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.

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.

 

Program Details

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. 

Institutional aid is limited to a maximum of 33% for the Washington D.C. internship program.

Financial Aid Policy

Most LVC students will receive his/her financial aid in full for all semester-long study abroad and study away programs. Exceptions: Allwein scholars will receive 50% of their full tuition scholarship for semester-long study abroad and study away programs. The $2,500/year stipend may be used to supplement the reduction in scholarship. Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission recipients will receive the value of the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship for semester-long study abroad programs. The value will be equivalent to the value awarded to the same year’s incoming class. For example, if the student will be studying abroad in spring 2018, the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship will be the same value that was awarded to the incoming class for 2017-2018 academic year.

Dates

Fall semester

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

*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.

Spring semester

  • Applications should be received by October 15.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due November 15.
  • 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.