single Room


Double Room


Triple Room



Meal Plan Rates  

AU doesn’t have a meal plan higher than the “All Access 7 Day + 5 Meal Exchanges ($100 Eagle Bucks)” per week. All first year students are required to sign up for the 175 block plan ($400 Eagle Bucks). According to AU’s current meal plans, the only option is the 175 block or All Access. See below.

Block Count



All Access 7 Day + 5 Meal Exchanges per week



175 block plan



100 block plan



50 block plan



0 Block Plan



Other Estimated Expenses to be Considered

  • Books (approximately $200-$300)
  • Transportation to seminars and internships 
  • Transportation to and from Washington D.C.
  • Social and cultural activities

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